Peaks a techno duo from Dublin in Ireland is Rory Caraher and James Hyland.
There is something of an experimental air to Peaks as they play around with textures, tempos and extremes. As to be anticipated tracks can ever be extended and the pair do a fine job in distinguishing the lines of between enough and too much. Though, an extra few minutes to pieces would be perfectly plausible with their material that is best suited in the trance arena.
Each iteration of new material finds Peaks in a new mood, which gives the music an added appeal, as they are not seeking to recompose previous works as many do in this genre and it perhaps this adaptability of style and moment that affords the duo the room to step away from the anticipated. Whilst most of what is reviewed involves at least one string based instrument along the way, it is always a delight to be able to suggest something that lives inside loops and electronics as creative thought and value to the world of music, which Peaks achieve with ease.
A new double A side single – IJWU / Barrels is just a couple of days behind schedule as I write on the 9th, so it may well be live by today – which again changes the shape of Peaks.
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Mikey And The Scallywags is the Celtic rock line up of Mikey McCrory (Guitar / Lead Vocals), Alan Gosker (Tenor Banjo / Backing Vocals), Bri Gosker (Drums / Backing Vocals), Paulie Smalls (Double Bass), Juliana Erkkonen (Fiddle) and Ivan Coleman (Keys) from Galway in Ireland.
Mikey And The Scallywags
There are times when pure fun with music is exactly what the ears need to hear and Mikey And The Scallywags hit the sweet-spot, whilst equally they are able to turn on a more sombre mood. Before you hit play, stand up, raise your foot and – join in with the foot stomping sounds that just makes the day seem better than it was before you started in whichever frame you meet them.
Mikey And The Scallywags proffer music which resonates across the semblance of Irish Folk, ever looking on the bright-side no matter how dark the context and the sextet are equally able to down-tempo the mood, but as long as you find a fiddle amidst it all, there is still something to dance to. Inside the fun sounds lay an outfit with tracks which harken to the darker side of life, which they carry off with a lilting ironic smile maintaining a shuffle in the audience.
Where Mikey And The Scallywags shine brightest is when they up the tempo and let the audience bop to the beats as they flaunt across the scales. Where they have deepest resonance is when they allow the audience to consider the story-lines whilst stomping across the dance-floor with more considered compositions, such is the underlying strength of the material.
Living in the Light – EP – Mikey & the Scallywags is available on iTunes*
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Clockwork Noise an alt-rock band from Dublin in Ireland is Robert Maguire (Vocals / Guitar / Soundscapes / Samples), Blathnaid Healy (Violin / Cello / Vocals), Dylan Nolan (Bass / Synth / Vocals), Chris O’Connor (Guitar / Vocals / Trombone / Synth) and Michael Fenton (Drums / Vocals / Percussion / Organ).
The combinations of instruments and electronics enable Clockwork Noise to experiment with various ideas. Tempting as it may have been, rather than thrown the whole lot into the pot, the quintet deliver softly spoken compositions which take full value of the various sounds on offer.
Whilst there is a little bit of everything in the resulting out-put the band doesn’t make it a confusion for the audience as underlying the central pillar is a rock driven sound which is softened by the landscape of instrumentation that surrounds the music. Of particular delight is when strings and electronics weave through the sounds giving the listener a sense of the traditional and modernistic combining in delightful harmony.
Having taken themselves largely out of the live circuit whilst they recorded their debut nine track LP Whethermachines which came out earlier this year it will be interesting to see if Clockwork Noise aim to restore a touring presence, transferring the studio sounds to the stage.
Whethermachines – Clockwork Noise is available on iTunes*.
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Sweet Jane is Danda (Guitar / Vocals), Ruairi Paxton (Bass), Donagh O’Brien (Drums), Neil Paxton (Keys / Guitars / Vocals) and Conor Paxton (Guitar) a psychedelic rock band from Dublin in Ireland.
You are left with the feeling Sweet Jane is the music that Hawkwind would have put together had they had a tighter reign. There is a potent chameleonic wave of tempos and sounds that drift lazily across the room, billowing progressively, to create music that completely wraps the head in its various textures.
Whilst the music is multi-layered with a range of sounds meeting the ears, it is not confusing, allowing the listener to relate to the out-put and become involved. Sweet Jane is a group of well versed musicians who handle their compositions gently, allowing the widely spaced refrains plenty of time to express themselves before blending in the next phrase, which gives the tracks fluidity and creating the over all effect of music that is emerging from smoke.
It was a few months ago that Dan, from the independent label Reekus Records, also based in Dublin, made contact, but this occasion, the slow progression from email to review suits the music well and I look forward to spending time in the future held by the soft embrace of Sweet Jane.
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