That New Band Smell: Psychojet
Hallo, good sir! Brian Coney here, stuck in the 1800s, having the craic. So, Glasgowbury has come and gone for another year and, as expected, with the dust (hangovers) having finally settled, the general consensus is that it was another stellar year at the annual Draperstown music festival on the hill. Alas, we don’t live in the past here at That New Band Smell – far from it, in fact! This week I take you on a brief journey, north and south, to shed light on some of our country’s best new emerging talent.
Mindburner is the moniker of proficient Belfast electronic musician, Alan Watkins. Bearing the indelible influence of the likes of Kraftwerk and - mostly notably - Gary Numan, his music betrays what he calls his "keen interest in music that shows intelligence". If you like the cunningly retro, synth-heavy voyages of the aforementioned, you will love the music of this criminally clandestine solo musician.
Born in England, raised in Sligo and currently based in the fair city of Dublin, acoustic singer-songwriter Myles Manley has just released his eponymous EP. One several highlights on the release, ‘You’re Young Enough To Come Back Home’ is a subtly glorious three-chord musing full of hope, solace and Manley’s deeply evocative lyrics and vocal twang. Without a hint of exaggeration, Manley is currently one of the best young singer-songwriters in the country and it’s only a matter of time until the rest of the world knows it.
Despite what might initially seem like the best point of reference, bearing more of a sonic resemblance to Wisconsin jazz-rock three-piece Pele and sadly-departed Belfast instrumental band Tracer AMC than say, And So I Watch You From Afar or Kasper Rosa, Psychojet are a new, self-described post-rock four-piece influenced by the likes of fellow instrumental bands Explosions In The Sky, 65daysofstatic and Mogwai.
Taking a leaf out these band's books, Psychojet wield a distinctly anthemic, skilfully composed brand of guitar-led instrumentalism, offering up a refreshing alternative to your average Irish rock band sans vocals. Surely destined for bigger and better things, ‘When Today Ends’ is taken from the recently-formed Lurgan/Belfast-band’s debut EP demos.