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Olaf Tyaransen

Olaf Paul Tyaransen was born in Dublin in 1971, but spent his formative years in Galway. He began contributing to Hot Press in 1991, and has since gone on to establish a national profile as one of Ireland’s most adventurous and controversial writers. In 2010, he published Selected Recordings: 2000-2010, his fifth book, which included inteviews with pop icon Lady Gaga, Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner and Irish legends U2, Shane MacGowan and Sinéad O’Connor. In this issue, he meets cover star Lisa Hannigan and puts his questions to presidential candidate Michael D. Higgins.

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Album: Album Review: 'Twice Around The World' from The Stunning

2018-02-28 11:29:00

A stunning affair - in all senses.

Interview: The Full Hot Press Cover Story with Wyvern Lingo

2018-02-21 11:11:00

The word is out. With the release of their self-titled debut album, Bray trio WYVERN LINGO are set to take the world by storm. Sitting down with Hot Press for their first cover story, school friends Karen, Caoimhe and Saoirse talk tattoos, touring, songwriting – and the importance of feminism.

News: In Hot Press this week: Interview with Wyvern Lingo

2018-02-08 16:03:00

With the release of their self-titled debut album, the Bray trio made up by Karen Crowley, Caoimhe Barry and Saoirse Duane are set to take the world by storm.

Interview: Hot Press meets fledgling Dublin act Inhaler

2018-02-08 15:08:00

The teenage frontman of fledgling Dublin act INHALER might have a world famous rock star for a father, but Eli Hewson and the band are fully determined to go their own way.

News: Tuvan Folk Act Huun-Huur-Tu To Play Irish Tour

2018-02-05 16:36:00

The acclaimed Tuvan throat singing quartet will play five dates in March

Interview: From Innocence to Experience: 4 Years in the Life of U2

2018-02-02 12:57:00

From our 2018 Annual, the full cover story by Olaf Tyaransen.

News: Ian Bailey To Face Murder Trial In France After His Appeal Is Rejected In Paris

2018-02-02 11:56:00

The former journalist is to be charged with the 1996 murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

Book News: Hot For 2018: 10 Books That Should Be On Your Read List This Year

2018-02-01 10:59:00

Hot Press takes a look at the ten tomes that everyone will be talking about in 2018.

Comedy: THOSE WE LOST 2017: Remembering Comedy Legend Sean Hughes

2017-12-20 11:35:00

The recent death of comedian, actor and writer SEAN HUGHES, at the age of just 51, came as a shock to most people. OLAF TYARANSEN pays tribute to a genuine trailblazer of Irish comedy

Interview: THE 12 INTERVIEWS OF XMAS: Imelda May Reinvented

2017-12-15 12:30:00

Imelda May was our cover star back in March, and shared everything from her birth, sex, love, divorce and death, all of which appear in her newest album. "It's the story of my life," she told Olaf Tyaransen.

Interview: THE 12 INTERVIEWS OF XMAS: Depeche Mode

2017-12-15 12:05:00

Personal? Jaysus...Our man Olaf Tyaransen got a chance to talk with one of the biggest bands in the world at the start of 2017.

Interview: THE 12 INTERVIEWS OF XMAS: The explosive Ian Bailey interview which sent ripples across the State

2017-12-15 12:03:00

In 1996, the French film director, Sophie Toscan du Plantier, was murdered just outside the small town of Schull, in West Cork. Twenty years on, no one has any idea what happened on that fateful night. What we do know is that someone in the Gardaí decided that Ian Bailey – a journalist from Manchester who had moved to West Cork six years previously – was the prime suspect. What followed is a tale of incompetence, corruption, abuse of due process, and perversion of the course of justice – plunging Ian Bailey into a never-ending, Kafka-esque nightmare. Here, for the first time, he talks openly and in great detail about the case to a journalist.

News: Ros na Rún Actress to Launch Debut Album in Galway

2017-12-05 12:42:00

Dónal Lunny and Garry Ó Briain will be playing at Ann Marie Horan’s launch

News: U2's Songs of Experience: Track By Track

2017-11-30 11:33:00

U2’S fourteenth studio album Songs of Experience – a companion piece to 2013’s Songs of Innocence – is set for release tomorrow, December 1. Olaf Tyaransen takes quick scoot through the album track by track, offering a tantalising taste of what to expect…

News: The Songs of Experience Countdown: Hot Press writers share their favourite U2 experiences

2017-11-24 15:24:00

10 Hot Press writers share their favourite U2 moments as we get set for the release of Songs of Experience on December 1. On our fifth day, Olaf Tyaransen shares a story which reveals a side of Bono that the public rarely see.

News: In the Hot Press 2018 Annual: U2 go in depth about death, politics and family

2017-11-23 15:55:00

With one week to go before their 14th album, Songs of Experience, U2 grace the cover of the 2018 Hot Press Annual.

News: Legendary Californian Folk Singer Julie Felix To Support SON at Monroe’s Live in Galway Tonight

2017-11-17 10:59:00

Felix is probably best known as the woman who taught Leonard Cohen how to turn his poetry into song.

Album: Album Review: The Corrs, Jupiter Calling

2017-11-15 17:50:00


Live: U2's Trafalgar Square MTV Show Ends In Draw

2017-11-11 22:51:00

The big winners will be the TV audience tomorrow evening. There, the likelihood is that U2's music will shine through, in a way that makes sense of what was strange night in the centre of London.

News: Edge Answers Bono's Critics At U2 London Press Conference

2017-11-11 18:00:00

In advance of their appearance in Trafalgar Square in London tonight, Adam Clayton and Edge spoke to a group of 15 Irish media personnel.

Interview: The Full Interview with The Waterboys' Frontman Mike Scott

2017-11-08 11:56:00

The 12th studio album by The Waterboys, Out Of All This Blue, is their very first double album in a near 35-year career. Recently married frontman MIKE SCOTT talks about his love of Ireland, discovering hip hop beats, meeting Lou Reed and David Bowie, and the joys of fatherhood.

