That New Band Smell - Bantum
This week’s That New Band Smell features some ridiculously talented new acts - the kind of bands that make you want to get up off your behind and start a record label just so you can share them with the world. I’m Niamh NewNoise and here are some of songs that’ve been on repeat in my stereo this month, I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do.
September Girls - Green Eyed
First up are the September Girls who describe themselves as sounds from a transistor radio abandoned in an old cinema. They’re unique in the fact that they’re an all female band with an awesome drummer on board called Sarah Grimes. Two of the members, Paula and Caoimhe, used to be in the Chalets and then Talulah Does the Hula, so they’ve been making music together for a few years. They recently released 'Green Eyed' (below) on 7” via Soft Power Records who are based in Glasgow and they’ve just joined DIY label Matinee Recordings in the States. Their stuff kind of reminds me of the Breeders and they’re currently working on their debut album and that will be available sometime next year.
Cave Ghosts - Hideaway
Cave Ghosts are a female fronted pop tastic four piece, with a retro 50’s feel that is quite popular on the Dublin circuit these days. They’re fronted by Jen Connell, ex-Hooray for Humans, who were signed to Smalltown Records back when they were active. Jen is on vocals, ukulele and keys and they also feature members of Yeh Deadlies and Grand Pocket Orchestra. Both bands are signed to Dublin based pop label Popical Island. They played their first show back in October at the Hard Rock Café and are incredible live, their singer Jen has just a fantastic voice and their melodies are pretty captivating. If you’re a fan of Beach House or Best Coast, this is the band for you. They’re a talented bunch, they recorded the demo themselves and Jen who fronts the band also took care of all the artwork. So super self-sufficient.
Bantum - Roll Pt. II
Last but certainly not least is Bantum, an electronic artist hailing from Cork originally. This is someone who’s been working away at his sound for years and it’s in recent months that he’s really made a name for himself, getting the attention of bloggers like Nialler9. He just released his debut album Legion via Eleven Eleven a label that also features the likes of Croupier and Belfast’s EatenByBears. He recorded, mixed and mastered the whole album himself, while holding down a full time job at the same time. It’s been getting rave reviews in the Irish Times and was also album of the week on The Alternative on 2FM. The album features collaborations with the likes of Benni from Logikparty, a Dublin band that have quite a name for themselves in Belfast I believe. My favorite tune on the album is a track called Roll Pt II (below) and it features Eimear O Donovan ex KVX and singer songwriter Owensie on vocals. You can find out more about Bantum at eleveneleven.ie