That New Band Smell - Littleboy
Some say variety is the spice of life – others (namely myself, Brian Coney) reckon it’s heading straight to the pub straight after knocking around the gym for twenty minutes. No matter! When it comes to music – the more local, the better – variety is what it's all about. Cue this week’s choice of three acts guaranteed to get you feeling all “eclectic” and shizz.
Steering Fail - Dress Rehearsal
Belfast-based three-piece Steering Fail have been on the local scene for a while now nit only recently have they managed to capture what they’re all about over the course of a full-length EP, set for release on May 18h. Placed extremely well nicely between alt-prog, schizophrenic thrash punk and straight up hardcore, ‘Dress Rehearsal’ from the EP sessions epitomises the kind of battle-cry sound that they’ve worked had to perfect over the last few months.
We Were Giants - She Said
Influenced by the likes of Foo Fighters and Biffy Clyro, Dublin three-piece We Were Giants play an optimistic brand of infectious of indie-pop that's reminiscent of different artists, not least General Fiasco across several verses. Their brand-new, self-produced five-track EP, Part One, is a consistent and promising debut effort; ‘She Said’ being the catchiest effort overall, its multipart vocals and killer chord progression combining to suggest brilliant things to come for WWG.
Littleboy - Curses
Littleboy is Dungannon-born, Belfast-based singer-songwriter Neal Hughes. Having previously sang in the bands Driving By Night and Tyler, Hughes is currently recording his debut album title A Band Called Horse. Taken from this album, Curses is a beautifully woven, delicately melancholic four-chord statement from the musician. With an intro that sounds equal parts reminiscent of Beck’s ‘Lost Cause’ and Thin Lizzy’s ‘Cowboy Song’ (hey, it works), the track eventually unravels to reveal impassioned vocals and some nice violin work. Produced by Barret Lahy at Start Together, the huge promising A Man Called Horse will release be in Autumn.