Commentary: Sean Hughes - Remembering A Comedy Legend

2017-11-07 10:50:00

The recent death of comedian, actor and writer SEAN HUGHES, at the age of just 51, came as a shock to most people. OLAF TYARANSEN pays tribute to a genuine trailblazer of Irish comedy

Album: Album Review: Mark Geary, The Fool

2017-11-02 16:02:00

Top Geary...

Interview: In Conversation With Adrian Crowley

2017-11-02 14:38:00

Choice Prize-winner ADRIAN CROWLEY has just released his eighth album, Dark Eyed Messenger. He tells OLAF TYARANSEN why the songs could just as easily have been books or films.

Album: Album Review: Slow Place Like Home, When I See You... Ice Cream!

2017-10-27 13:56:00

Quality stuff from the Donegal groove mechanic.

Interview: The Full Interview: The Killers talk Trump, Bowie, Bono & Las Vegas

2017-10-25 16:50:00

It’s been five years since mega-selling Nevada act THE KILLERS’ last album, but Wonderful Wonderful may be their most vital offering yet. Brandon Flowers and Ronnie Vanucci Jr. talk about growing up in Vegas, chasing the ‘Bono Talk’, Jackknife Lee’s work ethic, playing the White House, the deaths of Bowie, Cohen and Cornell, and the weight of expectation when it comes to making your fifth record. Interview: Olaf Tyaransen

Interview: ABBA co-founder Benny Andersson: On fame, sobriety and why he'll never write a memoir

2017-10-19 10:31:00

Olaf Tyaransen speak with the legendary Swedish composer and ABBA co-founder BENNY ANDERSSON.

Album: Album Review: I Tell A Fly, Benjamin Clementine

2017-10-16 10:52:00

Highly experimental sophomore album from 2015 Mercury Winner.

Album: Album Review: Dream Your Way Out Of This One, Niall Connolly

2017-10-16 10:42:00

Excellent effort from prolific Irish artist.

Interviews: Larry Flynt is hoping to bring down Trump but exactly who is he?

2017-10-15 10:45:00

Olaf Tyaransen was granted a rare interview with the porn baron in 2008...

Interview: Olaf's Greatest Hits: The Explosive Courtney Love Interview

2017-10-13 11:57:00

One thing is for sure: Courtney Love doesn't doe things by half. One of rock's most controversial figures, she lived in Ireland for a time in the late 1970s. She recalls taking photos for Hot Press, before moving to Manchester. Later, she famously met and married Kurt Cobain. While Cobain was still alive, she had established herself as a musician in her own right, successfully fronting her own band, Hole. Later, she starred in The People vs Larry Flynt, lost vast sums of money, dried up artistically and fell foul of any number of controversies. At the age of 45, she came back, with powerful new record Nobody's Daughter, a very strange boyfriend and - in this remarkable, free-wheeling interview - a shitstorm of gossip to get off her chest.


2017-10-12 14:21:00

It's a tough job, but somebody had to interview the chaps on their private jet...

News: OLAF'S GREATEST HITS: Dave Gahan (1997)

2017-10-11 17:36:00

The Depeche Mode singer, who months before had clinically died, was in confessional form when he encountered Mr. T in London...

News: It's ten years to the day since Radiohead released In Rainbows

2017-10-10 18:13:00

Here's what Olaf Tyaransen made of their name your price album...

Album: Album Review: Adrian Crowley, Dark Eyed Messenger

2017-10-10 12:32:00

Brilliant effort from Irish-singer songwriter

Interviews: OLAF'S GREATEST HITS: Gerry Adams (2003)

2017-10-09 19:15:00

Osama bin Laden, Jean McConville, Detective Garda Jerry McCabe & IRA bombings were all on the agenda during a spectacularly frosty and fractious meeting with the Sinn Féin leader...

Interview: The National's Matt Berninger talks working with Lisa Hannigan, the 'stink' of Trump, and their newest album

2017-10-09 10:03:00

Sleep Well Beast, the seventh studio album by enduring US indie darlings The National, is a hauntingly dark, paranoid, melancholic and sometimes angry affair. Frontman MATT BERNINGER talks about working with Lisa Hannigan, writing break-up lyrics with his wife of ten years, the “stink” of Donald Trump, and why their new record like “lunch with its underpants on.”

Interviews: OLAF'S GREATEST HITS: Johnny 'Mad Dog' Adair (2007)

2017-10-07 16:22:00

His encounter with the notorious UDA Company C leader is one of the most remarkable interviews ever published in Hot Press...

Album: Music Review: Tor Amos, Native Invader

2017-10-04 11:39:00

Mixed bag from cult singer.

News: Emma Lohan announces 'Black Atlantic Tour'

2017-10-02 12:08:00

The Galwegian singer-songwriter is playing three Irish dates

News: Leo Varadkar Branded A "Tosser" By LCD Soundsystem Guitarist

2017-09-30 19:36:00

The Taoiseach is a big fan of the band, who took Dublin by storm this week – but it seems that the feeling isn't exactly mutual!

Interview: Olaf Tyaransen visited Hugh Hefner in the Playboy Mansion

2017-09-28 09:30:00

He was thinking of U2 as he drove through the gates...

Album: Album Review: Candice Gordon, Garden of Beasts

2017-09-21 11:29:00

Darkly spellbinding debut from Dublin singer.

Album: Album Review, Aircraft of Tomorrow, Alas Euphoric

2017-09-19 12:29:00

Debut album from Dublin-based electro duo is no Ryanair affair.

Reports: In Ireland Even The Dogs In The Street Are Taking Cocaine

2017-09-14 12:32:00

Prize-winning greyhound Clonbrien Hero tested positive for the drug on three occasions. “I wouldn’t make a habit of it,” says racing insider.

