Drogheda-based indie dance artist Donal Quinn has just released his brand new track ‘Precious’.
Mentioned by Hot Press as saying it “sounds quite unlike anything else we’ve come across”.
Described by Indie Buddie as “‘Precious’ is that wiggle and shimmy track that could coax the most stubborn person onto the dance floor. Get your sunglasses out, cocktails at the ready Mr. Quinn has brought the summer early”.
Played by the BBC Introducing it as – “the definition of a feel good track”.
Donal Quinn is gearing up for more releases. You can catch him:
Feb 26; Circle Sessions, The International Bar, Dublin
Mar 2; Dundalk Fm Live Session, The First Cut, Dundalk Fm
Mar 18; Mods, Skins and Soulies for Repeal; The Underground, Dame St.
Apr 5: Near Fm Live Session; Near Fm
Ireland’s Slow Riot are releasing their new double A-side single, ‘Voyeur/Burn in the City’, via Straight Lines Are Fine on February 2nd. The tracks are the first new material from the band since last year’s ‘Pink December’. Much has happened in the interim; the band expanding to a four-piece after the addition of second guitarist Liam O’Connor (formerly of Fonda), an intense period of songwriting, honing their live craft via numerous festival appearances (notably Electric Picnic, Other Voices), and the recording of a debut album which will be released later in 2018. ‘Voyeur and Burn in the City’ showcase their new approach and provide a tantalizing glimpse of what is to come with their debut full length release.
“Liam came to us with the chord progressions and guitar melody of ‘Voyeur’. I liked the contrast between the spectral, somewhat eerie verse parts and the melodic, hopeful chorus”, says vocalist/bassist Niall Clancy. “Lyrically I wanted to convey this disparity between hope and desperation and found a similarity in, what can be, the voyeuristic nature of romance today.”
‘Burn In The City’ employs dreamy guitars, sweeping synths and a reverberant, spacious mix. The track is hard hitting yet sentimental, animated yet brooding, recalling acts such as Eagulls, Preoccupations and Merchandise in its new-wave dance beats with dark, soaring undertones.
Fresh out of the studio, the ‘Voyeur/Burn in the City’ single was recorded with longtime collaborator Kevin Vanbergen (The Pixies, The Maccabees, Dinosaur Pile-Up, The La’s and Biffy Clyro) at Savage Sound Studios, Hastings at the beginning of 2018. Vanbergen has been a catalyst for the band’s creativity since hooking up with them for the recording of their debut Cathedral EP. Their working relationship continues to thrive, with production of the new material pushing the band into richer sonic territory.
The band have collaborated with up and coming Irish artist Darragh Dempsey for the artwork and videos for ‘Voyeur/Burn In The City’. Recognised by the art world world as a rising talent, Dempsey’s ‘Flesh’ painting was inspired by Francis Bacon’s ‘Study after Velazquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X’; the anguish and surrealism of the image echoing the themes of the band’s new music.
Slow Riot emerge from their hometown of Limerick backed with support from the likes of The Irish Times, Nialler9, Other Voices, Electric Picnic, Today FM and Whelan’s One’s to Watch; their plaudits building at an impressive rate. They’re flying the flag for a new breed of Irish acts ready for the global stage.
They have also amassed a rich profile of support this side of the Irish Sea, with the likes of Drowned In Sound, Q Magazine, The Line Of Best Fit, Clash and Gigwise amongst many others citing them for big things. Previous single ‘Trophy Wife’ earned the band plaudits from Shaun Keaveny on the 6Music Breakfast Show, Radio X, Absolute and was a mainstay on the band’s native Today FM with DJ Paul McLoone declaring Slow Riot to be “my new favourite Irish band”.
Slow Riot returns to the UK in April to headline Communion’s club night in London plus regional dates, but not before they play their first headline Dublin show at Whelan’s on March 22nd. Summer festival dates will be announced very soon.
