This Week’s Hot Picks – 28/2/17

Check out our ‘Hot Picks’ this week from some great up-and-coming acts!

REWS – “Miss You In The Dark”

London/Belfast female duo REWS are set to play Whelan’s on March 1st and then Voodoo in Belfast on the 2nd. Their music is full of catchy tunes and great beats, with a somewhat sexy edge to their latest single “Miss You In The Dark” – check it out to get in the mood for what is bound to be a great gig.


Greyhaven – “Brother”

Latest single from UK alt-rockers Greyhaven is a catchy tune to get in the mood for summer! Taken from their current EP State Of Mind, the boys are making waves in the punk-rock scene, making appearances on Scuzz TV and Kerrang! Radio – check it out the new video!


WEIRDS – “Valley Of Vision”

Heavy, loud yet melodic, Weirds release their video for single “Valley Of Vision”. The Leeds-based quartet have done the rounds on the grunge/rock scene for a while now and are working on their highly anticipated debut feature length album. If this track is anything to go by, the album should be a cacophony of metal heaven. Stay tuned!


The Cooper-Church Amendment – All Things Must Pass

Solo act Rob O’Sullivan, aka The Cooper-Church Amendment, is an Irish musician who has just released his first, full-length self-produced record. Pop-punk combined with synth and loop pedals, the title track is a trancy anthem that would be interesting to witness live. The whole album is a great feat for just one man so we’ll have to wait and see where the project goes from here!

Check out the full album All Things Must Pass on bandcamp!


Harker – “Somewhere Better”

Brighton punkers Harker have just re-released their debut EP A Lifetime Apart, complete with bonus tracks and new compilations. In honour of this release, the gang have made a new video for one of their first songs “Somewhere Better”, re-recorded especially for this project.

Check it out, A Lifetime Apart is available to order here.


With Confidence – “Long Night”

Aussie pop-punkers With Confidence release the video for their latest single “Long Night” ahead of their UK/European tour kicking off tomorrow! This track is a lovely piano and strings accompanied ballad from their current debut album Better Weather.  A change from their usual boppy, summerish anthems, this track shows that the band is progressing with their brand – things are on the up for the boys!

Tour dates here!

Review: Nigel Barnes ‘The Clearing’

nigel-barnes-the-clearingNigel Barnes is the drummer of pop punk band Don Blake and has gone solo to release his album The Clearing, via Bandcamp, earlier this year. He wrote, performed, recorded, and mixed the entire album himself, apart from one cover of Regina Spektor‘s ‘All The Rowboats’.

The Clearing is a D.I.Y 10-track album recorded in four months. Barnes has said the record is “emo-tinged-indie-punk-with-elements-of-pop.” There is a variety of slower and upbeat tunes with themes like nostalgia, mental health issues, and addiction, regrets, personal experiences with a bit of hope, too.

Track 1 ‘My Future Self’ is summery and very pop punk. It paints an image of looking in another direction in life and having no worries about what’s next because things will always turn out better than expected. It begins acoustically, then slowy adding the electric guitars and drums lifting the mood of the tune. It’s a memorable tune of pop power.

The title track is a conversation between the present and future Barnes. It details the negative thinking of expecting the worst in life with him singing, “You’re always dwelling on the past that’s been and gone, and you keep on looking to the things that might go wrong”. The melody of the vocals is enchanting. The lyrics really carry the song until the end with its great choruses.

The following tracks ‘Sun, Come Back’ and ‘No Stars’ really make the album a whole. It showcases Barnes’s full potential as a songwriter. In ‘Sun, Come Back’ he reassures himself as he optimistically singing, “You know that you’re not alone and this feeling will go.” ‘No Stars’ begins slow before rushing into the bluesy rock with a great replay chorus with a wonderful guitar riff. It deals with a different element of his personality; addiction. It’s a more personal track compared to the rest of the record. There’s a little stubbornness throughout the tune as well as a lot of personal growth and realizing life’s worth it in the end. The vocals are stripped back and you feel a lot of emotion. There is a balance of sorrow and hope with the recognition of positivity and knowledge that the good days are ahead. The stories in every song are quite sad but beautiful.

The last track on the record feels almost like a goodbye song, with his raw talent, showcased again with the great lyricism and instrumentation. It’s an excellent album not only on his songwriting ability and performance but on his producing part. Barnes has poured his heart into The Clearing which as a whole brings the listener on a journey. There’s never a moment of boredom. It’s a refreshing record. Each song is beautifully written. It deserves a few listens.

Stream The Clearing here.


Words by Danielle Holian


Review: The Split Seconds

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DC based foursome The Split Seconds released their self-titled album on the 8th of July via Holy Mother Records. All of the proceeds from the digital sales are donated to Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. They bring a 90s/70s cross-pop-punk sound that will leave you feeling nostalgic and pumped up. The Split Seconds also dabble in some other areas, there’s a sense of California surf punk and grunge thrown in there too, in very small doses.

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Saint Sister to play Christchurch – tickets on sale now!

After a fantastic festival run this summer, Saint Sister have announced a Dublin show in Christchurch Cathedral on November 5th and tickets go on sale today!

14202592_1772220436385436_1393204423399143506_nThis haunting yet melodic duo are really creating a whirlwind through the music scene, with their debut EP Madrid released late last year along with numerous sold-out performances both at home and abroad. If you weren’t lucky to catch either of their sets at Electric Picnic last weekend, then make sure to nab your tickets today – before they’re all sold out!

Tickets available from €19 at Ticketmaster

Interview: Glassgears


After forming in 2013, Dublin-based 5 piece Glassgears have just signed to an American based label, Preston Bevrly Group. We caught up with them before they head off on their adventure with their new label and a new sound;

Hey guys! First off, congrats on your recent signing – tell us how that came about?

Ray: Thanks so much! It’s a huge deal for us, and really hasn’t even sunk in yet, but we are insanely excited and grateful for our label partnering with us and giving us this opportunity. Ape, our A&R manager was in touch with me nearly ten years ago and was interested in the solo stuff I was doing back then, but playing solo acoustic shows wasn’t what I really wanted to do. About a year ago we got back in touch with each other and I showed him what Glassgears were heading towards. It really just all took off from there!

Sarah: Thank you! Yes we’re very excited about it. I guess we have Ray to thank for that! Ape, our label manager came across Ray’s old YouTube channel where she used to upload herself singing and playing guitar. He was impressed with her and contacted her about working together, I’m not so sure what happened then but now here we are all these years later after Ray contacted him about Glassgears.

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Carrickmacross Arts Festival – Ireland’s biggest small festival

Carrickmacross Arts and Music Festival, Ireland’s biggest small festival, will take place in Monaghan from this Thursday, August 11th-14th and tickets are almost sold out! Only in their third year, this year’s lineup is crackin’ with loads in store for music lovers, artists and families alike.


With headlining acts such as Delorentos, Wallis Bird and Wyvern Lingo (to name a few) across Saturday and Sunday, the festival also hosts a comedy night on Thursday 11th featuring various acts such as Barry Murphy (Apres Match) and Colum McDonnell (Savage Eye) and an open-air cinema screening “The Goonies” on the Friday!

Located on the grounds of Callans of the Bridge, the weekend also includes a range of children’s activities, all included in your family ticket price, which features outdoor games, art and craft workshops, karaoke and face painting!

None of this would be possible without the support and resources provided by Carrickmacross’s local community and arts centre, located in the refurbished heritage site of the original Workhouse so come on down and show your support to this great crew of local artist’s and musicians – tickets available from here.