Wednesday 13 March 2013

Northern Ireland Tunes - Round-Up #12

What's that? You want your monthly dose of Northern Irish artists currently floating The Metaphorical Boat? Well, who am I to turn down your humble request?

Cub Koala - Falling Apart

Cub Koala is the synth-pop project of Lou Price, who's perhaps better known around these parts as the lead singer of local scene stalwarts Kowalski. Their debut single, "Falling Apart", is available as a complimentary download, and is a nice slice of AutoTune inflected, Owl City/Passion Pit inspired electro loveliness.


The Clameens - #Follow

Derry band The Clameens tread the same road that rock lynchpins Reverend & The Makers have taken by naming their latest single after a Twitter hashtag. This of course means that in ten years time, when Twitter has followed Myspace and Bebo into the great social network in the sky, and when the internet is obsessed with the latest social media outlet, Mumbleblag, their song title will seem quite dated. Until that day comes however, it's best to enjoy "#Follow" for what it is - a great Kings of Leon inspired track from a group of guys looking to stand out from their Derry peers during its reign as City of Culture.


Those Ghosts - Evelyn

There's already been some chatter on the interwebs about Strabane's Those Ghosts in the past few days, despite the fact that they've only been around for a few months and haven't even played live yet. But when their debut release comes out apparently fully formed and polished, it's not too hard to see what the fuss is about. "Evelyn", which is available as a free download, is a rather decent rock tune which calls to mind the some of the earlier songs by Foo Fighters, in particular "Money Wrench" and "Learn to Fly".


The Late Twos - The Late Twos 

And finishing us off this month is the latest release from Belfast group The Late Twos. Their debut self-titled E.P was released last month, and taken from that is the song "The Late Twos", a track that takes Libertines inspired indie-rock and adds a ska-based twist in the verses. The band have released a video for the track in coincide with its release, and with 5,000 hits to date, it's fair to say that it's more popular than the average local music video.

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