Dan Moxham – Transcendental Astronaut – Video

Dan Moxham is a metaphysical-experimental visual and aural artist from Northern Ireland.

Dan Moxham - Transcendental Astronaut

Dan Moxham

Those of longer stay will recognise Dan from both Colt 66 and The Husky Tusks.

In Transcendental Astronaut, a forlorn composition, with a vocalised scene setting introduction prior to the electronic elements taking over – and as the almost twelve and a half minutes of the track evolves so the narrative contemplation of an astronaut lost and dying in space drifts in and out of focus as they consider their own soon to be lifeless body endlessly spinning through galaxies as though a grotesque memorial to its own frailty.

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Alice Signal Fires – Hot Air Balloons – Audio

Alice Signal Fires is an alt-rock outfit split between Northern Ireland, Wales and England.

Alice Signal Fires

Alice Signal Fires

Currently working towards the release of an LP, as yet unnamed, for 2017 to follow-up the album Ghost from last year.

The first track to surface from the forthcoming release is Hot Air Balloons in which those who already know Alice Signal Fires will find grounds of similarity, with acoustic guitar featuring prominently in the piece. The major difference being that the music has a more resolute presence moving from the ground of alternative folk to a more scathing and compressed rock iteration.

It will be interesting to discover if this is a one-off diversion or a new direction of travel.

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Hello Casanova – I’ll Be Waiting – Single Review

The indie-rock trio Hello Casanova from Northern Ireland release the single I’ll Be Waiting on the 25th of November.

Hello Casanova

Hello Casanova

In advance of the official release I’ll Be Waiting has been made available within the past half a day.

Formerly known as Foreign Affairs – in their new iteration the trio of Matt Irwin (Rhythm Guitar / Vocals), Ethan Williamson (Lead Guitar / Vocals), and Martin Miller (Drums / Bass Guitar) have lifted the political contemplation with a lighter mood that when combined with the celtic-rock flavourings gives I’ll Be Waiting a catchy punchiness in which the listener can happily loose themselves from the weight of the day.

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Dirty Words – There’s A Lot Of It About – Video

Dirty Words is an alt-rock band from Northern Ireland I seem to come back to once a year.

Dirty Words - There's A Lot Of It About

Dirty Words – There’s A Lot Of It About

Returning to Dirty Words is always a delight and the song for this year was, as always, keenly anticipated. Of equal, no even greater, pleasure word arrives that an EP is in the offing and this track will be on the forthcoming release. Who knows I may even be able to feature Dirty Words at least twice in 2016.

There’s A Lot Of It About doesn’t disappoint as the ska based number moonstomps around the room to the always superlative, poetic, wry lyric.

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Colt 66 – Spectres Relaxing – Audio

The Northern Irish / English rockabilly duo Colt 66 released the AA side two track single Stranger Today / Spectres Relaxing on the 6th.

Colt 66 - Spectres Relaxing

Colt 66

The familiar grumbling scowl of consternation peers from the speakers in Spectres Relaxing before launching itself into the room in a flurry of hurtled brothel creepers which has the listener immediately two stepping in unity. The gravelled vocal scours the ears whilst the fuzzy guitar caresses the lobes as the pulsing percussion shoots darts to the floor ensuring feet are lifted in quick-time and in the same glare as arrived so the just under three and a quarter minute track balefully crumples back out of the room leaving the listener braying for more.

One can only hope it isn’t another gap of approaching year and half before Colt 66 find the time to create a follow up to Stranger Today / Spectres Relaxing (available on bandcamp) and we can both find a reason to one again lace up the red suede shoes.

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