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Mike Got Spiked – No Is Not An Answer (Hysterica Records, 2011)

September 29, 2011 Leave a comment

 

Earlier this year, Mike got Spiked’s ‘Live and Acoustic’ album dropped into our inbox, giving us a stripped down, chilled out taste of what to expect from the eccentric outfit’s sophomore studio effort; we found the acoustic renditions to be quite tasty.  Doing their job, they left us foaming at the mouth for the fleshed out, plugged in versions Read more…

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Lorraine Maher – Inspire Me EP (Independent, 2011)

If the name rings a bell, then perhaps you’re a secret Eurovision fanatic, as Ms. Maher first rose to prominent on these shorers in 2005 as a finalist on RTE’s ‘You’re a Star’, only to lose out to the deranged Midlands duo Donna and Joe McCaul.  Most of us would say a lucky escape (where’s Mickey Harte now, i ask), the Offaly native is now based in Los Angeles; a musical hub that has become quite the sanctuary for Irish artists seeking a following Stateside.

Maher keeps good company in the form of Monaghan noise merchants Mike Got Spiked and Kildares’s Jekyl, and in her two years of residency, has build up a a loyal following, gracing the Sunset Strip stages such as ‘The Cat Club’ and ‘Room 5’. Read more…

Matt & Kim – Sidewalks (Fader Label, 2010)

It was with excitement and trembling hands that we gingerly pushed play on Matt and Kim’s latest release ‘Sidewalks’.

With the glorious thirty-odd minutes of our lives that we repeatedly give away to listen to 2006’s self titled release, it’s been with bated breath that we’ve waited for ‘Sidewalks’.

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Miracle Bell – Light Shape Sound (Independent, 2010)

September 12, 2010 Leave a comment

(Album review done for State.ie)

After a gruelling 65 date tour in 2009, Miracle Bell, along with producer Ciaran Bradshaw (Ollie Cole, Dark Room Notes) at the helm, abandoned the live circuit to record debut Light Shape Sound. Clocking in at just under 35 minutes, Kildare’s electro kids’ debut is seemingly an impressive first assault on the airwaves. Read more…

Mike Got Spiked – Mike Got Spiked: Live & Acoustic (Independent, 2010)

September 12, 2010 Leave a comment

(Album review done for State.ie)

Elliott Smith once said that “If you play acoustic guitar, you’re the depressed, sensitive guy”… obviously Mike Got Spiked didn’t hear him. It’s been almost four years since the Poetry and Prozak EP, released prior to their relocation to America, and after three years of constant touring, the former Dublin-based band have decided another record is long overdue. Read more…

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Crimson – Untamed, Underground, Unwell (Independent 2010)

September 12, 2010 1 comment

The latest offering to emerge from The Aftermath’s Transmission Rooms, Crimson’s long awaited debut album ‘Untamed, Unwell, Underground’ was released in June.

After years of tolling away, paying homage to their heroes as a covers act, the four-piece band from the Midlands, decided, rather than bask in the shadows of the stars, to step up to the mark. Read more…

Kids In Glass Houses – ‘Dirt’ (Roadrunner, 2010)

(Album review done for State.ie)

For the last ten years or so, South Wales has become known for spitting out great accts such as Bring Me The Horizon, Funeral for A Friend and Lostprophets, and after hearing the release of their debut album, Kids in Glass Houses were hotly tipped as rising stars.

After the best start in their career, including rave reviews from NME, and being nominated for ‘Best British Newcomer’ at the Kerrang! Awards, they jetted stateside to tour and record their second offering. Read more…