Who, what, whenyoung?

whenyoung are an Irish band I’ve recently discovered on Spotify. Yes yes I know, Spotify. It works, who knew? Anyway, they’ve only four tracks up there for us to hear but for the most part, this indie/punk trio are pretty good. They also have a cover of ‘Fairytale Of New York’ up there that features Gabriel Bruce, the Leonard Cohen sound-a-like. That’s actually harsh on Bruce, his two records ‘Love In Arms’ and ‘Come All Sufferers‘ are actually good enough! whenyoung come from Limerick and ship themselves between there, Dublin and London to record and perform. Two tracks, ‘Pretty Pure’ and ‘Actor’ are really catchy and for a group just starting out, they seem to have their sound nailed down. Go give them a listen and if you don’t like them then stop taking advice from strangers.

Oh, and for any London fans reading this, they play at the Windmill this coming Saturday for their It’s Always Sunny On Paddy’s Night event. Check out whenyoung on Facebook here. ‘Pretty Pure’ is below.


Superorangism are something of a super modern, multinational, internet loving indie-pop wonder. Their 8 members range in age from 17 to 32 and come from England, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. Orono Noguchi, the groups lead singer, originally interacted with the rest of the group over Skype and added vocals to songs that were sent on via email. The songs were pieced together from all over the world before the group finally came together to live in London. Not your typical band background story but Superorganism are no ordinary group.

Their debut record, ‘Superorganism‘ is no different. It’s weird, fun and it also fully represents the possibilities of genre jumping in 2018. It reminds me of MGMT and their record, ‘Oracular Spectacular’, which people were a little taken aback by at the time. The singles released from the record over the last year tested the waters in terms of reception and it was largely positive. The danger with the first single, ‘Something for Your M.I.N.D’, was that its sound could have diminished over the course of a year and become annoying. However, when heard in the confines of a ten track multi-genre record, it fits in as handy as a pocket in a shirt. Surrounding the leading single are nine catchy, radio friendly, strange pop tracks. Beginning with ‘It’s All Good’ which features an intro from Tony Robbins, and finishing with ‘Night Time’, there’s nothing predictable about this record. There’s such a variety that there’s simply no way that you wouldn’t find one track that meets your taste. ‘It’s All Good’ comes at you with deep bass and a decent guitar riff. It’s a good introduction to what the record is. From there to ‘Reflection on the Screen’, Superorganism include a range of sound effects such as cash registers and lasers before finally landing on a much more structured tune. The catchy ‘SPRORGNSM’ follows with the use of hip-hop beats and an arena happy chorus. Another track that stands out in the midst of internet/meme themed madness is ‘Nai’s March’. You kinda just have to listen to it because it’s hard to explain. There’s some sort of distorted baby language playing over the sound of a heartbeat and that’s about as well as I can describe it. The final track, ‘Night Time’ is possible the most pacy on the record. Traffic sounds, whispers and a late night tale see’s us out in a more ‘caring’ way than you might expect.

The eclectic sound and choice of topics on the record are what drive it. I’m not sure I’ve heard a record like this before. One minute you’re floating through space and the next your in someones phone. It’s actually really refreshing! So, if you’re in the market for something completely different give ‘Superorganism’ a go.



The Gloaming-National Concert Hall 6.3.18

This was a gig I couldn’t wait to see. I got the tickets the day they came out and I was lucky to be one of the first because it sold out in under 2 hours. The wait was long but it was so worth it. I’ve a few shows lined up this year but this one in particular stood out. A super-group who are redefining trad and that come together for only a few shows each year. What better way to spend a Tuesday evening eh?


The National Concert Hall. What a venue it is with its grand decor and incredible atmosphere. This was my second gig here as I had seen Warpaint back in 2016 and what was really special about that night was the sound. Everything was perfect and last Tuesday it was no different. No better music to fill the hall than that of The Gloaming then who filled used every inch of it to their benefit.

Main Act

A hell of a show that lasted two hours. The unique thing about this show was that The Gloaming played as if it were just a typical set, going off in tangents and letting the music take them where ever it wanted. So, they would start with a tune such as ‘The Sailor’s Bonnet’ and once the song had ended, one of them would just feel a rhythm and the rest would join in. ‘Allistrum’s March’, ‘The Necklace of Wrens’, ‘Samhradh Samhradh, ‘The Pilgrims Song’, you name it, they played it. Each tune was even better than that on the record, full of passion and energy.

The voice of Iarla O Lionaird is everything you’d imagine it would be. It’s incredibly emotive, engaging and enthralling and every note that he sang was eaten up by the ears of everyone in the audience.


Incredible. Pitch Perfect. Better than the movie.


It’s a shame they only play a few shows each year but they next time they come back I’ll be first in line for a ticket. Incredible performers who are truly passionate about their trade.