Book News: Olaf Tyaransen On The Death OF JP Donleavy

2017-09-14 10:58:00

The American writer's most famous novel, The Ginger Man, sold more than 50 million copies

News: Vera Twomey To Sing With SON At ‘SONGS FOR AVA’ Fundraiser In Waterford This Sunday

2017-09-07 16:53:00

The event is being held in aid of seven-year-old Dravet Syndrome sufferer Ava Barry

News: Elbow Owned Day Three of Electric Picnic: Full Report

2017-09-04 13:00:00

There was an abundance of great music, and lots of action in the Hot Press Chat Room, as Electric Picnic recovered from Saturday’s rain storms.

Interview: COUNTDOWN TO ELECTRIC PICNIC: Phill Jupitus talks to Hot Press about his EP return

2017-08-29 13:21:00

In advance of his first Electric Picnic appearance in seven years, acclaimed UK standup Phill Jupitus talks multitasking at festivals, giving up booze, the stupidity of Brexit, and becoming a Doctor.

News: Watch: New King Kong Company Video ‘Involved’

2017-08-28 17:43:00

A brand new track from the Waterford dance collective has just dropped…

Interview: The Secret Life of The Coronas - The Full Hot Press Interview

2017-08-16 11:35:00

After years of soaraway success, The Coronas hit the buffers when a move to Island Records failed to work out as promised. But the biggest Irish rock band ever named after a typewriter have bounced back emphatically. The Indiependence-rocking quartet talk about hitting No. 1, high-profile relationships, drink, drugs, partying – and what the future holds.

Interview: Charlize Theron talks to Hot Press about her sizzling new thrillerAtomic Blonde

2017-08-14 10:44:00

Oscar-winner CHARLIZE THERON had to learn how to physically fight for her starring role as a deadly MI6 agent in ultra-violent new spy thriller, Atomic Blonde. She reflects on the fall of the Berlin Wall, female empowerment, filming a lesbian sex scene, and her love of Depeche Mode.

News: EXCLUSIVE: Propeller Palms release video for new single 'Without A Care In The World'

2017-08-08 15:53:00

The Waterford collective have today released their latest single with Hot Press.

Reports: U2: The Complete History of Their Live Tours - Lovetown to Elevation (Part 3 of 4)

2017-08-03 17:35:00

U2 have always put more into the crucible of live performance than almost any other band on the planet, endeavouring to make every tour an artistic and creative statement in itself. In advance of the return of their Joshua Tree Tour to Dublin, we chart the circumstances of their tours, recall the iconic moments and the visual highlights and reprise what it is that makes them the world’s pre-eminent live act. By Olaf Tyaransen

Reports: U2: The Complete History of Their Live Tours - War to The Joshua Tree (Part 2 of 4)

2017-08-03 17:28:00

U2 have always put more into the crucible of live performance than almost any other band on the planet, endeavouring to make every tour an artistic and creative statement in itself. In advance of the return of their Joshua Tree Tour to Dublin, we chart the circumstances of their tours, recall the iconic moments and the visual highlights and reprise what it is that makes them the world’s pre-eminent live act. By Olaf Tyaransen

Reports: U2: The Complete History of Their Live Tours - U2-3/Another Day to October (Part 1 of 4)

2017-08-03 17:16:00

U2 have always put more into the crucible of live performance than almost any other band on the planet, endeavouring to make every tour an artistic and creative statement in itself. In advance of the return of their Joshua Tree Tour to Dublin, we chart the circumstances of their tours, recall the iconic moments and the visual highlights and reprise what it is that makes them the world’s pre-eminent live act. By Olaf Tyaransen

Interview: Chester Bennington's Final Hot Press Interview

2017-07-21 10:22:00

The late Linkin Park singer spoke to Hot Press about their Minutes TO Midnight in Lisbon back in 2008

Live: Mundy, Paddy Casey and SON star at Party for Ava

2017-07-19 12:54:00

With Vera Twomey and her family exiled in Holland, where medicinal cannabis is legally available, it is impossible to escape the political backdrop to the Party for Ava which took place last night at the Tivoli Theatre in Dublin. Richard Boyd Barrett and Gino Kelly took up the pics...

Interview: The U2 Covers: No. 39, "The Edge on tour"

2017-07-18 13:20:00

Olaf Tyaransen caught up with The Edge just as the band prepared to bring their iNNOCENCE & eXPERIENCE tour home for dates in Belfast and Dublin

Interview: The U2 Covers - No. 35: 'U2 Put The Boots In'

2017-07-18 13:15:00

As U2 geared up for the release of No Line On The Horizon, they met HP to talk about the creation of their latest masterwork, meeting world leaders, the way they’re perceived in Ireland, the current state of the music business and their future plans.

Interview: The U2 Covers - No. 36: 'U2 Live'

2017-07-18 13:03:00

7 years ago, Olaf Tyaransen reported from U2's No Line On The Horizon tour in Barcelona, ahead of the band's Croke Park headliner.

Interview: THE U2 COVERS: No. 38, "High Flying Words"

2017-07-18 12:10:00

Hot Press' Olaf Tyaransen caught up with the band as they flew to Germany to promote Songs of Innocence

Interview: The U2 Covers - No. 28: 'U2: Boys To Men'

2017-07-18 11:38:00

Back in 2000, Olaf Tyaransen spoke to U2 following the release of 'Beautiful Day', with their 10th studio album, All That You Can't Leave Behind, imminent...

News: Very Special Guests Promised For 'A Party For Ava' in the Tivoli Theatre Tonight

2017-07-18 11:15:00

The fundraiser is in aid of six-year-old Dravet Syndrome sufferer Ava Barry.

