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STA Showcase In AU Gig Guide

Smalltown America and +4 Records head up 'Independence Month' at the Crawdaddy, Dublin.

'Catalonian Love Song' On BBC Introducing NI

Philly Taggart plays Our Krypton Son's 'Catalonian Love Song' on his BBC Introducing in Northern Ireland show.

Feldberg Now On RTE Radio 1

Feldberg's 'Dreamin' has now been added Ireland's national state broadcaster's signature radio station - RTE Radio 1.

Our Krypton Son Featured In The Daily Mirror

The Daily Mirror talk to Chris about the release of his debut single 'Catalonian Love Song' and the STA Showcase at 'Independence Month' in Dublin.

January 2012 Newsletter

Jonny Black's Bionic ankle, New Year's Resolutions, Our Krypton Son Single Release Date, STA vs +4 Independence Week Show in Dublin and the usual ...'more' in this month's STA newsletter :)

Our Krypton Son Featured In The Sunday World

"It's early days, but everything is going great so far." - Chris

STA Showcase In The Sunday World

The STA Showcase at 'Independence Month' in Dublin gets a feature in this week's Sunday World.

STA 'Independence Month' Showcase In The Sunday World

STA Showcase in Dublin makes it into The Sunday World's Gig Guide. Fighting With Wire headlines the showcase alongside Our Krypton Son, More Than Conquerors and many more.

Our Krypton Son On Steve Lamacq

Our Krypton Son's 'Catalonian Love Song' gets played on Steve Lamacq's Radio 2 show.

A Year In Records

2011 was the most colourful year in our label history. Andrew discusses twelve musical months that wobbled, thundered and ultimately uplifted.

LordsOfMetal.nl Review 'Easy Meat'

'The first thing that comes to mind when listening to the second album of the Irish LaFaro is: "These guys don't mind a bit of Therapy? and Helmet."'

STA Showcase Featured In Hot Press Magazine

'The Crawdaddy has teamed up with independent record labels to bring a series of low price, high quality gigs to the Harcourt St. venue.'

'Easy Meat' In Dawn Of The Deaf's Top 10

LaFaro's 'Easy Meat' is number 6 in Dawn Of The Deaf's 'Top 10 Albums Of 2011'

Two PSB10 Acts Make It Into Glasgow PodcArt's Watch List

'Our Krypton Son and United Fruit both make it into Glasgow Podcart's 'Ones To Watch 2012'

The Metaphorical Boat Review 'Catalonian Love Song'

'Lush strings and a recurring piano riff make this one of the most ambitious songs to come out Derry in a long time.'

LaFaro Make Top 50

LaFaro's 'Easy Meat' Makes It Into AU Magazine's 'Top 50 Albums Of 2011'

Smalltown America At Independence Month 2012

The Irish Times talk about 'Independence Month' in Dublin next week

UP Magazine Review 'Easy Meat'

Wanted: Dutch translator

Axis Of In AU's Albums For 2012

"Heavy but happy..."

LaFaro's 'Easy Meat' Is Echoes And Dust's Number 2 Album Of 2011

STA Alumni, And So I Watch You From Afar pinches it to number 1 with 'Gangs'

Dutch Magazine 'Oor' Review 'Easy Meat'

It's all in Dutch, but we're pretty sure its a good review...

The Big List Talk To MTC

"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

LaFaro's 'Easy Meat' In Culture NI Magazine's Top 5 Albums of 2011

'LaFaro show a natural gift for melody and arrangement that could yet take them to new and explosive heights.'

GigApe.com Interview Our Krypton Son

"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

Our Krypton Son Featured In AU Magazine

''Catalonian Love Song' is an artful slice of quirk-pop, replete with intuitive songwriting, delicate and nuance instrumentation and a melody capable of lassoing and capturing event the most resistant heart.'

'Catalonian Love Song' Included On 'Barry Gruff's Irish Songs Of 2011'

Our Krypton Son shares the bill with such acts as Cashier No. 9, Jape, and Cheap Freaks.

Axis Of Are BBC's Ones To Watch For 2011

"You'll never know what they might do to your impending spasmodically convoluted body."

LaFaro's 'Easy Meat' In Clash Magazine's Highlights of 2011

'An 18 track razor sharp punk rock filled album'

Contact Music Review 'Easy Meat'

'This album is less a calm blue ocean, and more a flaming chasm in the deepest depths of hell...These songs are truly punishing, and would probably start riots if you played them loud enough. There is no respite here.'

Our Krypton Son Featured In The Sentinel

"It doesn’t suggest a certain style of music or artist, which I’m a fan of" - Chris

LaFaro In Rock Sound Top 50

We're all really proud to learn that LaFaro's album 'Easy Meat' has made it into Rock Sound Magazine's 'Top 50 Albums Of The Year', number 43 to be precise. Talking about the album they said...

Culture NI Our Krypton Son Feature

'Derry-born Chris McConaghy on 'striving to obtain a big, dreamy sound'.

Rare Skip Moses Performance This Week

LaFaro's Jonny Black's alter ego Skip Moses is playing live this Friday, December 9th in Bennigan's Bar, Derry with Junior Johnson

GoldenPlec Talk 'Catalonian Love Song'

'A gentle and carefully crafted piece which I think you will want to come back to again and again.'

Axis Of Talk To AU About Their Debut Album, Van Crashes And Katy Perry

"I was in the top-bunk watching 'Toy Story' on an iPod..."

December 2011 Newsletter

It's been a busy month at Smalltown Towers, catch up and see what's forthcoming via December's Newsletter.

Noise Magazine Review 'Catalonian Love Song'

'The whole thing is catchy as hell and you’ll find yourself humming it loudly all day.'

The Irish News Review 'Boots & Bones'

'In car terms, they’re like a Toyota Prius equipped with a gas guzzling V8 and spidemobile-spec exhaust system...No, I haven’t been drinking – but I plan on it, probably while giving 'Boots & Bones' another listen.'

Fighting With Wire Back On Tour

Fighting With Wire announce new tourdates with post-hardcore heroes Helmet!

Derry Journal Our Krypton Son Feature

"It’d be brilliant if we were successful enough so I could pack in the unfulfilling day job at some point and just be a self employed songwriter! This time next year, Rodders...” - Chris

I Review Rock Review 'Boots & Bones'

'They are young and can produce catchy pop-punk songs, but also seem to have a maturity in their song writing abilities.'

'Boots & Bones' PanicDots Review

The band's most theological review to date...

DaMusic.be Feature On LaFaro At Eurosonic 2012

'The Pixies at their most dangerous, Big Black with pepper up their asses...'

AU Magazine Review 'Catalonian Love Song'

'The sweep and sway of ‘Catalonian Love Song’ is redolent of Richard Hawley, or the Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner at his most contemplative. Very promising indeed.'

LaFaro Interview And Performance On 'Community of Independents'

Jonny and Dave talk to Community of Independents about why they got into music, touring, and what they think of the modern music industry.

Terrorizer Magazine Review LaFaro's London Show

'It's clear that all they give a shit about is rock.'

'Boots & Bones' Culture NI Review

'With as much mosh-pit fodder as there are contagious sing-alongs, More Than Conquerors' ever-strengthening canon is laying the groundwork for some memorable shows.'

Our Krypton Son - Catalonian Love Song

'Catalonian Love Song' Out Now

Introducing the latest member of the Smalltown America family - Our Krypton Son.

'Boots & Bones' GigApe.com Review

'A dangerously sexy follow up to their eponymous debut.'

'Boots & Bones' Boost The Music Review

'Thought provoking lyrics, epic instrumentation and production to die for.' - 8/10