FINAL SCORE: Best Albums of the Year 2019. Countdown: 30 to 21

30.  Pet Deaths – to the top of the hill and roll… to the top of the hill and roll… is no brutal assault. Each track slowly unfurls, often from tentative beginnings, perhaps with softly picked acoustic guitar or a gentle piano motif. Gradually, the duo introduce unassuming drones and vocal harmonies which usher Liam Continue Reading

SINGLE REVIEW: Munky – Megaton. Dublin’s funk-punks make a compellingly dark return.

While it has undoubtedly been a vintage year for the Dublin music scene, Munky have been content to shun the crowd and plough their own distinct psych-funk-disco-punk furrow. Springtime saw the release of the band’s debut e.p. Un, Deux, Trois, Cat which, frankly, hasn’t been off our playlists ever since. Munky’s return is predictably perverse, Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: The Murder Capital’s ‘When I Have Fears’ is a Rare Album That Could Only Be Fully Examined With A Thesis, The Type Of Album We Will Still Talk Of In Years To Come.

Earlier this year we were blessed with Fontaines DC’s debut album, the first of the wave of Dublin post-punk to lay on our ears but by the time the bands debut Dogrel arrived the music press had already started to attribute Dublin with a whole scene and not just an isolated quartet of genius. With bands Continue Reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel. Dubliners’ Debut Does Not Disappoint, Much Of It Familiar Like The Comfort Of A Favourite Jacket.

The last six months have resounded with the constant presence of Fontaines D.C. There has been the string of critically-acclaimed single releases and their ever-expanding live juggernaut smashing through venues of increasing size. The rise has been relentless and inescapable for the Dublin quintet, who now drop their debut long-player Dogrel on a salivating public. Continue Reading

TRACK PREMIER & EP REVIEW: Munky – Un, Deux, Trois, Cat E.P: Brimming with knowing swagger and intelligence

The emerging Dublin scene continues to show no sign of let-up; the latest protagonists being dance-punk outfit Munky who have followed up on early trailers You’ve Got Male and One in Five with an extended-play release, the cheekily titled Un, Deux, Trois, Cat. Resplendent in psych-feline artwork, the outing consolidates Munky’s early promise and post-millennial Continue Reading

INTERVIEW: Munky. With A New Single Just Released And An EP On The Way We Chatted with Singer Zac.

Having just dropped evocative charity single ‘One In Five’ commentating on the current justice statistics of sexual assault on women and with their new EP release just around the corner we had to have a chat with singer and guitarist Zac to find out more about Irelands’ latest post-punk release. Hey Munky! Thanks for making Continue Reading

SINGLE REVIEW: Munky ‘One In Five’ Out 13.03.2019

‘‘One In Five’ is Munky’s unapologetic depiction of ‘the ludicrous nature of victim blaming in the face of modern day rape culture’.’ After their auspicious return from a brief online hiatus, and barely a month after unleashing the phenomenal, psych-infused ‘You Got Male’, Irish lads Munky are presenting yet another facet of themselves with latest Continue Reading

INTERVIEW: The Murder Capital, A Band With Quite A Year Ahead Of Them Drip Feeding Us Their Domination Bit By Bit.

Sometimes before a band release any work you know they’re going to make an impression. With difficult economic, social and political climates we may all be struggling, but musicians like The Murder Capital are stamping their mark on the UK scene speaking the words many can’t find themselves. James, singer of The Murder Capital, confesses Continue Reading

LIVE REVIEW: Fontaines DC; The Only Question Is Whether Or Not You Can Handle It – And As Far As They’re Concerned, It’s Your Fucking Problem.

Fontaines DC, Sisteray, Happy 2000: The Joiners, Southampton 14.01.2019.  Happy 2000 may or may not be named after the Southampton Chinese takeaway of the same name but have the undoubted privilege of opening up for Fontaines DC on a night where they (or anyone else for that matter) may have otherwise expected to have been Continue Reading