Month: February 2018
The 4 Of Us
Single: “Birds Eye View” Out March 30th 2018
From the critically acclaimed album “Sugar Island”
The 4 Of Us have been a steadfast part of Irish music history for over a quarter of a century. Formed and fronted by Newry-born brothers Brendan and Declan Murphy, they have developed a unique musical identity, which has produced original and award- winning recordings, as well as a large and loyal fan base. To date, they have notched up an enviable catalogue of timeless songs, including six top 20 Irish charting albums. Their music has also been featured extensively on American, UK, and Irish TV soundtracks.
The 4 Of Us shot to early fame towards the end of 1989 with their debut Songs for the Tempted, which featured the massive hits Mary and Drag My Bad Name Down. The follow up Man Alive made Q magazine’s prestigious Top 50 Albums of 1992 and included the UK Top 30 song She Hits Me.
‘Sugar Island’, is their most recent album which was released to critical acclaim in November 2016. Lyrically, the album explores the brothers’ early years growing up in Northern Ireland; musically, it focuses on the trademark interplay of their acoustic guitars. As singer Brendan recalls: ’It was a dark time for sure, but as kids we still managed to have a lot of fun. Everyone who lived through that time has their own stories to tell; we thought we’d share some of ours.’
Sugar Island features 12 songs. It is arguably their most biographical album, including tracks reflecting on the brothers’ childhood, growing up in a border town during the height of the troubles in Northern Ireland. The latest single ‘Birds Eye View’ is out March 30th 2018 and is celebrated with a full Nationwide tour starting in late Feb. Tour dates below.
For more info + social media links go to: http://the4ofus.com/
Fri 9 March DUNAMAISE ARTS CENTRE, Portlaoise
Single “Simple Terms” OUT March 2nd 2018
Simon James is an Irish musician, actor and dancer. He was introduced to the world of acting at the young age of six when he played ‘Cathal’ Veronica Guerin’s son in the film of the same name. His introduction to the acting world was undoubtedly thrilling as he acted alongside Oscar winners Cate Blanchett and Brenda Fricker. Colin Farrell also starred in the film. The film which was released in 2002 received rave reviews. 2002 proved a successful year as he also landed a part in Ireland’s now famous soap ‘Fair City’, where he played the character Oisín Brennan for five years. Simon also landed the part of Christian Kelly in a short film written by Irish writer Roddy Doyle. The film highlights the vulgarness of bullying and racism in contemporary Ireland. The film went on to be a critical success and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Short Film in 2009. In June 2010, Simon worked on another short film called ‘Penticost’ which went on to win Best Short Film at the Cork Film Festival in October 2010 and was also nominated for an Oscar.
From a tender age, it was apparent that Simon had a huge interest in music and at five years of age he enrolled in the Billie Barry Stage School. Learned not only tap dancing, jazz dancing but singing also. Through joining the Billy Barry School, Simon participated in a variety of stage performances which have included 3 gaiety pantomimes and the schools own productions of ‘Rhythm in our shoes’ (2005) and ‘Moving Right Along’ (2008). He has also taken part in performances of the ‘Hallelujah Concerts’ in the RDS and Concert Hall during 2009/2010. At age eleven he decided to join a Hip Hop and Break dancing school ‘Fit Kids Fit Teens’. In 2008, he went on to join a Hip Hop crew called the ‘Hood Rats’ and represented Ireland in the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas.
While he had been involved in dancing and acting, a musical career was also beckoning. Simon began practicing music at aged eight when he started not only keyboard lessons but the piano also. After years of watching his Dad sing and play guitar, he thought it was about time he also taught himself how to play. Soon he began to pick up more instruments, learning to play them by ear which now include guitar,piano,drums,ukulele,the cajon and the bodhran.
