"No awkwardness, none of the unsureness of sound or the self-conscious explorations of identity, but all the raw energy and unpolished integrity of a band that have yet to be swept up by ‘the industry’."
"...nothing compares to watching them live. The energy emitted from this band is pretty unreal."
Belfast alt. punk-rockers who play every show like it's their last.
"‘Everything I’ve Learnt’ has swathes of the alternative-punk rock sound akin to the likes of Biffy Clyro and Paramore whilst also “provoking the growth of new ideas”, as Platt laid out, in its lacing together of relentless energy with more reflective and emotive moments."
If you are a fan of 'Bombay Bicycle Club', you should love this acoustic Derry duo Ben Robinson and Adam Montgomery's debut. It's a concept album revolving around a character's loves and losses.
NI Albums 2013 - #1 More Than Conquerors 'Everything I've Learnt'
NI Albums 2013 - #2 Jetplane Landing 'For Foes'
NI Albums 2013 - #5 Sullivan And Gold 'For Foes'
NI Albums 2013 - #8 Axis Of 'Finding St Kilda'
"..it was clear we had all been captivated by what I had seen from all bands."
"More Than Conquerors might be Northern Ireland’s answer to Biffy Clyro."
Doubling up as a Smalltown America showcase, Belfast’s 101 Central will host three exceptional songwriting acts on Friday, December 20.
"Changing" is another example of 'Sullivan & Gold’s' ability to strip back songs and perform them in a charming manner.
Surely a contender for NI album of the year (actually scrap that it’s my favourite album of the year from anywhere), a raw sounding and energetic collection, these songs will sound huge in a live environment.
The latest track is called "I See A Sadness", a delicate one for the Winter that’s in it.
'Sullivan & Gold' have released a festive session video for track "Glory" which is the last track of the duo’s album ‘For Foes’.
'Our Krypton Son' perform "Fool For Love" from the soon released ‘A Graveyard of Stars’ mini album.
Derry collective 'Little Bear' have released the video for their "Night Dries Like Ink" single. The band have enjoyed plenty of success in 2013 with numerous festival, TV and radio appearances
"Beat Generation... Ha!" is the second single from 'Jetplane Landing's' fourth studio album 'Don't Try'
'Our Krypton Son' will release their latest single "Can’t Make You Come Back" on 16 December. The single is the first to be taken from the band’s forthcoming mini album ‘A Graveyard Of Stars’.
Featuring Little Bear at #42 with 'Night Dries Like Ink', More Than Conquerors at #32 with 'Pits of Old', Axis Of at #28 with 'Lifehammer' and Jetplane Landing reaching #1 spot with 'My Radio Heart'.
Meet Derry~Londonderry Duo Sullivan & Gold. Ben Robinson of the talented two-piece on vocal harmonies and comparisons with Simon & Garfunkel.
'Can't Make You Come Back' is the first single to be taken from Our Krypton Son's forthcoming mini album 'A Graveyard Of Stars'.
“For Foes” has many incredible individual tracks (Run Faster, Changing, Jigsaws, People Talk, Don’t stand in Line among others) and brilliant lyricism which match or exceed that standard of previous songs by this pair."
"Attempting those tricky falsettos live on the radio was a brave move but both of them knocked it out of the park."
"If sumptuous and carefully crafted songs are your thing, 'For Foes' will make for a pleasing listen."
"They've got a knack for creating melody in amongst the general post-punk stew with opening track 'All That We Can' featuring a killer chorus."
" A smattering of vocal layering for effect here and there is used for underlining the depth being heard, rather than cause roars of audience approval, as essentially one voice expresses the heart-felt emotions the music effortlessly evokes."
"For Foes, the debut album from Sullivan & Gold is not, praise be, a record over-burdened with angst and look-at-me theatrics. Yes, it swells and pulses. However, it's subtle too, even slippery in places - with interesting shades and detours and, most significantly, and atypical lyrical approach."
"We really want to play in alternative spaces, so at the minute our first three gigs to promote the album are in a thatched cottage, a bookshop and a renovated church! I’m excited about playing in these kinds of places."
"...quite an impressive effort from the Derry lads."
"Releasing an album after six years of silence is a calculated risk, but Jetplane Landing did their sums a long time ago and decided that money doesn’t matter."
"The most clear winner we’ve had this year."
"The energy in the crowd is matched on stage, with guitarists Andrew Ferris and Cahir O’Doherty pulling their best rock shapes to go with their trademark melodic wall of noise."
Multiple acts from our past and present roster are considered for Northern Irish album of the year award. Read more in the Daily Mirror.
"Delighted for Belfast four-piece More Than Conquerors, who sold out The Limelight on Monday for the launch of their debut album 'Everything I've Learnt'."
"They're the most exciting, talented and downright super sound band we've come across in an absolute age."
"As they left the stage I knew, and the crowd knew, that this is a band channeling a buzz that Northern Irish music hasn’t seen in recent years. Tragically... We must now play the cruel waiting game for their debut album. We’re in for a treat, so we are."
"A gig they did at The Black Box earlier in the year, remains the finest hour of entertainment I've witnessed in 2013"
"The song has great harmony vocals, and is made even more notable by containing a piano line that in places seems more in keeping with a house track than a song of the folksy variety."
"Sullivan and Gold are gearing up for the release of their debut album ‘For Foes’ this winter. Fans can get their hands on a glittering gold 12" vinyl copy or the traditional CD will also be available."
"The perfect accompaniment to falling in or out of love."
"Their debut album will be released on Smalltown America on November 4th on both CD and 12? Vinyl formats... Watch the video, shot by Polish Director Cz?owiek Kamera."
"Sullivan & Gold will release their debut album, 'For Foes' on November the 4th."
"The initial preview of this album holds promise for Sullivan & Gold. No doubt we’ll be hearing more about them when their album launches on November 22nd."
"'Run Faster' is the first single from Sullivan & Gold’s debut album ‘For Foes’."
"I caught up with, guitarist/vocalist, Andrew Ferris to discuss the band's time away, how the new record came about, the state of the post-hardcore scene in the UK and how Cahir's hectic schedule affects the band."
"Andrew [Ferris] reveals... “It’s actually the longest period of recording we’d ever gone through. Hopefully that’s reflected in the album.” Judging by the fact that Kerrang Magazine gave ‘Don’t Try’ a blistering 5/5 album review last week, that’s certainly the case!"
"Some album news now and a big welcome back to Derry's Jetplane Landing who end a six-year absence with the excellent Don't Try. It is their first with new drummer Craig McKean (Fighting With Wire)."