Mixed musical news in my e-mail - a opportunity to win tickets to see Enrique Iglesias and Demi Lovato in Barcelona or a link to the single from The Staves together with news of an intimate Dublin gig in just over a month? Sorry Enrique you can stick your “Sex and Love” Tour up your Latin hole - it is the Stavely-Taylor sisters for me every time.
Having been ensconced in Wisconsin with Justin Vernon the first fruit of their labour has appeared in the form of ‘Blood I Bled’ which is the lead track off an EP of the same name which drops on 28 October 2014. No news on the name or date for the album yet. As you can hear ‘Blood I Bled’ starts of subdued and folky, with the sisters’ vocals delicately interweaving and harmonising, before the beats, brass and stings join the fray and a more Bon Iveresque feel to proceedings. If you like what you hear be sure to snap up tickets for their short UK & Ireland tour in October:
20th - Manchester - Deaf Institute 21st - Glasgow - Cottier Theatre 23rd - Dublin - Whelans 24th - Limerick - Dolans 26th - Birmingham - Institute Temple 27th - London - Crypt on the Green
If you sign up to their mailing list you get access to the tickets a few days before they go on general sale.
Camera - Synchron (Video)
A few weeks back we giddily shared the track ‘Roehre' from the forthcoming second album 'Remember I Was Carbon Dioxide' from Camera. Thankfully the album is no longer forthcoming and has arrived into out world with all the delight and promise of a new born child. If you haven’t gotten a copy check out their video for album track ‘Synchron’ to get a feel for the modern Krautrock delights that are in store for you amongst the albums twelve instrumental tracks. The band have plenty of europrean tour date planned over the next couple of months but sadly no Dublin date yet. I will have to spend my time listening to the album while finishing off David Stubbs’ “Future Days: Krautrock and the Building of Modern Germany.”
Girlpool - Jane (audio)
While I was reading about Cheetahs on the Wichita Recordings website one of the other bands that caught my attention was Girlpool. And just in time too: their self-titled six track debut EP will be released next month and the lead track ‘Jane’ has just made it’s way onto to Soundcloud. Depending on which site your read Girlpool are either from Genoiva or LA. They are a streamlined bass & guitar duo comprising Cleo Tucker & Harmony Tividad. Based on ‘Jane’ and the couple other videos I found on Youtube Girlpool songs are minimal, forthright and utterly compelling. Can’t wait to hear the rest of the EP.
Cheetahs - Cut The Grass (Video)
Cutting the grass is always an options on Sunday mornings, and even though my back lawn could do with a bit of trim I have decided to share some music, including the video for ‘Cut The Crass’, from London quarter Cheetahs. Having been together since the late noughties the four lads, Nathan Hewitt (vocals, guitar), James Wignall (guitar, vocals), Dean Reid (bass, vocals) and Marc Raue (drums), finally released their self-titled album early this year on Wichita Recordings. It is a fine blend of influences, taking the best bits of shoegazing and melodic US alt-rock and fusing them in a giddy driving rush, much like Swervedriver did back in the day.
If this sounds like your thing then the good news is that they will be playing in the The Workaman’s Club, Dublin on Wednesday 26th November. Tickets are for the Radiator promoted gig are only €11.75
The Debutantes - Gentleman’s Wash (Video)
Everyone once is a while I get an e-mail from Bek & Graeme in Soft Power Records alerting me to a new release on their small but perfectly formed label. Today’s mail brought news of a 5-track cassette release from Dublin trio The Debutantes out on 11th October. The band comprises Leon Butler on Guitar and vocals, Paula Cullen on Bass and Vocals and Sarah Grimes on Drums. Both Paula & Sarah are members of September Girls and Sarah also plays in Cruising who we have featured a couple of times.
Leon has made an animated video for the dreamy track ‘Gentleman’s Wash’ (which I am assuming is some kind of euphemism like “A whore’s bath”) but it is the scuzzy ‘Adam’s Apple’ which really grabbed my attention with its catchy male-female vocal interplay, driving drums and big-muffed guitars. Oh and the other three tracks aren’t half bad either. Another triumph for Soft Power.
Marnie - Wolves (audio)
Sticking with old favourites of The Lions Share, just over a year since she released her fine debut solo album ‘Crystal World' Marnie is back with a new track 'Wolves' as a prelude to a second album due in 2015. If you haven't been paying attention up to now you mightn't realise that Marnie is Helen Marnie, vocalist, songwriter and one quarter of Ladytron. There is obviously a large smattering of her (former?) band’s synth heavy sound in there but ‘Wolves’ is damn fine song either way , which just gets better and catchier on each listen (I am on my 3rd in the last 20 minutes).
Computer Magic - My Love (audio)
As with Deers it is only a few weeks since we last posted about Computer Magic but as Ms. Johnson has just posted another fantastic new track called ‘My Love’ it would be rude not to share it. She has also made it downloadable from Soundcloud until it goes onto iTunes. So if you like your synthpop with an smooth edge what are you waiting for? No news on that proper debut album yet.
Deers - Castigadas en el Granero (audio)
It is only a few weeks since we fell in love with the super-cool Madrileñas Deers and their track ‘Bamboo’ b/w ‘Trippy Gum’ 7”. After finishing their summer tour this week the ladies are softening the blow by previewing the lead track from their a new 7” ‘Barn’ which is to be released on 3rd November. The track is called ‘Castigadas en el Granero’ which my leaving cert Spanish translates as ‘Punished in the Barn’. Anyone? Anyway it is sleek, catchy and charming as hell.
