In Alley Cat. Taking this painting home with me. #alleycat #belfast #art
I thought this sayed Stay Tough. Wish it did. Obvs still majorly cool! #skills #graffiti #belfast #ghostbusters
Some pretty fresh Belfast graffiti! It’s not even dry mate. #streetart #graffiti #belfast #bananaman
The great Lavery’s Blackout of 2012. #laverys #nisnow #belfast #blackout
Belfast City on Blackout! #nisnow #belfast #laverys #snow #blackout
#snow #nisnow #handytips #lifetips #lifehacks #belfast
We’ll be uploading a bunch of photos from tonights game to our Facebook asap! #belfastgiants #belfast #letsgogiants #giants #panthers #nottingham #nottinghampanthers #icehockey #odyssey #odysseybelfast #odysseyarena
We went to watch the Belfast Giants last night! It was amazing! Got beat, but it was a great night! GO GIANTS! #belfastgiants #belfast
Belfast cops have some balls on them. #flegs #fleg #idiots #belfast #supportpsni
Animal Disco is Back!! That’s right folks, The epic midnight indie club that brought you bands such as ASIWYFA, General Fiasco, Not Squares, Duke Special, Cashier No.9, Ram’s Pocket Radio, Ham Sandwich, A Plastic Rose, Wonder Villains, Lafaro and loads more, are at it again! This time, Animal Disco will mix things up a tad, bringing the great party people of Belfast a one off party in Voodoo on October 20th with live performances from Ed Zealous / Go Wolf and DJ sets by Eatenbybears / Animal Disco dj’s. Expect Light shows, lazers, visuals and a Tropical Indie Electro Dance Party!! We are very excited!
Animal Disco presents
Saturday October 20th 2012
10pm / £5
Tickets available at www.ticketleap.com
Four-piece Ed Zealous decided Belfast was the perfect breeding ground for their very own brand of disorder and have been locked away creating, to quote Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol, “a slice of awesome electro that would fizz in your mouth if you took a bite”. With their blend of big kick drums, synthesiser chaos and erratic vocals they’re looking to set the live circuit alight when they set out in full force in October. They’ve just finished recording their debut album with producer Eliot James who’s credits include fellow Irishmen Two Door Cinema Club, plus Bloc Party and Mark Ronson. Having just finished playing a few gigs off the beaten track, Ed Zealous, who are currently working on finalizing release dates for both their album and its singles, are ready to take Belfast by the horns!
Watch the video for ‘Diamonds For Eyes’ and download a free copy of the track via their Bandcamp page http://edzealous.bandcamp.com/
Ed Zealous play Animal Disco with support from Go Wolf in Voodoo on
Saturday October 20th, tickets are £5 and available at www.ticketleap.com
Check out the music video to The Jar Family’s upcoming single, Broken Minded.
The Jar Family release Broken Minded on August 6th.
Vigo Thieves are gearing up to release a brand new single, Forever.
To tease their fans, and generally drum up excitement, they’ve released this trailer for the single, starring Jody Latham of Shameless and Eastenders fame. The full video is due for release on 28th August with the official single release slated for 10th September.
You can download their previous single, Heartbeats HERE, and you can also catch them on tour at the dates below:
- 24/08 Ironwork, Inverness
- 12/09 Death2Disco, Notting Hill Arts Club
- 16/09 EH1 Live Festival, Edinburgh
- 22/09 Classic Grand, Glasgow
- 23/09 Ashton Crawl, Glasgow
Death Rattle are Helen and Chris Hamilton - an enigmatic, dark electro duo based in London. Their debut EP HE&I (âHe & Iâ) is due for release via Frontal Noize on October 15th 2012.
Much of the EP was written shortly after their previous alt grunge band - That Mouth - abruptly disbanded. In need of a completely fresh start, the pair followed a new direction musically, going away for a month to write and record something that reï¬eced their darkening and more melancholic tastes with the band citing influence from Depeche Mode’s Violater, Fever Ray and NIN. The resulting sound of Death Rattle’s debut is one that stands up strongly on its own.
From start to finish, HE&I sends shivers down your spine. Like a sensual futuristic android, Helen’s dark and droning vocal harmonies create a robotic feel to âThe Digâ with Chris’s beats akin to a mechanical heart thumping underneath - this is Death Rattleâs war cry and signature style. Increasing the tempo, âDo As You Pleaseâ follows perfectly with the bandâs bold, tribal-esque beats playing a big part once more behind Helen’s dark and evocative lyrics. Although the duo keep their signature beats and mesmerising vocals consistent, they present many more layers to unravel as the last three tracks unfold. âFixerâ is the dark, mutated lovechild of Sleigh Bells and Friendly Fires - beguiling and rebellious with an enticingly memorable chorus. âMouse Chorusâ slows the pace to a gentle hypnotic canter and their fifth and final track âSorry For Your Lossâ, seems the perfect end to such a mesmerising journey.
