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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 The Great Collapse at www.aftertheexplosions.bandcamp.com.
See: the video for ‘Firstnameunknown’ at www.tinyurl.com/7pmyv7r.
You’d be forgiven for mistaking Limerick rockers Animal Beats for a group of rabid David Guetta soundalikes, but misleading name notwithstanding, this fresh-faced foursome deal exclusively in rock ‘n’ roll, straight up. Citing Biffy Clyro, Thin Lizzy and Kings Of Leon as influences, the industrious foursome will already be known to readers in the south-west, having qualified for pretty much every band competition held in the Munster region in the last three years, and winning a couple along the way. Singer John McDonnell is the lone absentee from the madness, his syrupy croon clashing brilliantly with the hearty riffs and roaring rhythms.
Listen: to their free mini-album at www.animalbeatsmusic.bandcamp.com.
See: the video for ‘Lights Out, Night Out’ at www.tinyurl.com/cdsn444.
I’M YOUR VINYL
Automata man Ken McHugh and the velvet-voiced Dana Donnelly make up Dublin electro funk outfit I’m Your Vinyl, but if you’re thinking that just isn’t enough manpower to craft an uplifting piece of dance rock, think again. Donnelly is in charge of guitar, tambourine and sultry vocal stylings, while multi-instrumentalist McHugh takes care of the rest. If their October Workman’s show is anything to go by, we reckon Ireland’s got a future superstar in Ms. Donnelly, on whom Team Hot Press has a collective crush.
Listen: to four tracks, including the brand new ‘Roll The Dice’ at www.soundcloud.com/im-your-vinyl.