‘Voyeur/Burn in the City’ Double A-side Single
Out on February 2nd via Straight Lines Are Fine
“A heady mix of layered atmospherics and fuzzy pop that bodes well for the future” – Drowned in Sound
“With this latest release, Slow Riot join the ranks of Eagulls and Savages at the forefront of a new breed of bands fusing danceable beats with dark-pop sentiments.” – The Line Of Best Fit
Cork’s most exciting new music festival It Takes a Village, is happening at Trabolgan Holiday Village in Cork, April 13th – 15th.. Their second line up has been announced adding to the, already, stellar list of names like Young Fathers, Talos, Fujiya & Miyagi, Le Boom and Brian Deady.
Topping the bill for Sunday 15th April is The Gloaming front man Martin Hayes, who teams up with guitar virtuoso Steve Cooney for a rare performance in the idyllic and pastoral surroundings of Trabolgan Holiday Village. The Sunday will also feature Blindboy Boatclub, as he hosts his chart topping podcast live, along with a few surprises. LCD Soundsystem label mate Shit Robot brings his acid house & disco sound, and award winning folk miscreants, Lankum, will make an appearance, along with the big, bold, New Orleans influenced party troupe Booka Brass.
Cork’s finest purveyors of house, Fish Go Deep continue their 30th-anniversary celebrations at the festival, while Roger Doyle, the pioneer of Irish electronic music, will join with writer Kevin Barry for a very special one off performance. Prepare for spaced out, post-apocalyptic prog rock from The Jimmy Cake, and ethereal soundscapes from the ever endearing Saint Sister.
Further new additions to the bill include: Stevie G, Marc O’Reilly, Bantum, Ye Vagabonds, Slow Moving Clouds, David Keenan, Fixity, Bad Bones, Céilí Allstars, Super Silly, Jus’ Me, Spekulativ Fiktion, Rowan, Crevice, Shookrah, Bon Voyage, DJ Scope, John Blek, Bellyman, Landless, A Cow In The Water, Disco E Cultura, Ghostking Is Dead, Prof Ruff Chuff + Fyahred + Benji Revelation.
THE LINE UP SO FAR: Young Fathers – Andrew Weatherall – Martin Hayes & Steve Cooney – Talos – Fujiya & Miyagi – Fish Go Deep – Brian Deady – The Altered Hours – Lankum – The Blindboy Podcast – Booka Brass – Shit Robot – Roger Doyle – The Jimmy Cake – Le Boom – Oh Pep! – Donal Dineen – John Daly – Bitch Falcon – Nialler9 – Seamus Fogarty – Cian Finn – Sunday Times – Kevin Barry – Sim Simma – Saint Sister – Stevie G – Marc O’Reilly – Ye Vagabonds – Bantum – John Blek – Slow Moving Clouds – Bon Voyage – My Name Is John – David Keenan – Fixity – Céilí Allstars – Bad Bones – Shookrah – Anna Mieke – Ryan Vail – Strength NIA – Lilla Vargen – Super Silly – Jus Me – Spekulativ Fiktion – Rowan – Crevice – Ghostking Is Dead – DJ Scope –Disco E Cultura – Bellyman – Bocs Social – A Cow In The Water – Prof Ruff Chuff + Fyahred + Benji Revelation
It Takes A Village is unique in that they offer 150 self-catering houses and apartments, plus 35 fully-serviced campervan sites, contained in Trabolgan Holiday Village. There is no camping in muddy fields here, your booking includes accommodation and unlimited access to the huge variety of entertainment. It’s a residents only affair for the festival weekend, with a limited amount of day tickets on Sunday. All Tier 1 tickets are now sold out, and many of the Tier 2 options have gone too. Tier 3 tickets go on sale on February 7th from www.ittakesavillage.fm. There are also Payment Plan options currently on offer, whereby folks can avail of a 25% deposit on houses only, this option jumps to 50% deposit on the 1st of February so best get moving!
Cork city is teaming with entertainment and festivals alike. Just announced is Cork Sound Fair, music and arts festival has been confirmed for early 2018. Cork is set to host a busy year ahead with other annual festivals soon to be announced.
For more on Cork, Sound Fair check out their video here.