"Belfast alt-rockers More Than Conquerors are set to return to the UK next month for a headline tour."
"Having received backing from mainstream UK radio including BBC Radio One, this is More Than Conquerors biggest UK headline tour so far, with eight shows across the length of Northern Ireland, England and Scotland, finishing up in Glasgow at the end of May."
"Following their debut album ‘Everything I’ve Learnt’, the guys are excited to be returning to the English shores to play venues that include Camden Barfly."
"The band will embark on an eight-date tour, which includes a headline performance at Camden Barfly where they’ll be joined by Hampshire quartet Yearbook."
Our Krypton Son comes into his own when he switches to piano, giving the sense of him being immersed in his own world, unaffected by the audience listening attentively.
All these artists are published by Smalltown America Music. They reflect the depth of talent in Northern Ireland right now – they all boast lyrical imagination, great songwriting and wonderful arrangements.
Emerging artists Little Bear, Alana Henderson, Our Krypton Son and Sullivan & Gold will play live music in Caffe Nero stores throughout April.
As part of the Caffe Nero Mini Tour, The Irish News features Our Krypton Son and Little Bear in their Gig Guide
As the Caffe Nero mini tour kicks off, The Sunday World features Sullivan & Gold.
"This unique event is a first for the north"
"These events present a wonderful opportunity to see the band live in an intimate setting''
"...Our Company Mantra is 'Good Music needs to be heard...'"
For the Caffe Nero mini-tour, Sullivan & Gold are featured in the Irish News Gig Guide
As part of the Caffe Nero mini-tour, Our Krypton Son are featured in the Irish News Gig Guide
As part of the Caffe Nero min-tour, Little Bear are featured in the Irish News Gig Guide
"Music has always been critical to the Caffe Nero Experience"
"Our Krypton Son, aka Chris McConaghy, is hailed as one of the most talented singer-songwriters around"
"Little Bear will represent the label and offer lucky punters the chance to represent the label and enjoy their emotionally literate rock."
As part of the Smalltown America Music Cafe Nero tour, Alana Henderson features in the Irish News Gig Guide.
"Sullivan & Gold single is a great finale to a fine album...It's about hope, optimism and the thrill of being with someone special for the first time."
"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."