Interview: The U2 Covers - No. 26: 'Adam Clayton: A Bass Odyssey'

2017-07-18 10:51:00

20 years of U2, through the eyes of Adam Clayton.

Interview: Longitude Special: Lucy Rose comes to Dublin

2017-07-13 16:53:00

With her third album Something’s Changing about to be released, Warwickshire-born singer-songwriter Lucy Rose explains how her Twitter tour of Latin America renewed her love of music and changed her approach to recording.

News: Rónán Ó Snodaigh, Paddy Casey, Susan O’Neill and Mick Flannery to play fundraiser for Ava Barry in the Tivoli

2017-07-11 16:10:00

Hot Press’ Olaf Tyaransen will be interviewing medicinal cannabis advocate Vera Twomey live onstage on the night…

Album: Album Review: WAS, Bear Worship

2017-07-10 15:52:00

Irish indie kid get experimental.

Interview: On The Road With U2: Tales from The Joshua Tree Tour

2017-07-04 15:46:00

Before the sold-out Seattle date on their Joshua Tree tour, U2 sat down with Hot Press to reflect on the creation of their iconic masterwork, the current political climate in the US, their upcoming Croke Park date, and their hotly awaited new album. Plus we report on the spectacular show itself and dip into the album’s mouthwatering deluxe reissue.

Reports: Hot Press 40th Anniversary: The Biggest Events Since 1977 (Mid'00s-Onwards)

2017-07-04 15:31:00

Hot Press has lived through some truly extraordinary moments over the past four decades. Over the course of four parts, Olaf Tyaransen rounds up the 40 most seismic events since Hot Press was born.

Reports: Hot Press 40th Anniversary: The 40 Biggest Events Since 1977 (Mid '90s- early '00s)

2017-07-04 15:22:00

Hot Press has lived through some truly extraordinary moments over the past four decades. Over the course of four parts, Olaf Tyaransen rounds up the 40 most seismic events since Hot Press was born.

Reports: Hot Press 40th Anniversary: The Biggest Events Since 1977 (1987-1993)

2017-07-04 15:09:00

Hot Press has lived through some truly extraordinary moments over the past four decades. Over the course of four parts, Olaf Tyaransen rounds up the 40 most seismic events since Hot Press was born.

Reports: Hot Press 40th Anniversary: The Biggest Events Since 1977 (1977-1986)

2017-07-04 14:54:00

Hot Press has lived through some truly extraordinary moments over the past four decades. Over the course of four parts, Olaf Tyaransen rounds up the 40 most seismic events since Hot Press was born.

Interview: The Full Interview with Ian Bailey - Victim of the State

2017-07-04 10:48:00

In 1996, the French film director, Sophie Toscan du Plantier, was murdered just outside the small town of Schull, in West Cork. Twenty years on, no one has any idea what happened on that fateful night. What we do know is that someone in the Gardaí decided that Ian Bailey – a journalist from Manchester who had moved to West Cork six years previously – was the prime suspect. What followed is a tale of incompetence, corruption, abuse of due process, and perversion of the course of justice – plunging Ian Bailey into a never-ending, Kafka-esque nightmare. Here, for the first time, he talks openly and in great detail about the case to a journalist.

Interview: Irish Lion: The Full Hot Press Interview with Damien Dempsey

2017-06-06 12:04:00

With the release of his seventh studio album, Soulsun, imminent, DAMIEN DEMPSEY discusses his occasional battles with depression, why marijuana should be legalised, having dinner at Brian Eno’s house, and working with the likes of Dido, Pauline Scanlon and Imelda May. Interview: OLAF TYARANSEN. Photography: KATHRIN BAUMBACH

Album: Album Review: Hair Like Blood, The Cute Hoors

2017-06-06 10:59:00

Excellent effort from veteran Irish rockers.

News: SON To Support Sharon Shannon At The National Concert Hall

2017-05-24 14:07:00

It’ll be an all-Clare line-up onstage in the National Concert Hall in August with Ennis-born singer-songwriter Susan O’Neill (aka SON) confirmed as the support act to Sharon Shannon on the 17th of that month. Tickets (starting at €25) are on sale now.

Album: Album Review: Galvany Street, Booka Shade (featuring Craig Walker)

2017-05-16 13:19:00

Return to roots for Ireland/Germany collaboration.

Live: U2: Donald Trump Takes A Back Seat In Seattle

2017-05-15 11:26:00

Bono, Larry, Adam and Edge played the CenturyLink Field, Seattle last night and Olaf Tyaransen was on hand to give his verdict.

Interview: The Full Walking On Cars Interview

2017-05-10 16:57:00

With the massive European success of their double platinum-selling debut, Everything This Way, Kerry’s WALKING ON CARS pretty much owned 2016. Currently back in Dingle writing the band’s second album, frontman Patrick ‘Pa’ Sheehy takes time out to tell OLAF TYARANSEN about their planned shows in Dublin, Cork and Belfast this summer, Fungie the dolphin, Danny Healy Rae, their creative process – and why quitting their day jobs was the best career move they ever made.

Interview: Patrick Bergin talks Red Rock, Irish politics and a life in front of the camera

2017-05-04 15:25:00

Currently starring in TV3 soap Red Rock, veteran Dublin actor Patrick Bergin reflects on fame, success, money, and why some Irish politicians should be put naked in a roomful of wasps.

Interview: Rooney Tunes: Visual artist David Rooney talks swapping the paintbrush for the guitar

2017-05-04 11:54:00

After three decades making his living as a visual artist, Hot Press illustrator DAVID ROONEY has just released his debut album. He tells OLAF TYARANSEN how Glen Hansard and Declan O’Rourke helped inspire him to swap his paintbrush for a guitar.

Interview: Dowd-Mouth! Interview with Eamonn Dowd

2017-05-03 14:18:00

Veteran musician Eamonn Dowd on his new album Dig Into Nowhere, working with Nikki Sudden, and how rock n' roll saved him from a life of drudgery in rural Ireland.

