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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 the highly-strung club pop you can hack at www.soundcloud.com/bwwmusic.
See: them at the Eurosonic Festival in the Netherlands on January 12, or if your pennies don’t stretch quite so far, experience the BWW live show through the video for ‘Hurricane’ at www.tinyurl.com/cxrucrs.
If you think The Black Keys have a monopoly on classic-sounding rock, you must have missed Marcata, the earthshaking debut album from Dubliners The Minutes. It took the Stones and Zep-referencing trio five years to produce their first LP, but there was no messing about when it came to the tunes. Demonic percussion, furious guitarplay and frenzied yelps recall a time before every song in the charts featured an obligatory dance beat and when great songwriting and great hair was enough to make you the biggest thing in music.
Listen: to a sample helping of the album plus countless radio sessions and live recordings at www.soundcloud.com/theminutesmusic.
See: them at the Eurosonic Festival in the Netherlands on January 12, or closer to home, at the Academy, Dublin on February 11.
Ever since the Redneck Manifesto popped their heads above the undergrowth, Ireland has served as an unlikely nerve centre for instrumental rock, producing some of the best progressive guitar bands on the planet. One such band is Wicklow four-piece Enemies, whose blissed-out, groove-led rock has earned them fans in Japan, the US and many more places besides. Not that they’re lagging behind at home – the highly-skilled foursome drew one of the biggest crowds at this year’s HWCH festival and their as-yet-untitled second LP is already one of the most hotly-anticipated records of 2012.
Listen: to two EPs, one album and two ravishing tracks recorded exclusively for Record Store Day at www.enemiesmusic.bandcamp.com.
See: them in the videos for ‘Robert Reid’ and ‘Coco Et Moi’ at www.vimeo.com/22665973.
A longtime darling of the bountiful Irish electronic scene, Katie Kim is not a million miles away from 2011’s golden boy James Blake in that she possesses both a quiver-inducing voice and the power to turn that voice into alt. pop gold. Fresh from a performance on the seminal Later… With Jools Holland (the young production whiz is lesser-known as a guitarist with The Waterboys), Ms. Kim is all set to release her second record, the beautifully haunting Cover And Flood, and reclaim her spot as one of the most valuable musicians in the country.