Helen and Chris are a mysterious duo, amalgamating their identities completely within their music and image - they are one unit with their imagery, videos and music working together symbiotically. It was this unique and bold outlook that caught the eyes and ears of European label Frontal Noize and after just two months of writing music together, Death Rattle were offered a deal. Since the signing, the band have been working hard on the live circuit playing Brainchild Festival (Reading), Swanfest (Ipswich), Via Ventosa Festival (Holland) as well as a gig held in an old prison in Leeuwarden, Holland.
Death Rattleâs first release HE&I, is a fascinating and daring debut and an exciting glimpse of whatâs in store as the pair prepare for a UK and European tour later this year and a debut album release in 2013.
Italian three-piece Pipers will release the exquisite track Ask Me For A Cigarette on 18th October 2012. The single encapsulates the bands new found folk sound - chiming piano, expertly picked acoustic guitars and heartfelt lyrics all knitted together by gorgeous strings, harmonies and skillful drumming.
The free track “Edge of Nowhere”, recorded in Naples and mixed and mastered at Magic Garden Recording Studios by Gavin Monaghan (Editors, Ocean Colour Scene, Scott Matthews), will be the precursor to Pipers single release in October and is a fine example of the quality that can be expected from the release of their second album next year.
Formed in 2007, Pipers have undergone a number of changes over the last few years. The band, comprised of Stefano de Stefano (vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica), Stefano ‘Stoo’ Bruno (bass, mandolin, backing vocals) and Marco Magnacca (drums, backing vocals), developed their sound from electric tinged indie pop to a more mature, layered alt-folk pop sound that has seen them capture the hearts and minds of a number of Britain’s most celebrated musicians and bands.
Despite having not even released their debut album, Pipers were personally chosen by Tim Burgess to support The Charlatans in Italy in 2008, and a support slot with Ian Brown swiftly followed. That summer, Pipers were invited to play at a number of UK festivals including Liverpool Sound City, Matthew Street Festival and Creamfields, as their star continued to rise. 2009 saw another support slot offered and gleefully accepted, this time with Starsailor, before the boys signed with indie label Materia Principale. In early 2010 Pipers debut album, No One But Us, was released to critical acclaim in Europe.
Having spent most of 2011 touring and rehearsing their new material, Pipers have returned with a refreshed sound more akin to the likes of Elliot Smith and Turin Brakes. The band also scored their first big support slot in the UK when they supported Turin Brakes in Northampton in June 2012.
Ask Me For A Cigarette will be available to download on 18th October 2012. To get a little taster of what Pipers are all about, download the free track “Edge of Nowhere” HERE.
Scotland’s The Maginot Band are due to release their debut EP, Peace and Quiet, via When You Awake Records on 10th September 2012.
Peace and Quiet EP straddles the line between retro-tinged wistfulness and a more modern indie sound akin to bands like The Maccabees and the Mystery Jets. The chiming guitars, rolling beats and upbeat keys of “Slow Down Sundial” is reminiscent of sixties greats The Band. However, with “Trees” and “Waking Up To Rain (Part 1)” the boys change tact with a slower, more thoughtful ballad as vocalist Jordan Shearer singing on the latter,”Abide by the rules that were set before us, like nobody moves and no one gets hurt, and nobody changes we’ll all stay the same”. “Waking Up To Rain (Part 2)” finishes the EP with a flourish as a cacophony of drums, vocals and piercing organ envelope the listener one last time, raising the tempo and the cheer.
“Slow Down Sundial” is available to stream and download HERE.
Having initially forming as Maydays, The Maginot Band, who hail from Caithness, have been writing music together on and off for the past decade. After numerous changes to their line-up, they finally settled as a six piece in late 2010. Consisting of Jordan Shearer (vocals), Calvin Wilson (bass, vocals), Kevin Swanson (guitar, Vocals), Jamie Swanson (guitar), Liam Whittles (organ, piano) and Darren Coghill (drums), as Maydays they gained some success supporting Field Music and Tango In The Attic as well as support from BBC Radio 1. However, as their musical direction started to mature, they decided a change of name was needed and The Maginot Band was born.
It’s been a busy introduction for The Maginot Band, who debuted their new material at the GoNorth Festival and an appearance at Belladrum Festival.
Peace and Quiet is due for release via When You Awake Records on September 10th.