KEV M – AT CROWLEY’S

Gig review of Kev M playing Crowley’s Cork Feb 25Th. Review by The Hypnotyst  

Crowley’s Music Centre Cork is a relatively new venue that has taken its place above The Oliver Plunkett Bar Cork City. It is a music shop by day and a venue by night giving it a unique quality and making it throughly musical. It is the perfect space for acoustic sessions as well as full band performances. Wednesday nights proformance drew a nice crowd. The gig starts with support from Anto Yao, small acoustic set, with his quirky acoustic hip hop flavours. Then we have Diarmuid O’Leary with his very intimate story-songs, also acoustic guitar and one man.

Kev M and band take to the stage, Excellent atmosphere, intimately lit, 7 acoustic guitars arranged in a perfect pattern on stage, it looked like Kev M’s version of a jazz big band, but without the jazz, and more of electro folk. All of course tied perfectly together with his amazing vocal abilities. Most of the time soaring above the music and the band, reaching every single listeners ears with the same intensity, causing spine chilling moments! We get the real sense that this man has something to say, and he is beckoning you to listen to his stories, ranging from life to death, and love to hate. Encompassing the full range of human emotions, In this writers opinion the whole point of creating musical art in the first place!

People are now full attention, and the band are ready to entertain. The first song is “Pretty Love” which only has the man himself Kev M playing acoustic as a solo song. This is typical of his style, telling a story and enticing the listener to Kev M’s internal world, through his sublime falsetto vocals. He warmly connects with the audience between songs, cracking jokes and telling anecdotes, and sometimes giving us insight into what made him create certain songs. The next song is his most famous to date the very haunting “Your Version.” This is when the full bands joins in, creating a never heard before fuller arrangement of this “opposite of love” song. This was highly entertaining, it involved lovely haunting violin melodies, delayed double stopping, electric guitar lead ebow, and gentle conga rhythms accompanying the song; quite an unusual arrangement, but very effective. By now the gig is in full swing with the audience barely even breathing as the atmosphere is so electric with Kev M’s reverberating powerful vocals, and his band in full support. “Slip Away” is in a similar vein, with the fantastic 3 part harmonies provided by Dee, and Aaron,  then the song takes on an Irish traditional music feel, as the whole band kicks in. “I’m Sorry” sounds like one man’s lament, reminiscent of Renaissance composers, singing about losing a lover or a similar melancholic feeling. This song grew in intensity, creating a journey like feel. This writer gets this feeling most of the time when listening to this extra ordinary artist Kev M.

The next song is the most upbeat in the set, with a very happy, uplifting feel. This is the point where the audience are treated to some new, unreleased material, which will be featured on Kevins new album. These are reminiscent of the Doors trippier style of music. Having a very “jam style” feel to them. They sounded wonderfully refreshing, a definite change in a new direction for this man, and a great one it is! Jack O Rourke is featured on one of the songs, lending his piano skill and powerful harmonies to the big band experience. The interplay between Kevin and Jack’s harmonies caught the attention of the whole venue, with the audience listening to every note intently. The musicians were on fire at this point, enthralling the audience with the inspirational music of this intriguing man. Mixing gentle music with an extremely powerful message, and intent, as the gig ones to an end, we know we have just witnessed one of the finest gigs of this year, by one of the finest musicians Ireland has to offer.

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SWITCHBLADE – O EMPEROR

Love this video from O Emperor. The track “Switchblade” is their latest single to be released. I could safely say this could be my song for summer 🙂

Brief synopsis:

The Illuminati are running a Brill building type department in an office producing pop songs with secret subliminal messages to brainwash the public and continue their control over the world.
They contract in the work of Grenson (a Psychoacoustic expert/songwriter) to compose them a catchy hit – “Switchblade” is that song.

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The Parlour TV launches in Whelan’s

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A new music television/web series called the Parlour TV has recently broadcast its first three episodes filmed live in Whelan’s.

Taking place in the Parlour Bar in Whelan’s, the series is being shot over 12 weeks in front of a select live studio audience and features exciting live performances form acts including Lynched, Katie Kim, Sleaford Mods & Jennifer Evans.

