The Inside Track

Destined to be one of the singles of the summer is the wonderful new offering from Belfast’s Leya [pictured], ‘All On The Black’, which is released on Rubyworks on July 1. The single follows the success of the download-only ‘The Dream The Money Bought’. In support of the release, the band are hitting the gig circuit in Ireland and the UK. The CD is a taster for the debut album, Watch You Don’t Take Off, which will be released in September. Check What's On for live dates, including an appearance at the ever-popular Ballroom Of Romance in the Lower Deck, Dublin on June 24. They are joined on the night by local favourites Long Lost Brother and The Maladies (watch out for a new long-player, Whole Bunch Of Rivers, from the latter this summer)...

...Another group of northerners doing well for themselves at the moment are Sinocence, who have been offered a two-year distribution deal with CoPro Records. They re-enter the studio to remaster and add a few tracks in preparation for their forthcoming 12-track album – we will keep you posted....

... Watch out for a new LP from Limerick’s Giveamanakick. Tentatively titled We Are The Way Forward, the opus should be hitting the shops sometime in August. In the meantime, Giveamanakick will be taking to the road for a few live dates before embarking on a major nationwide tour in August and a UK tour in September. Stay tuned for more details...

....Moving eastwards, look out for the South East Rocks compilation from Cherish Records. This eclectic collection ranges from acoustic to serious hard rock and features tracks from FireGarden, The Blackshots and Divebomb. Check out www.cherishrecords.tk for more information....

.....One of the south-east’s favourite sons, Roddy Cleere is behind a forthcoming commemorative collection of Thin Lizzy covers by domestic acts. Artists paying tribute to Philo include Mundy, Damien Dempsey, Saucy Monky and Kila. Silver Addictive were one of the most recent acts to get involved, an excited Chris Crystaal, the band’s lead singer and guitarist commenting, “It is a great honour to be asked by the Roisin Dubh Trust to put a modern twist to some of the finest rock songs Ireland has ever produced”.

...News from the Pale now.....Pravda is the place to be in Dublin on a Wednesday night as the bar plays host to the new King Kong Club. Admission is free to this weekly open mic night which showcases the talents of four emerging acts. Audience reaction is gauged on the King Kong Clapometer, with prizes for the most popular performer. Each week also includes a 30-minute set by an established artist.....

.....The Dudley Corporation are back on home soil after a spate of successful dates in the US and the Czech Republic. Diary. Pics can be found at www.thedudleycorporation.com. After being bitten by the touring bug, a second US jaunt is currently being planned for the end of the summer.....

...Another local act with a soft spot for the US are Reemo who won last year’s prestigious Best International Band Award at the New York International Music Festival. Brace yourself for the release of their new double A-sided single ‘Superman/Beautiful You’, which is out in early July.

For live updates tune into The Last Splash, Sunday nights 9-11, with Alison Curtis on Today FM.

(email: lastsplash@todayfm.com)

 

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