Interview: Craig Walker & Booka Shade’s Galvany Street Out Now

2017-05-02 17:40:00

When Craig Walker and Phoebe Killdeer were put together in a Paris hotel room for a songwriting session by their music publisher in 2009, they wrote the No 1 hit ‘Fade Out Lines’ in just five minutes. Now they’re collaborating on a new Berlin-based THEM THERE project.

Interview: Interview: Berlin's New Music Duo Them There

2017-04-27 12:48:00

When Craig Walker and Phoebe Killdeer were put together in a Paris hotel room for a songwriting session by their music publisher in 2009, they wrote the No 1 hit ‘Fade Out Lines’ in just five minutes. Now they’re collaborating on a new Berlin-based musical project called THEM THERE.

Book Interview: Galway writer Alan McMonagle chats with Hot Press about his debut novel Ithaca

2017-04-24 14:34:00

Having drifted aimlessly through his twenties, Galway-born ALAN McMONAGLE didn’t start writing seriously until he turned 30. Now aged 43, all of his hard work has finally paid off with the success of his debut novel Ithaca.

Interview: Personal? Jaysus! - The Full Depeche Mode Interview

2017-04-24 14:21:00

Booze! Drugs! Lesbian strippers! One of the biggest rock bands on the planet, Essex synth warriors DEPECHE MODE also used to be amongst the most hedonistic. But on the release of their 14th studio album, Spirit, founding member Andrew ‘Fletch’ Fletcher tells a truly gutted OLAF TYARANSEN that their decadent days are long behind them...

Album: Album Review: David Rooney, Bound Together

2017-04-18 16:50:00

Stunning debut from Hot Press illustrator

Frontlines: Building Up Momentum: Hot Press looks ahead to the 14th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival

2017-04-17 16:31:00

Momentum Acting Studio are presenting a three-play suite about love, at the 14th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. Director LIZA MICHAEL talks about what attracted her to the work of Neil LaBute and Louis CK.

News: Canadian Government Moves Towards Full Legalisation of Recreational Marijuana

2017-04-14 18:14:00

Making good on his 2015 electoral promises, yesterday Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party government introduced legislation that will potentially see marijuana fully legalised in Canada by July 2018. Rapper Snoop Dogg had already tweeted his approval…

Interview: Back In Black: The Reinvented Imelda May

2017-04-11 13:10:00

Imelda May’s stunning new album, Life. Love. Flesh. Blood, is strongly informed by her 2015 break-up with ex-husband and band member, Darrel Higham. In a remarkably revealing interview, she discusses working through personal pain on the record, reinventing her look and sound, collaborating with legendary producer T Bone Burnett in LA, and how advice from her friend Bono helped shaped the material. “I put my whole heart and soul into this album,” she tells Olaf Tyaransen.

Interview: Murphy's Draw: We talk to Cillian Murphy about his new film Free Fire

2017-04-04 13:48:00

Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy discusses his return to Ireland after many years in London, his working methods, and his role as an IRA man in Ben Wheatley’s ultra-violent new action movie Free Fire.

Interview: Mod Save The Spleen: Going toe-to-toe with Sleaford Mods

2017-04-04 13:04:00

It took numerous albums and over a decade of hard graft for cult Nottingham duo SLEAFORD MODS to finally start making a living from music. They’re now signed to Rough Trade, and Iggy Pop is a major fan, but acerbic vocalist Jason Williamson still isn’t happy…

News: Ian Bailey: “I’m Going To Be Arrested on Thursday”

2017-03-28 13:45:00

Long-time murder suspect, Ian Bailey, has spoken to Hot Press about his current legal travails, the planned Jim Sheridan documentary about his case and his debut poetry collection, The West Cork Way.

News: The Stunning's Steve Wall describes fatal car accident as a "tragedy beyond belief"

2017-03-23 16:46:00

Despite the car crash which claimed the life of the singer’s young niece, The Stunning’s Galway benefit show in aid of five female NUIG lecturers’ equality cases will still go ahead next week…

Interviews: From The Archives: Hot Press last spoke to Martin McGuinness when he ran for President in 2011

2017-03-21 11:03:00

His entry into the Presidential race came as a bombshell, throwing many political commentators, as well as the Fine Gael party, into a tailspin. It has also been the catalyst to a surge in support in the opinion polls for Sinn Féin. So who is Martin McGuinness? What is he like as a man? And can a self-confessed former IRA leader convince the Irish peope that he has what it takes to be the President?

Book Interview: Trip Through Your Words: Bono and the books that became the seeds for The Joshua Tree

2017-03-20 16:30:00

Having once memorably sung “Every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief”, BONO has never been shy when it comes to acknowledging his artistic influences. Norman Mailer, Truman Capote, Flannery O’Connor, Sam Shepard and Raymond Carver were amongst his literary reference points when it came to penning the lyrics for The Joshua Tree. By OLAF TYARANSEN

Report: Reach Out And Touch The Flame - The Full Joshua Tree Cover Story

2017-03-09 14:45:00

The Joshua Tree was the album that transformed U2 from being a big band into one of the most powerful and enduring forces in the history of rock music. On the 30th Anniversary of the release of the landmark album, OLAF TYARANSEN sets the scene, listens to some of the key players, and reflects on the extraordinary sonic magic that was conjured in a disused house in Rathfarnham, on the south side of Dublin, by a group of four Northsiders and their various musical accomplices…

Interview: It's A Long Way From Tipperary... Una Healy Talks Going Solo

2017-03-08 16:36:00

Best known as a singer with successful girl band The Saturdays, and also as a TV judge on The Voice, singer-songwriter Una Healy has waited a long time to release a solo album, but The Waiting Game is finally over… and out.