In 2010, Simon entered a competition called the ‘Coca Cola School Stars’ in the TLT in Drogheda with nothing to lose, but little did he know that this very competition would be the beginning of his musical career. After going through a series of auditions and stages in the competition, he eventually made it to the grand finale. Here, he performed his first original song. As a result of taking part in this competition, many doors and opportunities were opened for Simon, and so he has gone on to support such acts as Rocstrong, District 3(X Factor finalists 2012),The High Kings, Keywest , Stewart Agnew, Sinead McNally and Ryan Sheridan. He also supported Jedward in an outdoor concert in Dundalk to a crowd of nearly 4,000 people. His debut EP ‘Back To When’ was released in May 2017 which was produced by Philip Magee. Philip has worked with a number of established acts but most notably Kodaline, The Blizzards and The Script. The EP is available to stream and download on all platforms. His new single “Simple Terms” is out March 2nd 2018 and showcases Simon’s versatility and talent as a songwriter and performer.
You can view a short documentary on Simon’s story up until now titled “The harder you work the luckier you get” This is Just the Beginning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieRQ5dD15UE
IAMX to release Intense New Electronic Rock Album,
‘Alive in New Light’ out on February 02, 2018
‘Stardust’ Single out Feb 23rd
Cinematic LP Features Kat Von D, Plus Erotic Merchandising and How to Get Away with Murder soundtrack syncing
Emerging from an intense depression that fuelled his last two albums, Chris Corner AKA IAMX releases his newest LP Alive In New Light (AINL) on February 02, 2018. A cinematic celebration of breaking free from demons that have long plagued him, AINL captures the giddy phase of metamorphosis, when you are no longer what you were but not yet fully what you are becoming. The album is both a ‘thank you’ to fans and an invitation to the next phase in IAMX’s intoxicating journey of self-discovery. Appearing on four tracks and along for the experience is postmodern tattoo and makeup powerhouse, kindred spirit, and superfan, Kat Von D. The AINL celebration also features a line of erotic merchandise inspired by the album artwork designed by Ryan Clark for Invisible Creature. Among its searing track list, AINL features “Mile Deep Hollow,” which was previewed on How To Get Away With Murder, the fifteenth IAMX track to be synced on ABC TV’s blockbuster.
Recorded, performed, and mixed by Corner in the California desert, in a trailer facing a mountain, “far from the Joshua Tree hippies,” AINL features nine walloping songs that put a majestic spin on alternative electronica thanks to Corner’s powerful vocals and larger than life production. “The desert is white noise,” Chris explains. “You can lose yourself in the details of producing, mixing; it’s just silence.” “Stardust” opens the album with a galloping groove reminiscent of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus”. The title track follows with an almost operatic meditation on rising from the ashes. The staccato rhythm on “Break the Chain” heightens the urgency in Corner’s soaring, plaintive lyrics and vocals. “Body Politics” works a sleazy electro funk groove with a Nine Inch Nails-like fervour. “It’s about trying to consume the club, losing yourself in rhythm and pagan, primordial elements, release without a deep message,” Chris explains. “Exit” echoes Bjork’s cubist balladry with a pulsating beat. “Stalker” transports the listener to an exotic, seductive, and mysterious parallel plane where love and obsession blur. “Big Man” contemplates our current dismal politics with a creepy circus-like soundscape that would be at home in a Tim Burton movie. “Mile Deep Hollow,” despite its dark and ominous tones, is an expression of gratitude. “The Power and the Glory,” a reference to the Lord’s Prayer, closes the album, burying the past and seeding hope for the future.
Reflecting on working with Chris, Kat says, “We could easily swap closets and makeup drawers and no one would be able to tell the difference. We both create, not because we want to, but because we HAVE to.” Chris agrees, referring to the creative process as both torturous and liberating. “This album is about connecting, and it’s a pain in the ass to do it through an album. Each time I do this, I feel exhausted but it’s an impulse I can’t stop. If you write your pain out, there’s a venting. Happiness is a skill. I’m happiest activating skills that keep you balanced.”
Transformation at its core is chaos, but it can also be cathartic, theatrical, and transcendent. On Alive in New Light (AINL), IAMX explores the complexities of mutation through sound, visual art, makeup, and intimate merchandise with the unflinching ferocity fans have come to expect and newcomers are certain to be seduced by. Both can experience IAMX in his theatrical glory when he embarks on his European tour in February and March, and US & Canadian dates for April and May which will be announced soon.
- Alive In New Light
- Break The Chain
- Body Politics
- Big Man
- Mile Deep Hollow
- The Power And The Glory