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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 a selection of ambitious singles at www.ramspocketradio.bandcamp.com.
See: the baffling live set-up for yourself at www.tinyurl.com/bo94agu.
Falling head-over-heels for Cork-based smooth operator Brian Deady is easy – it only takes a single spin of the downright genius ‘Over Like McGyver’, a funked-up farewell ballad that uses bygone TV shows to describe a relationship that’s reached its expiration date. As you may be able to tell, Deady is more than just another silky-voiced neo-soulster. His hopelessly slick lyrics and a knack for resurrecting the woozy electronic-based R&B of the ‘70s and ‘80s set him apart from the rest. Bobby McFerrin, Roy Ayers, Cameo and Boney M are ripe for the comparing.
Listen: to the Love Out Loud EP on your iPod, after you’ve downloaded it for free from www.briandeady.com.
See: him performing in his jammies for some reason on Cork’s RedFM at www.tinyurl.com/d87473u.
THE HOT SPROCKETS
By playing a gig pretty much every week for the last five years, Delta blues aficionados The Hot Sprockets have shrewdly avoided being swallowed by their own hype and have remained the go-to band for a foot-stompin’, finger-clickin’ hootenanny in this town. They may have borrowed their sound from the Deep South, but when everything from the banjos to the mutton chops to the bolo ties match up, their dirty blues rock deserves to have an enduring home in the venues of Dublin city.
Listen: to their free mini-album at www.facebook.com/thehotsprockets, all for the price of a ‘Like’.
See: a mini-documentary filmed at the launch of Honeyskippin’ at www.thehotsprockets.com/videos.
BITCHES WITH WOLVES
While Ireland appears to have a perpetually revolving conveyor belt of singer-songwriters and folk rockers, the one thing we’ve been missing is a fabulously-attired pop star who thinks he’s Beyoncé. Step forward Bitches With Wolves mastermind James O’Neill, a man who adores sequins and vintage disco hooks in equal measures. For a sweaty night out on the tiles, look no further than this colourful showman and his band of merry beatmakers.