Book Interview: Top Geary: Interview with Karl Geary

2017-02-21 15:48:00

The chisel-cheeked KARL GEARY first shot to fame when he appeared in Madonna’s Sex book in 1992, but he’s more than just a pretty face. Having just published his debut novel, the Dubliner talks about his love of writing, his accidental acting career, the legendary Sin-e, and having Allen Ginsberg, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed as neighbours in 1980s Manhattan.

Interview: Keeping It Lit - The Full Interview with Elbow's Guy Garvey

2017-02-13 11:19:00

With Elbow’s seventh studio album, Little Fictions, about to drop, recently-hitched frontman GUY GARVEY talks about his (slightly) healthier lifestyle, the departure of drummer Richard Jupp, the twin disasters of Trump and Brexit, and why his actress wife makes him feel naughty.

Album: James Darkin - Go No Matter What

2017-02-07 14:49:00

Thrilling debut from the electro Dub

Book Review: Montpelier Parade, Karl Geary

2017-02-06 18:00:00

What a long, strange trip it’s been. Karl Geary – brother of musician Mark Geary – high-tailed it from Dublin in the 1980s.

Book News: HOT FOR 2017: The top 10 books to look out for this year

2017-01-31 11:58:00

From exciting Irish debuts to new releases by international heavy hitters such as Martin Amis, Paul Auster and Joyce Carol Oates, 2017 will be a big year for literary fiction. Olaf Tyaransen selects ten books they’ll all be talking about this year…

Interview: Elbow's Guy Garvey on Trump and Brexit

2017-01-27 11:13:00

“It feels like a return to fucking Dickensian values,” says the singer.

Book Interview: Fast Train Coming - An exclusive interview with Irvine Welsh

2017-01-27 10:10:00

A full 21 years after making one of the biggest British cinematic hits of the 1990s, the original cast and crew of Trainspotting have finally made a sequel. Author IRVINE WELSH talks about the stop/start process involved, the importance of the soundtrack, the possibility of a third installment, and why he thinks the election of Donald Trump will be great for artists. Interview: OLAF TYARANSEN

Interview: Rising SON: Susan O'Neill talks treading her own path this year

2017-01-26 10:59:00

Susan O’Neill, the husky-voiced backing singer with Propeller Palms and King Kong Company, is going on her own in 2017.

News: Film Review: Olaf Tyaransen on Danny Boyle's T2 Trainspotting

2017-01-23 15:09:00

A bad sequel can drag an iconic original movie down. Thankfully, however, Danny Boyle has beaten that trap with his update of Irvine Welsh's landmark Trainspotting

Reports: Olaf Tyaransen celebrates the illustrious life of Howard Marks

2017-01-18 10:45:00

One of the most notorious drug dealers of the modern era, in almost every way, Howard Marks went against stereotype. He was a highly intelligent, erudite and charming man, who enjoyed life to the full – while running rings around law enforcement agencies for years.

Book Interview: Paul Howard opens up about Ross O'Carroll and Irish aristocrats

2017-01-17 12:12:00

Olaf Tyaransen catches up with million-selling author Paul Howard, who currently has two new books out at the moment. One is the latest in his satirical Ross O-Carroll-Kelly; the other concerns an entirely different class of Irish legend...

News: EXCLUSIVE: Irvine Welsh On The Election Of Donald Trump

2017-01-16 14:38:00

“From a citizen’s point of view it sucks, but from an artist’s point of view it’s fucking great!” says the Trainspotting author.


2017-01-13 09:49:00

Matt Bellamy & Co. are going to have to extend their mantelpiece again...

News: WATCH: Walking On Cars receive EBBA at Eurosonic

2017-01-12 11:34:00

The Dingle indie rockers were presented with the award by Jools Holland...


2016-12-31 16:19:00

As 2016 draws to a close, the Grim Reaper has struck again.

Book Interview: Author of the year 2016 Paul Howard

2016-12-28 10:26:00

Million-selling author Paul Howard has two new books this year. One is the latest in his satirical Ross O-Carroll-Kelly series; the other concerns an entirely different class of Irish legend...

News: U2 Promise Fans "A Very, Very, Special" 2017

2016-12-26 14:05:00

U2 have posted a very interesting Christmas teaser on their website, remarking on the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree and hinting about a new album – and all that goes with it

News: Actress Carrie Fisher Suffers Heart Attack On Flight

2016-12-24 16:02:00

Best known for her starring role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, Carrie Fisher is currently in intensive care in a hospital in Los Angeles.

News: TG4 Documentary On Acclaimed Trad Band To Screen On Stephen's Night

2016-12-24 12:24:00

The Tulla Céili Band were one of the forerunners of the trad revival, who gigged all over Ireland as well as internationally with great success. Now they are the subject of a documentary by director, John O'Donnell

Interview: THE 12 INTERVIEWS OF XMAS: Bell X1

2016-12-21 13:40:00

The acclaimed Irish rockers Bell X1 met Olaf Tyaransen in October to talk about international success and new album Arms, the "most difficult that we've ever made."

Interview: THE 12 INTERVIEWS OF XMAS: Pixie Geldof

2016-12-21 13:32:00

Pixie Geldof talked with Olaf Tyaransen back in November about her love for Ireland, her unlikely music influences, and the pros and cons of being from a famous family.

News: THE 12 INTERVIEWS OF XMAS: Kings Of Leon in London

2016-12-19 15:31:00

The Followill family had some curveballs in store for interviewer Olaf Tyaransen during a highly charged interview back in October.

Drugs: The Drugs Don't Work

2016-11-16 10:26:00

Well, not in the manner intended anyway. The recent report from Forensic Science Ireland on the adulteration of the most widely used illicit drugs on this island makes for depressing, but mostly predictable reading.

