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ATL | 11:49 UK time, Wednesday, 22 February 2012

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Aficionado of everything from sludge doom, indie-pop and seventies Aerosmith, local music journo Brian Coney hokes out the best off-the-radar and unsigned Irish music. Nothing is out of bounds but this week sees the best of Dublin twee-pop, West Coast lo-fi fuzz and Belfast-based prog grunge.

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Jerome's Law  
Dublin-based indie-pop bands are as common as muck these days but only a handful of them come close to Jerome's Law. With their weaving harmonic twists and brilliantly burrowing choruses, these five musicians’ debut LP,Not Today, is an exemplary snapshot of a band at the full height of their creative powers. Like Bombay Bicycle Club and early Of Montreal? Check it out.

Music For Dead Birds
Music For Dead Birds are Jimmy Monaghan and Donal Walsh, an anti folk two-piece based in Galway. With a plethora of fuzzy, angular riffs and unpredictable rhythm shifts at their disposal, the lo-fi aesthetic throughout their debut album, The Pope's Sister, is at once hugely original and amazingly accessible. Most definitely one for fans of slacker lo-fi bands such as Sebadoh, Polvo and Soul Coughing.

Deerstalker  
Fronted by Olly Dickson – probably best described as a significantly younger yet no less assured version of Josh Homme – Deerstalker are a brand new Belfast-based “power trio” playing a unique brand of prog-grunge. As instant as it is ridiculously well honed, their music reveals a three-piece soon to be rewarded for their fearless, forward-thinking approach to songwriting. As ‘Unsung Hero’ is the first properly recorded material from the band, expect great things from these guys when they release more recorded material in the very near future, especially if you like your riffs bold and your choruses crushing. Deerstalker play the City of Belfast School of Music talent show, in Fortwilliam this Friday, 24th February. They are also headlining a gig with Nouns and Stevie Mac on Tuesday, 28th February in Auntie Annie's. Doors are 9pm.

 

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