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The 50 Irish Acts You Have To Hear
Hot Press picks the homegrown noisemakers who are just too good to let slip under the radar. We’ve left out those who’ve arguably already made it such as Maverick Sabre and Two Door Cinema Club. Instead we’ve focused on the newcomers who may not yet be in the limelight but from whom you’ll be hearing lots in 2012!
Celina Murphy, 12 Jan 2012
Listen: to all three tracks at www.girlbanddublin.bandcamp.com, which are ready for downloading.
See: them in The Twisted Pepper January (14), The Grand Social (18) and Crawdaddy (27), Dublin.
THE ORIGINAL RUDEBOYS
It’s unclear whether or not hip hop/pop crossover trio The Original Rudeboys swiped their name from Rihanna’s wildly inappropriate chart-topper, but while they’re not quite at RiRi’s level yet, 17,000 Facebook fans in nine months is nothing to be sniffed at. It all started for Robert (guitar, vox), Sean (ukulele) and Neddy (rhymes) when they posted a video of their very first track ‘Stars In My Eyes’ on YouTube. Almost 300,000 views later, the acoustic troubadours have added an Oxegen slot, some monster supports and countless radio and TV performances to their rock and roll resume.
Listen: to the rather neat Original Rudeboys back catalogue at www.facebook.com/OriginalRudeboys.
See: the YouTube clip that started it all at www.tinyurl.com/6y9xoy3.
If the name SertOne sounds familiar, you probably know the 23 year-old Portadown producer as the man responsible for the most collar-poppingly brilliant beats of the last 12 months. His regular offerings of hip hop-infused, groove-led electronic remixes and originals have rarely left our iTunes Most Played list, not that we’re the only ones. The slicker-than-slick vibes on debut EP The View From Above earned Sert a highly unlikely shout-out from Boy George, who immediately tweeted his new find to 140,000 followers.
Listen: to The View From Above and remix albums Versions and WIDTS at www.sertone.bandcamp.com.
See: Sert’s sinister silhouette as he performs in the Pavillion, Cork with live visuals from Feel Good Lost films at www.tinyurl.com/cbyemft.
You’re not likely to recognise Aisling Browne from her previous gig, providing back-up vocals for ghostly songstress Katie Kim – the flame-haired guitarist is downright feral in her role as the frontwoman of Waterford quartet Solar Taxi, her soulful growl adding a much-needed human element to a fracas of scuzzy electro blips and disco-inspired riffs. Falling somewhere between Goldfrapp and The Knife, the experimental foursome debuted their throbbing dance pop on the bizarrely-titled She Dies With Beautiful Teeth EP in June, whetting appetites for their forthcoming long-player. Who says disco is dead?