NI Albums 2013 - #8 Axis Of 'Finding St Kilda'
Shane Filan, lead singer from one of the world’s biggest boy bands Westlife turned soloist, is set to join local stars Little Bear and The Clameens at the city’s first Music Legacy event.
The Oh Yeah event will feature three of the most promising acts from Northern Ireland including our very own Little Bear.
"..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’.
2013 was a brilliant year at Smalltown America with quality releases. Follow us on Spotify and checkout our Singles playlist.
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'.
Sullivan & Gold serve up a shimmering version of album track 'Changing' aided by their new drummer Dan Kerr.
"Night Dries Like Ink" is from Little Bear's double A-Side and was shot and edited by Missing Piece Film.
Sullivan & Gold joins Our Krypton Son for a lovely studio rendition of "Fool For Love" from upcoming mini album.
Sullivan & Gold deliver a more stripped back version of their album closer and forthcoming single “Glory” on this live session clip.
"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'.
Another beautiful video from Our Krypton Son filmed in Smalltown America Studio, Derry. Edited by Paul Brown and his team from In Your Steps.
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."
To welcome the season Sullivan & Gold have recorded their version of the Christmas Hymn "O Holy Night".
A festive treat from the pen of Willie Nelson.
On Saturday 7th December Little Bear will be performing not once but twice at Dingle's Other Voices Festival.
On Wednesday 27th November S&G joined Seán Rocks in the RTE Radio 1 Arena studio to talk about their new album 'For Foes' and perform "Run Faster" live.
Thanks to Tristan Crowe for another beautiful video for Our Kryptons Son's upcoming single "Can't Make You Come Back" out 16th December.
STA bands never stop, even at Christmas. Bands on tour this month include Sullivan & Gold, Little Bear, Our Krypton Son & Axis Of.
S&G's launch show was held in the quaintest little thatched cottage in Derry's craft village on 23rd November. Relive the moments with these beautiful photos courtesy of PIGMINTFILM.
"Beat Generation... Ha!" is the second single from JPL's fourth studio album 'Don't Try'.
"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."
"...quite an impressive effort from the Derry lads."
"Releasing an album after six years of silence is a calculated risk, but Jetplane Landing did their sums a long time ago and decided that money doesn’t matter."
"The most clear winner we’ve had this year."
"The energy in the crowd is matched on stage, with guitarists Andrew Ferris and Cahir O’Doherty pulling their best rock shapes to go with their trademark melodic wall of noise."
This extra special video session "Don't Stand In Line" was filmed and directed by PIGMINTFILM in Gerald Maguire's workshop; a local artist from Castlerock.
Shot and directed by PIGMINTFILM in Ruth's Bakery in Castlerock.
STA bands are working hard on the road once again this month; including Axis Of, More Than Conquerors, Sullivan & Gold and Our Krypton Son.
Tune in to John Kennedy's X-Posure show tonight (Thursday) between 10pm - 1am for a session from the band and a live chat!
For one day only, IndependentMusic are offering 30% off all Smalltown America products [LP/CD/Digital].
Multiple acts from our past and present roster are considered for Northern Irish album of the year award. Read more in the Daily Mirror.