I’ve got hands and I’m gonna use them for something…
Make no doubt about it – I’m a proper Spies fan-boy. Reeled in by their faultless debut EP I’ve loved every track that the Dublin lot have drip-fed in the years since, meaning these two newbies come highly anticipated And yet, I approached the play button with some trepidation. I wasn’t exactly bowled over by the new material the band had showcased at HWCH last October. They were clearly stretching for a new sound of sorts but it just didn’t gel on the night for me; the usual interplay between the vocals and music clashing where once it meshed so well.
I needn’t have worried though because these new tracks are as good as anything that’s come before and arguably even more impressive. They still bear that distinctive Spies sound but the sum of parts is now less linear than what’s come before. The band sound confident, losing themselves in more expressive, expansive riffs that are played out over Michael Broderick’s ever impressive and impassioned yearns. A confident return, and the work of a band with something to say and a clear idea of how they want to say it. Now, any chance of an album, lads?
The launch party is in The Button Factory on Thursday, May 23rd.
New music courtesy of Last Lynx, a bunch of pals from Stockholm who make loose and funky pop tunes. There’s something irresistibly catchy about the dual-vocals of ‘Killing Switch’ but Ocean Reels, the band’s second EP, is full of subtle grooves, spot on vocals and plenty of other little touches that make it worth investigating.
Stream it here.
A (ridiculously) belated shout out for Kid Karate’s latest one which is providing a nice jolt of a Friday and getting me excited for the weekend. I know I’m late to the party on this one but it’s good enough to warrant a mention, however late that may be. With Ian McFarlane (Squarehead, Tieranniesaur) on bass duties you’re always onto a winner but this whole track is Kid Karate’s strongest in a while – bringing some extra polish and catchiness to their typically noisy guitar/drum mix.
There may be question marks over a number of festivals this summer but thankfully, KnockanStockan is not one of them. Taking place from Friday July 26th to Sunday July 28th, the surroundings of the Blessington Lakes are again the setting for the independent shindig, with limited early bird tickets priced at €75 on sale now.
Check out the promo vid below, as well as the first batch of confirmed names in the poster above.
Unsure of whether to head? My glowing review from last year might persuade you.
I’m firmly of the belief that Wild Beasts are among the finest band of humans currently making music. For that reason I’m quite obviously biased but this reworking from Russian cohort D-Pulse is definitely something. A highlight of 2011′s impeccable Smother, ‘Loop The Loop’ is re-jigged here as a dreamy, instrumental B-side jam, with soft and subtle changes enhancing that initial elegance.
Get your free download from here.