Interview: Pixie’s Lot: Interview with Pixie Geldof

2016-11-14 10:22:00

Former model Pixie Geldof is about to release her debut album, the Tony Hoffer-produced I’m Yours. She talks about her love of Ireland, her unlikely country music influences, meeting Courtney Love, recording in LA with Beck’s father, and the pros and cons of being from a famous family. Interview: Olaf Tyaransen Photos: Kathrin Baumbach

Interview: A Love Supreme: Interview with Larry Love

2016-11-10 17:33:00

Larry Love of Brixton-based outfit Alabama 3 on playing outlaw funerals, recording the audiobook of Howard Marks’ final memoir, Ronan Keating’s polyps, and their three new studio albums.

Interview: Palm Dog Award - An Interview with Propeller Palms

2016-11-10 16:58:00

Paul Butler of acclaimed Waterford outfit Propeller Palms on smalltown jealousies, musical ambitions, the logistics of managing an eight-piece band, and their long-awaited second album, Old Dog, New Tricks.

Album: Album review: The Heavy Entertainment Show, Robbie Williams

2016-11-10 15:51:00

Excellent comeback from pop icon.

Interview: To Bell and Back: Interview with Bell X1

2016-11-10 11:35:00

Acclaimed Irish rockers Bell XI discuss meeting Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, attempting to replicate their huge Irish success internationally, and the challenges of creating their latest masterwork, Arms. “This record has been the most difficult that we’ve made,” they tell Olaf Tyaransen.

Interview: Wild Boys: An Interview with Bastille

2016-11-09 16:29:00

Wild World is out now on Virgin. Bastille play the SSE Arena, Belfast on November 9 and 3Arena, Dublin (10).

Album: Album Review: Floatus, Lambchop

2016-11-09 12:58:00

Hip-hop inspired album from nashville pioneers

News: New to Hot Press: Sub Motion

2016-11-09 12:43:00

Meet the band defiantly pushing against the grain of indie and folk bands in Ireland…

Interview: Louth Mouth: An Interview with Jinx Lennon

2016-11-09 12:13:00

It’s been six years since Irish urban troubadour Jinx Lennon put out his last studio effort. He’s now set to simultaneously release two new albums – and is still sounding as angry and acerbic as ever.

News: Galway musician Fia Rua stars in musical version of Playboy of the Western World

2016-11-08 13:16:00

The award-winning radio musical, based on John Millington Synge’s Playboy of the Western World, has now been adapted for theatre – and premieres in Galway tonight.

Album: Album Review: Pixie Geldof, I'm Yours

2016-11-01 11:25:00

Impressive debut from model-turned-singer

Interview: A Life Well Lived: An Interview With The Late Mark Kennedy

2016-10-31 22:15:00

One of Galway's great characters, Mark Kennedy, died last week. But there was far more to the man – and his history – than even those who knew, and loved, him might have been aware. He gave a rare interview to Hot Press’ Olaf Tyaransen in the recent past – at least in part with an eye to posterity.

Album: Album Review: Lady Gaga, Joanne

2016-10-29 10:23:00

Pop maverick presses 'reboot' with sometimes compelling results.

News: Galway Legend Mark Kennedy Dies

2016-10-27 14:56:00

An actor, writer and journalist, Mark Kennedy was a larger than life figure, who made Galway a better and more interesting place. By Olaf Tyaransen

Interview: Royal Family Values: An Interview with Kings of Leon

2016-10-26 16:05:00

In advance of the release of Kings Of Leon seventh studio album, Walls, Matthew and Nathan Followill discuss living in Nashville, record company pressures, working with producer Markus Dravs, the US presidential race, Caleb’s meltdown in Dallas, and fighting over a girl in a Dublin bar.

Interview: Divine Inspiration

2016-10-13 13:08:00

Divine Comedy frontman Neil Hannon on the band’s superb comeback album, Foreverland, living a life of domestic bliss in the Kildare countryside, and his encounter with the late David Bowie.

Food: Cook who’s talking: Hot Press meets JP McMahon

2016-10-11 10:42:00

Owner of three hugely popular Galway restaurants – including the Michelin-starred Aniar – JP McMahon has become one of the country’s most controversial chefs. He discusses Twitter spats, falling out with his head chef and best friend Enda McEvoy, the stresses of maintaining a successful business – and why so many chefs fall prey to sex, drink and drugs.

Book Interview: Light Follows Jay: Hot Press Meets Jay McInerney

2016-10-10 16:09:00

Acclaimed American novelist Jay McInerney on early literary success, the influence of James Joyce, being a member of the eighties brat-pack, hanging with Mick Jagger in Manhattan, and his latest novel Bright Precious Days.

News: The War On Drugs Arrives In Carlow and Kilkenny

2016-10-09 19:02:00

‘Operation Thor’ was the name given to a major Garda operation in Carlow and Kilkenny last Thursday. But with a staggering 210 police officers involved, and just €34,000 worth of drugs seized in the sting, was it even a remotely good use of time, resources and public money? Report: Olaf Tyaransen (pictured right with RTE's Dan Hegarty)

Interview: Great Scott! An Interview with tattoo artist Scott Campbell

2016-10-03 14:39:00

Internationally renowned American tattooist Scott Campbell on his early years in Louisiana, tattooing Heath Ledger and Courtney Love, and his work on Hennessy Very Special Limited Edition.

Interview: McMorrow's World

2016-09-14 12:14:00

James Vincent McMorrow's new album is one of the most anticipated Irish releases f the year, but the singer admits fraught emotions are never far from the surface. He discusses anxiety, stage fright, the dark side of social media and giving up the drink.

Album: Album Review: Wallis Bird, Home

2016-09-08 11:37:00

Wallis Bird’s last album – 2014’s Architect – largely celebrated the talented Wexford singer’s relocation from Brixton to Berlin. Things have obviously worked out for her in Germany. As the title of this fifth album suggests, she’s very much at home there.