The Parlour TV will also include studio discussions with a diverse collection of guests including Niall Byrne (Nialler 9), Aoife Barry (Sweet Oblivion/The Journal.ie) and Liza Geddes (Friction PR).

Each episode will be broadcast weekly – starting on Sunday, February 22nd at 8pm – on a dedicated website, theparlour.tv. It will simultaneously broadcast on Dublin Community Television’s UPC platform: channel 802.

To win tickets for the live recordings in Whelan’s and to keep up to date with all things Parlour related, join the community on our website ,

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#BlogParty

Friday, February 20Th was a great success for Nialler9Le Cool DublinGolden Plec and The Last mix Tape at The Sugar Club. On the night they collaborated their Irish music journalism pulling power and hosted #BlogParty. Bands to take to the stage on the night were Dear DesertCarriagesSeptember Girls and Bitch Falcon.

Bitch Falcon is a four piece consisting of one male drummer and three females on vocals, guitar and bass. They were the highlight of the show and put on a stellar performance. Check out interviews form the bands tomorrow night on Indie Arena 8 – 10pm on www.room101radio.eu.

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LIVE IN THE LIVING ROOM

Clonakilty is home to a well-known bar and music venue that has had a wide array of famous acts through its doors one notably, Noel Redding. The venue is De Barras which has been a live music venue for over Thirty years! That is saying something.

Every Wednesday De Barras holds a night called The Living Room Sessions. Corks own Aine Duffy, Gavin Moore and Kerryman  Ian O’Doherty played a fantastic set last night. With the wind and persistent mist outside, The Living Room Sessions offered a welcome musical sanctuary. Aine Dufy displays and proves her talent by multi-looping her guitar riffs and drum beat right in front of a busy yet silent setting. A soft emotionally intense performance by Ian who is set to release more material in the coming year. He has already released an EP in 2013. You can check out his music on soundcloud.

Gavin Moore kicked off the night with a song in Gaeilge followed on by a self-written song about love in his innocence before “the big bad world bit me”.

The Living Rooms Sessions in De Barras brings the best singer/songwriters to their venue every Wednesday night. It is well worth going along to. I am looking forward to much more during the summer. Check out their videos below.

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THE FLAWS

The Flaws exploded onto the Irish music scene in late 2007 when their debut long player ‘Achieving Vagueness’ was released to universal critical acclaim. It entered the Irish Top 20 and lead to both Choice and Meteor nominations. Having toured the debut for over 18 months playing some amazing shows across the country including sets at Glastonbury, Electric Picnic ’08 and Oxegen the band took a well deserved break.

In October 2010 the band released their second album ‘Constant Adventure’ to critical acclaim and with the departure of original bass player Dane McMahon
in early 2012 the band were forced into a transitional phase. With Paul Mallon picking up bass duties the band continued to perform playing particularly memorable shows in Whelan’s and The Academy in support of their one off single ‘Let’s Fight’. Unsure what to do next the band decided to take an open ended break. The band reconvened in early 2013 and began to exchange ideas. Unbeknownst to all
parties, this was to evolve into the initial phase in the writing process of their third album ‘Springtime For The Flaws’.

Combining the drive and urgency of Achieving Vagueness with the melodic sensibilities of Constant Adventure it became clear to the band that this was their best work to date. Taking matters into their own hands The Flaws decided to
record the album themselves giving themselves a creative freedom to fully express themselves without any outside interference. The results speak for themselves. Lead single, the anthemic ‘Animals’ is a prime example of the band at their most potent. Under an exterior made from solid muscle all the hallmarks of the band’s sound are there. With Colin Berrill’s relentless drum attack, Paul Mallon’s pulsing bass, the soaring harmonies, and the sumptuous melodic interplay between Paul Finn and Shane Malone’s, the bands drive is evident. Mixing duties were handled by the world renowned Marc Carloan.

The following up single ‘Thats What You Get’ is another slice of The Flaws trademark gloompop with a dash of self-deprecation for good measure. With the album due in late March 2015 and a renewed sense of purpose, this promises to be the most exciting phase of The Flaws thus far.

the Flaws Single: ‘That’s What You Get’ out March 6th // Gig: Whelans, March 5th

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