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ATL | 17:07 UK time, Thursday, 15 March 2012


Its that time of the week when we unleash one of our hounds of musical love to bring you the finest hatchlings in Irish rock, pop and Electro-Polka. This time around, our new human-mobile 4G hotspot aka Brian Coney (stand beside him at a gig and get free wi-fi....*) counts down three of the best.

*more lies



Having downgraded from a three-piece to a two-piece in recent days, Versives are an electronic rock band hailing from Cork. With their warm, perfectly Autumnal electronic approach, their 2011 EP, Two Enemies– released on Leeds-based indie label TAKEA!MFIRE - brilliantly encapsulates this outfit’s uncanny knack from beautiful melody and bobbing synth-led soundscapes.  Apparently, never off the road for touring, you could a whole lot worse than checking them out at a venue near you.


We’ve all been guilty of taking our music a little too seriously. I, for one, am no exception. Alas, there comes a point in one’s life when all you want to do is get horribly drunk and listen to straight up, no-frills rock n’ roll.- and , truly, what better soundtrack to such a simple calling than Belfast-based rock n’ rollers, ‘Tric? Led by guitar/vocalist Dale Hunter – a dead ringer for Bon Scott-era AC/DC – this three-piece combine punchy, three-chord blues-rock with scintillating solos and arse-shakingly upfront abandon. God help you if you think their sound is original but, equally, what’s your excuse if this doesn’t make you want to wear leather, swig bourbon and dance until you fall over?

Boy Lights Fire 

Not to be confused with American post-hardcore three-piece Boysetsfire, Boy Lights Fire are a Dublin-based indie-pop three-piece lead by George Mercer. Equally reminiscent of a number of indie/post-shoegaze bands - Two Door Cinema Club and Pinback come to mind – the band have nonetheless forged their own distinctive sound over the three-tracks of their Weatherman EP. With some truly delectable vocal harmonies and perfectly soaring guitar interplay throughout, the title track from the EP is archetypal of this band’s forward-thinking musical vision.



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