Kerbdog - Electricity (Video)
In some bizarre form of synchronicity I found myself looking up Kerbdog on Wikipedia this morning to remember the name of the bass player who was in my year in college. Later in the day I read they have just released a new single and video, and while having my dinner the new song ‘Electricity’ gets played on the arts show on the radio that I wasn’t really listening too.
Anyway seeing as how this is Kerbdog’s first release in about 16 years I thought I should share the love. For those of you who have forgotten the nineties or weren’t old enough to appreciate them Kerbdog were a trio / quartet from Kilkenny who released two major label albums of melody lead alt rock: ‘Kerbdog’ & the truly excellent ‘On The Turn’. After being dropped Vertigo Records the band split up with front man Cormac Battle going on to form Wilt before become a presenter on Irish Radio. Since 2005 the band have been doing one-off gigs and short tours. A PledgeMusic funded live album ‘Congregation’ will be released on 6th October. They are also playign some live dates in November in Dublin, England & the maybe-soon-to-be-independent Scotland.
Alvvays - Archie, Marry Me (Video)
Keeping on the “upcoming gigs in Dublin” theme I just found out yesterday that Alvvays will be supporting Real Estate in the Academy on 22nd October. If you haven’t heard or heard of Alvvays but like catchy guitar-driven indie-rock then you are in for a treat. They are a Canadian quintet fronted Molly Rankin by who have just released their dame fine self-titled debut album on Polyvinyl (US) / Transgressive (UK) / Royal Mountain (CAN). If you are going on 22/10 make sure you get there early.
Lily & Madeleine - The Wolf is Free (Video)
So I realised yesterday it has been nearly 4 week since we lasted posted anything on the Lions Share. This isn’t because the world has stopped releasing good music or we have somehow lost interest. No it’s purely down to real life getting in the way with work etc. I actually got the recent Slint gig in the Button Factory but never got around to reviewing but I ended missing fellow Kentuckian Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy when he hit Dublin the following week even-though I had a ticket.
With that in mind it’s time to get back on the horse. First up the lush video and song ‘The Wold Is Free’ from teenage siblings Lily & Madeline. This is the first single from their second album ‘Fumes’ which will be released on Asthmatic Kitty Records at the end of October. If you weren’t paying attention when we posted about them previouslyLily & Madeleine Jurkiewicz are 17 & 19 year old sister from Indianapolis whose sweet folksy blood-harmonies have been dazzling the interest for a year or two now. The young ladies will be promoting their new album with a string of tour dates in North America & Europe towards the end of the year. This will include a date in the Sugar Club, Dublin on 1st December (same night as Morrissey in the 3Areana & the Silver Apples in the Button Factory - so you are spoilt for musical choice that night - personally I am going to go with youth and check out the sisters.) Get a flavour of what to expect for the KRCW session below or try their Acoustic Session EP.
Jamie T - Zombie (Video)
Its been a quite 5 years on the Jamie T front but now with the release of a new video ‘Zombie’ that is 2 new tracks in a month (check out the recent video for ‘Don’t Find You’ below if you don’t believe me). It is all paving the way for Mr. Treays’ third album ‘Carry On The Grudge' which will see the light of day on 29th September on Virgin Records. While the two new songs sound pretty good it's hard to know if the album will match the youthful exuberance of 'Panic Prevention' and 'Kings and Queens’. Here’s hoping.
The #1s - Heartsmash (Video)
It has been a while since we featured Dublin four-piece The #1s here on the Lions Share but seeing as how they have just released a new video and their debut album ‘The Number Ones' no seems like a good time to revisit the punky pop charms. The lofi video for 'Heartsmash' is typical of their rough and ready aesthetic, with the catchy guitar-driven punk-pop & infectious sloppy harmonies, sticking to the same template the other nine songs on the album use. The whole thing is such a short sharp shock that it doesn't even get over the twenty minute mark: no bad thing in my book. Album is out now on Deranged Records / Static Shock Records
DJ Trax - Attack of the 50ft Amen (Audio)
Since my induction into the world of Spotify I listen to dozens of new electronic tracks every week from Techno to Dubstep via Footwork, Drone, Electro and everything in between. Sometimes the nineties kid in me just wants a bit of breakbeat heavy jungle to get the adrenaline going. Some how DJ Trax must of been listening to me inner thoughts and got his Amen breaks out for a bit of a work-out on the the appropriately names ‘Attack of the 50ft Amen’. He takes the ubiquitous loop and via some supercharged splicing and dicing comes up with something fresh and invigorating that doesn’t let up for over seven minutes.
The treats don’t stop there. Next up on the EP is the equally thrilling ‘89 ‘Til Infinity’ which alludes to the classic Detroit sound from 1989 while referencing the Souls Of Mischief's hip-hop LP '93 ‘Til Infinity.' Last up is 'Bring It Back' which mixes break-beats, wah-wah guitar and vocal samples into something that is as funky-as-fuck. It is out now on Tempo Records.
Basement - Further Sky EP (audio)
So I read that this EP is Basement's return from a 2 year hiatus but I will have to admit that I hadn't heard of them before now. However given that the two new songs on the EP, 'Summer's Colour' (think Dinosaur Jr. crossed with Doves) and 'Jet' are fine examples of nineties flavoured melodic alt rock, like kind I love, then I will have to investigate their two earlier albums 'I Wish I Could Stay Here' from 2011 & 'Colourmeinkindness' from 2012 a bit further. Just for good measure these five Suffolk boys have thrown in a relatively faithful cover of the Suede “classic” 'Animal Nitrate'. They are currently touring the States but I am sure if they play in Dublin I will be twice the age of everyone in the crowd.