The fastest selling debut album in history. Sheffield’s Arctic Monkeys bring tales of bent bouncers, prostitutes, and underage drinking to the Top 40.
Third album from Ireland’s Bell X1, former band-mates of Damien Rice – though don’t let that put you off.
Immigrants now account for ten per cent of the Irish population yet it’s rare we talk to them when we’re not at the McDonald’s drive-through. Stuck with low paying jobs Irish people don’t want to do, lodged in housing Irish people don’t want to live in and hidden from a society that treats their presence [...]
Luka Bloom is Irish and while his name looks Irish it always feels like it couldn’t belong to an Irish man, it sounds too cool almost. Maybe that’s why Barry Moore chose it? He is of course a brother of Christy Moore, perhaps the definitive Irish artist of the last 20 years in the sense [...]
Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher bemoaned the state of the music scene lately because modern bands just didn’t have that genuine feel to them anymore.“If they weren’t in bands they’d all have great careers anyway,” he reckoned and when you watch Coldplay front ads for Greenpeace and Fair Trade you get the impression that early 90s [...]
Where the name comes from is something they’re going to keep to themselves. Just to retain a little mystique, just to keep something exclusively for themselves, it ain’t the greatest secret in the world but in a world full of people who know everything about everything, it’s hard to keep anything in the dark. [...]
Unusual is one way of putting it or maybe it’s the start of something novel. A band with rock n’roll desires firmly rooted in a rural part of Ireland that appreciates the native stew, early morning starts and practices in a converted turkey shed. The Flaws, like many another Irish band, have crept onto the [...]
For a while you think he’s mellowed. You think the sober air and unspoilthalls of the National Gallery are trying to tell you something. The placecan’t speak but it resonates to the clatter of heels on ceramic floors.Upper-class accents utter niceties as middle-aged women, refined from yearsof comfort, ease their way through the crowded caf� [...]
Maybe Neil Hannon has lived a charmed life.Right now he's in London doing promotional work, appearing on Later with Jools Holland and the Jonathon Ross radio show, to promote his latest work under the guise of the Divine Comedy, Victory for the Comic Muse . He's back where he ventured more than a decade ago [...]
Slight of frame and grey of hair, Paul Page stands still while Dublin furiously rushes hither and dither. His arms are folded to a city that is far removed from a place he called home as a child of the ’80s, where street football occupied all the hours that the sun shone. Outside is the [...]