So I’ve been listening to IDLES and ‘Brutalism’ for quite a while now and I’ve been dying to bring you a review because these guys are by far the most exciting band in Britain right now. This LP expands on the work and persona they had built for themselves with 2015’s EP ‘Meat‘. With ‘Brutalism‘, we find them at their craziest, boldest and most brilliant so far. In what way you ask…..

IDLES have made a record that’s both purposeful and personal. Joe Talbot has written songs about our perceptions of a successful life “why don’t you get a job….why don’t you get a degree” are two of the points he makes on ‘Well Done’, as if to say that these are the things that we’re judged on. He gets much more personal with ‘Mother’ an incredible track dedicated to his late mother who was the inspiration for a lot of the record. The song divides the meaning of the word motherfucker, detailing how his mother was fucked over by the Torys despite how hard she worked. He goes on to tell us how to fight back before turning our attention to sexual assault and how it’s misinterpreted:

“Sexual violence doesn’t start and end with rape
It starts in our books and behind our school gates
Men are scared women will laugh in their face
Whereas women are scared it’s their lives men will take”.

The honest and simplistic way the lyrics were written sometimes comes across as whimsical, such as in ‘1049 Gothco’ where we hear:

“My friend is so depressed
She wanted to have sex
I pissed in the kitchen sink
As she slowly undressed”.

Pissed in the kitchen sink? Fair enough. He also takes a few shots at pop culture with the brilliant ‘Stendhal Syndrome’, where he uses the work of artists and photographers such as Rothko and Francs Bacon to discuss how he’s not all that impressed by something his 4-year old son could do. ‘Exeter’ is a favourite of mine because of its ending. IDLES build and build on a ‘bar fight’ idea, slowly raising the volume until you yourself are prepared to go to war. Also, the closing track, ‘Slow Savage’, is everything you could want a closing track to be. The complete opposite of the rest of the record sound wise, the lyrics detail how he’s the worst lover this girl could ever have, from forgetting her birthday to being ah, lets just say a little too quick.

The next step for me, and you once you’ve heard this record, is to convince IDLES to play over here. They’re in a rich vein of for right now and I’d love to catch them while this record is still being toured. Get this record into you asap, even if punk isn’t your thing. There’s meaning to the madness, I promise.

Photo Credit: TheLineofBestFit

Lyrics Credit: Genius

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – The Olympia Theatre 23.02.18

It was a few months ago that a friend recommended King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard to me. I’d never heard of them and going by the name I figured they would be pretty out there. They are. However, it’s fantastic to hear their blend of hard/progressive/psychedelic rock in 2018 and they do it so well. Whether it’s with 8 minute wonders or the use of distortion and infusions of jazz and folk, these guys know how to get it done. So, when I heard they would be playing here I said I’d get myself a ticket, despite only hearing two of their records at the time. That gig was in the Olympia Theatre in Dublin last Friday, and here’s how it went…


The Olympia Theatre is my favourite venue in Dublin. From its wonderful decor to the closeness you feel to the act, it’s got it all . Oh man if those walls could talk. I was seated in the circle which at first I was worried wouldn’t be ideal but in fact it was actually perfect. I wanted to catch some videos and luckily they came out as best as possible, devoid of any fuzz.


Mild High Club support King Gizzard and although I haven’t heard much of their stuff, I really enjoyed them. Really chilled, their an ensemble put together by Alex Brettin who and they’ve featured on the  record ‘Sketches of Brunswick East’ with King Gizzard. It’s not as far out as the King Gizzard sound but they were the perfect act to get everyone in the mood.

Main Act

Fantastic show. Two drummers, two lead guitarists and largely shared vocals, they really know how to get the most from their diverse talents. They played all the favourites, ‘Rattlesnake’, ‘Nuclear Fusion’, ‘Crumbling Castle’ and ‘Robot Stop’ to name just a few. I didn’t keep track of how many tracks they played but the set was pretty much non stop. Lead singer Stu Mackenzie wouldn’t have been the most vocal and interactive lead singer I’ve ever seen but who cares, they were there to play music. They didn’t miss a beat and with songs such as ‘Nuclear Fusion’, a personal favourite, they had it down to a tee. ‘Rattlesnake’ in particular got the crowd going wild and you could see the band respond. Sadly, there was no encore as a few members had taken a short break about 2/3’s of the way through. Nevertheless, a brilliant show. I should have more to say on it and the songs but I was too bust enjoying myself. Sorry not sorry.


It’s the Olympia. What else would you expect but crystal clear sound? Mild High Club opted not to have any visuals but King Gizzard did have some funky projections, such as barren lands, various shapes and honestly, a collection of random images and colours that I don’t think anyone was supposed to understand. Worked just fine for me though!


Savage. Great live act, they get you going and squeeze as much as possible into the set. They gave us a good 1 hr and 45 minute show that consisted of some songs that were just run into each other. Great stuff. Oh, and I got the t-shirt!