Steven McCool, Little Bear’s magnificently surnamed lead-singer, has a sneaky suspicion that the North West could be looking at a musical golden age.
But the winners on day one were also the comeback kings, Jetplane Landing.
Sure of voice, huge of sound, florid of production: five minutes in the microwave would see them ready for a main stage slot in any festival of your choice.
"...for many they remain one of the most influential bands Northern Ireland has produced in the past 10 years."
The final day of the London edition of the Other Voices festival saw performances from John Grant, Little Bear and Matthew E White.
"He’s back with a new single now and it’s cut from the same, superior pop music cloth."
The silver lining to this television executive's nightmare was the bumping up of 'Little Bear', an emerging Derry band from the music trail to the Glassworks.
Surely it was fate, for 'Little Bear' put on the performance of the entire weekend, banding technology and their own brand rock together seamlessly.
'Little Bear' - purveyors of emotionally literate rock
Their incredibly detailed music is the kind of sound many more established outfits can only ever dream of producing.
'Little Bear's' music is haunting and soulful - they were the one band whom all judges agreed upon as a perfect compliment to the great line-up.
Belfast Music Week comes to Sea Sessions, Europe’s best surf, skate and music festival, on Saturday, June 22 featuring Axis Of, Our Krypton Son and many more!
On the strength of these tracks, it is no surprise why 'Little Bear' are blowing their fellow countrymen out of the water -their sound is ambitious, their songs are captivating, and they aren't half-bad live either.
Compelling, enthralling, bloody loud, I want more.
"...drummer Michael Prain speaks to Crackle about his record collection and stuff."
"New Zealand trio 'Die! Die! Die!'s latest album 'Harmony' is chock full of spiky yet atmospheric and melodic alt rock that should appeal to fans of Texan punkers...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead..."
"With unadulterated energy, 'Harmomy' moves at a frenetic speed, powered by Wilson's masterful guitars and a rawness that can only be encouraged and is no doubt only amplified when experienced live."
"Highlights have been releasing the last four records and playing tons of amazing shows all around the world, and just continuing to be a musician creating music with our friends."
"It’s a thoroughly fine way to round off an impressively promising album."
They played with a lot of energy, and great catchy guitar hooks, snarling vocals and most importantly an amazingly steady rhythm section.
'Die! Die! Die!' have got presence and power, and a huge dash of punk spirit.
'Die! Die Die!’s' unfiltered and powerful stage show has earned them a reputation as one of the most energetic and hardest-working bands around.
"This short, sharp half-hour set embodied most of these New Zealanders’ characteristic energy and frenetic stage presence."
This album proves the band continue their evolution to perfect their sound.
I said previously in my preview that “a concoction of punk, noise pop, grunge, rock and indie all thrown in, with a dose of ranting vocals” was expected from headline band ‘Die! Die! Die!’ and they didn’t disappoint
New Zealand band Die! Die! Die! have been wowing crowds the world over with explosive, sweat-drenched punk shows of the highest calibre.
Die!Die!Die! hit town to promote new album 'Harmony' & bring it home to me that now’s maybe the time to invest in some earplugs for gigs. This was a damn loud show.
'Harmony' is the sound of a three piece spreading their wings, keen to see what else a guitar, bass and drum combination can produce.
'Harmony’ brings together the raw energy and emotion of their live shows, encapsulating savant pop elements with their DIY punk philosophy.
"This is just awesome in the extreme. Don't just believe me though, as they have over 12,000 likes on Facebook"
On Harmony, Die! Die! Die! sound a lot younger than their years – for better and for worse.
Rolling Stone Australia even dubbed the album ‘their finest work yet’ and it is a captivating unity of raw energy and powerful punk elements, as well as including salutes to pop.
Overall 'Harmony' is a good album, with piano keys of closer "Get Back" being a particular highlight.
"Uncompromisingly brutal yet disturbingly subtle in places - check out cinematic closer 'Get Back' for further proof, 'Harmony' represents Die! Die! Die!'s most immediate collection of songs to date."
"With unadulterated energy, ‘Harmony’ moves at a frenetic speed, powered by Wilson’s masterful guitars and a rawness that can only be encouraged and is no doubt only amplified when experienced live."
It should come to no surprise that their sound and songwriting have now reached such perfectly-honed levels, arguably placing the threesome on a podium of contemporary masters of the genre
“We miss the UK and Ireland already... maybe not the weather though."
There is a sense that 'Harmony' takes itself too seriously at times, and the band become lost in the peaks of sonic exploration that they’ve created, but when they nail it, it is an absolute riot.
DDD sound as inspired as ever, and despite their rather convoluted band history, have remembered to let their music do the talking, and it shows
‘Harmony’ has been well received all over the place. ‘Harmony’ described by Rolling Stone Australia as “…their finest work yet”.
"They've been threatening greatness for years and now Axis Of have finally released their debut album."
"Hailing from Derry, Punk trio Axis Of are an accomplished live act whose hi-octane 34 minute debute is fuelled by infection anger and adrenaline, and armed with plenty of melody."
"But one thing is certain, 2013 is going to be their year."
We are delighted to announce a full month of live shows from More Than Conquerors, Mnemotechnic, Axis Of and Negative Pegasus.
"As debuts go this gets right beneath the skin with a truly barbed refrain and an instant aura that scars with a deeper, more sinister presence."
"We write songs about the people we meet, the places we see and the experiences we get from choosing such an unpredictable career path."
"Syncopated sounds, associated with repeated guitar riffs, heady drums and a bass which gains momentum throughout the album, producing a doped electro rock which is powerful and captivating."
"...a rather nifty little power-trio here..."
'Harmony' is an album I was excited to check out and see if Die! Die! Die! had progressed to the point that I always felt they were capable of, and they blew away my expectations.
Northern Ireland have really produced the goods with this one, for a debut album ‘Finding St Kilda’ is a superb effort.