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February 2012 Newsletter

No rest for the STA wicked, this month: MTC Record Debut Album, LaFaro & FWW European Tour News, Our Krypton Son's Irish Aerial Assault and the usual ...'more' in this month's STA newsletter.

Our Krypton Son & Feldberg Still On Top At RTE

Our Krypton Son's 'Catalonian Love Song' and Feldberg's 'Dreamin'' remain in RTE Radio 1's 'A' playlist.

Our Krypton Son In Session For BBC Introducing

Chris pops into Philly Taggart's BBC Radio 1 Introducing Northern Ireland Show for a chat and some tunes.

LaFaro and Fighting With Wire In Bearded Magazine's 'Guide To Belfast'

'It’s not for everyone, and it’ll be interesting to see what they decide to do next, but either way, whatever they’ve got, the people of Belfast want a lot more of it.'

The Big List Interview Our Krypton Son

''Catalonian Love Song' has spread virulently through the airwaves, infecting listeners with its neo, old-fangled charm.'

Our Krypton Son On BBC Radio Ulster

'Catalonian Love Song' played on Ralph McLean's 'Legendary Voices' Show last night on BBC Radio Ulster.

Dutch Site 'iDordt' Review LaFaro Live At Bibelot

'Uiteindelijk kwam ik er op uit dat de muziek wel wat weg had van Peter Pan Speedrock en de zang wel een beetje leek op Johnny Rotten van de Sex Pistols, maar ook hier zijn de overeenkomsten nog vrij ver gezocht.' [This definitely sounds interesting...Any translators?]

Dutch Site 3Voor12 Review LaFaro

'Easy Meat klinkt als Motörhead in overdrive, overkill wordt het echter niet.' [Anyone available to translate?]

German Site MetalTrails.com Interview LaFaro Frontman Jonny Black

"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

Fighting With Wire In AU Gig Guide

Fighting With Wire play Belfast on February 16th.

No Borders Magazine Review LaFaro In Edinburgh

"Throw a glass at Oisin if he makes a mistake." - Jonny

Chimp Magazine Review 'Meat Wagon

'Savage, crunchy, dissonant and punctuated with dynamics that deliver a huge break and massive drop.' LaFaro have 'the drop'? - Do one Skrillex...

OoR Magazine Review LaFaro's 'Easy Meat'

Taken from February's issue of Oor Magazine. Still in need of translation.

More Than Conquerors To Support General Fiasco

More Than Conquerors will join General Fiasco on their upcoming UK tour.

AU Magazine Review LaFaro In Belfast

'Any anxieties about Black being seated were ill-founded; tonight the songs speak for themselves, with the frenzied crowd more than making up for Black’s lack of movement.'

Hot Press Magazine Review STA Showcase

'Close the eyes and you can you could be stage left at some Foos stadium gig.'

The Irish News Review 'Catalonian Love Song'

'Chris’s crooning here sounding a lot like the dulcet tones of the one and only Ian ‘Bunnymen’ McCulloch – high praise indeed.'

Our Krypton Son In VenueOne.com's 'Ones To Watch' Guide 2012

'Trying to give an exact description of Our Krypton Son’s music is like trying to play a game of pin the tail on the donkey, when you and the donkey are drunk.'

Feldberg's 'Don't Be A Stranger' Is GlasgowpodcART.com's 'Song of the Day'

'To put it simply, when you can listen to one track on repeat for an hour or more and you get that ridiculous excitement akin to Christmas Eve then you know you are onto something special.'

Our Krypton Son And Feldberg On RTÉ Radio 1 Playlist

Our Krypton Son's 'Catalonian Love Song' and Felberg's 'Dreamin'' on RTÉ Radio 1's A Playlist.

Indiepop Until I Drop

Message board ranting and labour-of -love indie pop labels

A Year In Focus: LaFaro

Jonny Black talks to Molten Magazine about a year in the life of LaFaro during 2011.

The Irish News Review 'Catalonian Love Song'

'A rich, lush ballad with a groove.'

