COLUMBIA MILLS

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Irish indie/electronic quintet, Columbia Mills, have released a live video for their recent radio hit ‘Battles’. The video was recently recorded in the Dr. Tony Ryan Gallery at the RHA in Dublin (www.rhagallery.ie), with acclaimed artist Leah Hewson’s artwork as a backdrop.

Check out Colmbia Mills new video here

Gig dates:

March 31st – The Kasbah, Limerick

April 1st – Cyprus Avenue, Cork

April 6th – The Harbour Bar, Bray, Co. Wicklow.

Columbia Mills’ debut album is set for release in early Summer 2017.

JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW

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JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW

‘ONE THOUSAND TIMES’ MUSIC VIDEO

TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN SHOW ON FRIDAY JULY 7TH

Check out his new video here

James Vincent McMorrow has released the third music video from his latest album ‘We Move’ for the song “One Thousand Times.” The video was directed by Bob Gallagher [www.bobfilmsthings.com] and McMorrow said in a statement, “I hate being in my own videos. I said to Bob that if we were going to make a performance video then something had to happen in it to elevate it into more interesting territory, that it had to have a point that was more than just ‘guy on stage plays music’. So we gave it a point…. Bob can articulate it better than I can.” Gallagher is an award-winning director based in Dublin and has directed videos for Girl Band and Floor Staff among others. He describes the concept for this video in a statement below:

“When the dictator enters James and the band become prisoners within their own performance, and the complacent audience who try to ignore the malicious presence in the theatre gradually come under attack. No one stands up for anyone else so eventually everybody becomes a victim of the regime. At the end you have a reversal where James’ and the dictator become locked in an exchange where James uses the stage to acknowledge him directly. He sort of pleads with the dictator and you get the sense that he might have made some small impact on him. The video is obviously an exaggerated surreal scenario, with no intention to trivialize complex political issues, but we’ve reached a point where fact and reason aren’t the powerful mind changing tools they should be. We don’t have the middle ground of debate so much as we have streams of diametrically opposed opinions flying back and forth. I think that art can be the middle ground or abstract space where these subjects can be humanized and discussed, and where perceptions can potentially be changed. That may be optimistic but you’d hope that at some point the dictator realizes why he’s the only one clapping.”  – Bob Gallagher

Additionally, McMorrow has announced a Dublin show at Trinity College on Friday July 7th, and is one of the ten shortlisted acts for the RTE Choice Album of the Year, for We Move, and the Song of the Year shortlist for Rising Water. The winners will be announced at the event in Vicar Street on Thursday March 9th.

Praise for ‘We Move’: “On the aptly-titled ‘We Move’, a focused and excitable McMorrow ditches the acoustic and breaks a few shackles, turning over a brand new bag of genre-defying treats.” Eamon Carr – Evening Herald

“Musically brilliant, and lyrically permeated with anxiety, regret, and social unease, ‘We Move’ is a fascinating third chapter.” Olaf Tyaransen – Hot Press

“The songs are probably McMorrow’s finest to date, a clutch of tracks dealing with the doubts and fuzzy-headed approach with which everyone deals with love, life, health and the future.” Jim Carroll – Irish Times

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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