Meet Derry~Londonderry Duo Sullivan & Gold. Ben Robinson of the talented two-piece on vocal harmonies and comparisons with Simon & Garfunkel.
"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."
Tune in to John Kennedy's X-Posure show tonight (Thursday) between 10pm - 1am for a session from the band and a live chat!
"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."
Brace yourselves: it's time for part two of the Noise Annoys' interview with Jetplane Landing frontman and Smalltown America label founder Andrew Ferris. This week, Mr Ferris talks about his bandmates, recording in Derry and why they can't wait to tour their excellent new LP 'Don't Try'.
"This week, the first of a special two part interview with Jetplane Landing pilot Andrew Ferris celebrating the Derry band's belated return to the rock'n'roll fray after six years in hibernation with fourth LP 'Don't Try' and an imminent tour."
"Play every show like it’s your last. We’re going to keep playing as hard as we can in as many new places as we can and hope people join in along the way."
"Kris: Support independent music; One Direction have enough money."
Ahead of their headline show in Whelans this October, Mark from Northern Irish rock act Little Bear talks about Other Voices, influences and the release of the band’s latest double-sided single.
"...we’re still alive, still touring and still loving every minute of it. We won’t be stopping anytime soon over who ate the last 12p pot noodle from Tesco."
"..The people who follow us seem to have genuinely embraced the record; they seem to be into it. To hope for anything more than that would feel a little greedy."
"The group only formed around 18 months ago but have already made impressive waves in the music industry..."
"Derry band Little Bear got 2013 off to a great start when they were chosen to replace Two Door Cinema Club at the Other Voices event in Derry in February. Things have got busier and busier ever since..."
A winning tale of hard lessons in life and love...
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.
The final day of the London edition of the Other Voices festival saw performances from John Grant, Little Bear and Matthew E White.
"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."
“We miss the UK and Ireland already... maybe not the weather though."
"We write songs about the people we meet, the places we see and the experiences we get from choosing such an unpredictable career path."
"Teeming with noise and personality...'Finding St Kilda' is a brilliant depiction of life on the indie margins."
"Its Rock, but not as you know it."
In their own words: "When we started we made two rules; that we'd only play music we wanted to hear and write words we thought were important."
"..The positive sides of the punk scene had an influence on us in terms of our DIY attitude and our ethics as well, a lot of positive things that we have found through punk rock we still carry with us today..."
“I just want to continue making music, playing gigs and keep on keeping on!”
"McConaghy’s subtly evocative brand of piano-led songwriting bursts with aching melodies and unforgettable turns of phrase, proving as much unforgettable as it is inimitable."
"I've heard lots of bands say that their new album is more mature, and I never really understood the concept. Now I do. There's just something more with these songs. They're more honest and more raw. We're maturing as people, so it makes sense that our music comes along with us."
'I can confirm that the 12" vinyl is a thing of genuine beauty. You may wish to buy two copies, one to play and one to put on your mum's wall'
Derry swear words, collective penile length and who would win between a monkey and a bear with knives. Oh, and there's a bit about music too...
Chris explains why 'Graft Theft Auto: Vice City' is his favourite game
"We think it's the best sounding, tightest record we've done yet" - Dave Magee
We talk to frontman Kris Platt about their appearnace at T, getting played on daytime Radio 1, and a shambolic harmonica player...
LaFaro talk about their upcoming appearance at the first ever Camden Crawl Dublin, their longing to play on The Muppet Show and how riffs rock the ivories.
Kris & Jamie talk to Chordblossom about touring, the new album, and plans for the future. As well as their Christian-Metal namesakes...
Jonny talks tours, the NI scene, Larry David, German chefs, Derry 'wans', writing 'fuck' songs and posthumously fires Scott LaFaro...
LaFaro's Jonny Black explains 'Easy Meat' track-by-track. An insight? Maybe. The truth? Possibly. Good reading? Definitely.
Chris pops into Philly Taggart's BBC Radio 1 Introducing Northern Ireland Show for a chat and some tunes.
''Catalonian Love Song' has spread virulently through the airwaves, infecting listeners with its neo, old-fangled charm.'
"For years the English have been trying to convince the world that the Germans never laugh, that they all wear storm-trooper uniforms and that they are all called Siegfried. But the German people are some of the warmest, funniest people we have ever met." - Jonny
It's been a super-busy month for Our Krypton Son with the release of his debut single 'Catalonian Love Song'. Here's a snippet of what he's been up to and what the reaction has been.
Feldberg talk to Lithuania's second largest news website '15min.lt'
Andrew talks to the Irish News about the formation of Smalltown America, how he missed out on signing Arctic Monkey's and his aspiration to create a STA prog-rock supergroup...
"The first song on the EP we wrote in about 20 minutes, which was amazing. Then it was five months until we wrote another.” - Kris
"No one with any integrity that does what we do started doing it to become rich and I suppose to have some measure of critical success would be the main goal." - Chris
"We’re much uglier and don’t have cool hair or nice threads. That’s all I seem to see in other bands these days."
"I'm not down on it but for every Villagers there are twenty fuckers that sound like him; for every Two Door there are fifty drummers playing that disco beat. It's kinda annoying - but I'm hungover today, so perhaps slightly grumpy!"
"...Comparisons, ranging from Cursive for their similarly narrative songs to the restrained rage of Fugazi and At The Drive In."