AU Magazine On Feldberg Rósa's Eurovision Entry

'Her track 'Stund Með Pér' is a sweeping, strings-drenched number reminiscent of John Barry’s Bond themes.'

Our Krypton Son's Airwave Assault

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 Interview With Lithuanian Website '15min.lt'

Feldberg talk to Lithuania's second largest news website '15min.lt'

Catalonian Love Song on Today FM

Our Krypton Son's 'Catalonian Love Song' on Paul McLoone's Show

LiveXS.nl Review LaFaro At Eurosonic

"Compared to you we look like the monsters out of 'Lord of the Rings'." - Jonny

LaFaro's 'Easy Meat' Reviewed In German Magazine 'Eclipsed'

'With fat riffs and their manic vocals this band is about to institutionalise itself into the hardcore genre.' - 6/10

LaFaro's 'Easy Meat' Reviewed In German Magazine 'Visions'

'It’s starting off with a surprise attack: Full Tilt is losing it without warning and hitting the right spots. Nose first, temples second. You’re stumbling. Langer is mocking the German citizenship and during Sucking Diesel the brawl becomes a party'.- Album Of The Year - 10/12

Meg Magazine Review 'Catalonian Love Song'

''Catalonian Love Song' is a smooth piano ballad sung by McConaghy with a voice like chocolate.'

Eurosonic Review LaFaro's Performance At The Festival

"[Here is] so much better than where we're from. Belfast is a fucking shithole, more like a minefield."- Jonny

Feldberg's Rósa at Eurovision?

No-one can say we aren't eclectic!

Oor Magazine Review LaFaro at Eurosonic 2012

You don't need to speak Dutch to guess what 'Jonny Black zit op een stoel' means...

The Derry Journal Talk STA

The Derry Journal talks about the STA Showcase in Dublin as part of Independence Month.

KickingTheHabit.nl Review LaFaro At Eurosonic

'LaFaro speelt stevige rocksongs die net wat harder aangezet zijn dan bij (het bekendere werk van) Therapy?' - Dutch speakers required!

Andrew Talks About STA At 10

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...

Our Krypton Son On Downtown Radio

Our Krypton Son makes it onto Downtown Radio's playlist.

The Irish Times Talk Independence Month 2012

This month the Crawdaddy in Dublin host a festival dedicated to various independent labels and organisations.

Fighting With Wire In Today's Daily Mirror

The Daily Mirror talk to Cahir about upcoming tour and album news.

Fileunder.nl Review LaFaro At Eurosonic 2012

'Lafaro close the opening night of Eurosonic and these Irish do it with verve.'

All Gone Pop Review 'Catalonian Love Song'

'His vocals have something of an old school charm, there’s a smoky feel to them and the fact he actually sounds somewhat forlorn is definitely appreciated.' - 7/10

STA Takeover On RTE

Well, not quite. LaFaro and Our Krypton Son anyway...

AU Magazine Tickets Giveaway

Want to get tickets to tomorrow's Smalltown America / 4+ showcase in Dublin? AU Magazine have the solution.

'Catalonian Love Song' On BBC Radio Ulster

Our Krypton Son's 'Catalonian Love Song' on Ralph McLean's 'Legendary Voices' show on BBC Radio Ulster.

DaMusic.be Review LaFaro At Eurosonic 2012

'If you're from Belfast it's not surprising you make this type of music Lafaro does. Compare it to an unexpected headbutt and you kinda get the idea.

VenueOne.com Review 'Catalonian Love Song'

'McConaghy’s whiskey drenched vocals are spot on and pin everything in place.'

GigApe.com Review 'Catalonian Love Song'

'Smokey, soulful and skillfully crafted, Catalonian Love Song fantasizes a landscape of momentarily glimpsed secret lovers gliding through the side streets of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter.'

'Catalonian Love Song' On BBC Radio Ulster

Our Krypton Son's 'Catalonian Love Song' on The Late Show With Stuart Bailie

LaFaro In AU Gig Guide

LaFaro's first Irish date of 2012 in AU Magazine.