Interview: Working 9 to 5: Hot Press meets Wild Beasts

2016-08-30 15:18:00

Ahead of their Electric Picnic performance, co-vocalist and guitarist Tom Fleming of the Wild Beasts tells Olaf Tyaransen about their fifth album, Boy King, modern masculinity, and why their testosterone-fuelled new songs are actually a lot more sensitive than they appear.

Book Review: The Voyeur’s Motel: Book review

2016-08-22 17:22:00

The Voyeur’s Motel By Gay Talese

Album: Album Review: Cronin The First Kiss Of Love

2016-08-08 13:14:00

Irish rocker's unashamedly retro debut

Album: Lisa Hannigan At Swim Album Review

2016-08-02 12:05:00


Interview: Meet Gay Porn's Mr. Nice Guy, Conner Habib.

2016-07-28 12:19:00

Connor Habib is a gay porn star with a difference – an ex-creative writing teacher who enjoys discussing Irish literature and cultural theory. Oh, and he loves his job.

Interview: Brett on Bowie

2016-07-22 11:52:00

Ahead of Suede’s Galway Arts Festival headliner, Brett Anderson, reflects on fatherhood, ageing, mortality, his first-ever meeting with David Bowie, and why he’ll never write his autobiography.

Interview: Kurt Vile Reveals His Biggest Moment to Date

2016-07-14 11:26:00

Having made a complete cult of himself for the past decade, Kurt Vile is starting to enjoy the same mainstream success as his former employers, The War On Drugs.

Interview: Interview: Foy Vance talks new album, Nashville and Elton John

2016-06-24 12:55:00

With his third album, The Wild Swan, just released on Gingerbread Man Records, Ulsterman Foy Vance talks about his friendship with Ed Sheeran, recording in Nashville, having Elton John as his executive producer, and the possibility of getting Noam Chomsky to appear in a music video.

Interview: Interview: Villagers' Conor O'Brien speaks to Hot Press ahead of Castlepalooza

2016-06-22 15:08:00

Conor O’Brien tells Olaf Tyaransen about his surprise at winning a second Ivor Novello award, the challenges of playing festival shows, and trying to figure out where his next album will take him.

Interview: Interview: Garbage's Shirley Manson Speaks Out About Dark Times And A New Record

2016-06-20 14:59:00

With the release of Garbage’s sixth studio album, Strange Little Birds, Scottish singer Shirley Manson talks about love, romance, break-ups, the pressures of life on the road, and the trials and tribulations of running your own record label.

Interview: Interview: Tony Parsons speaks to Hot Press following the release of his latest project.

2016-06-16 16:07:00

Tony Parsons latest thriller, The Hanging Club, features a group of vigilante executioners, dishing out a very modern style of justice. The former NME gunslinger turned controversial Sun columnist talks about ISIS, David Bowie – and why he’s in favour of the return of capital punishment.

Album: Album Review: Band Of Horses Why Are You Ok

2016-06-14 14:07:00


Comedy: Reginald D Hunter talks Gerry Adams, Donald Trump and his Irish tour

2016-06-08 12:40:00

In advance of his new show, The Aluminum Negro, acclaimed American stand-up REGINALD D. HUNTER waxes lyrical about Gerry Adams’ controversial tweet, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and why he considers Ireland to be a safe environment for his comedy. Interview: OLAF TYARANSEN

Interview: Alex Turner talks to Hot Press about The Last Shadow Puppets and Tina Turner's thighs.

2016-06-08 10:27:00

Indie superstar Alex Turner explains to Olaf Tyaransen why he felt compelled to return to TLSP, his mega-successful side project with Miles Kane.

Live: Review: Forbidden Fruit 2016 Day 2

2016-06-05 17:37:00

Olaf Tyransen gives his verdict on the second day of festivities at Forbidden Fruit 2016

Book Interview: Mike McCormack speaks to Hot Press about new venture

2016-06-01 14:46:00

Mike McCormack is easily one of Ireland’s most accomplished contemporary writers but, with just two short story collections and three novels in his 20-year career, he’s far from being the most prolific – or the richest!

Book Review: Solar Bones Review

2016-05-25 16:32:00

Olaf Tyaransen offers his review of Mick McCormack's Solar Bones.

Interview: Disclosure's Guy Lawrence speaks to Olaf Tyaransen ahead of Kilmainham gig

2016-05-25 14:20:00

From New York to Jakarta, Disclosure have conquered all before them. Sam Smith, Lorde and The Weeknd are all on the agenda as Olaf Tyaransen talks to one half of the brotherly duo, Guy Lawrence.

Interview: Stereophonics' frontman Kelly Jones speaks to Olaf Tyaransen ahead of Kilmainham gig

2016-05-24 14:32:00

With their 20th anniversary looming, Stereophonics are in the form of their lives. Ahead of a much anticipated Dublin show, frontman Kelly Jones talks music, life and the shadow of terrorism

News: Music World: Kevin Rowland of Dexys

2016-05-19 14:56:00

Before saying goodbye to your correspondent, Dexys frontman Kevin Rowland discusses Irish roots, Indian escapes and his pampered London lifestyle (not).

News: September Girls: Haze Of Their Lives

2016-05-09 12:00:00

Indie darlings September Girls are back with a new collection of shimmering instant classics. They talk to us about balancing art with commerce and how their new album was inspired by the dark side of social media.

Interview: Rising on

2016-04-14 10:39:00

Damien Dempsey’s typically stirring new album takes inspiration from the 1916 Rising. He talks history and the current state of the nation with Olaf Tyaransen.

Reports: My friend Howard

2016-04-14 16:44:00

Olaf Tyaransen pays tribute to his old smoking buddie, Howard Marks, who succumbed last week to bowel cancer.

Interview: The Fontaine Event: Interview with Willy Vlautin

2016-05-04 11:20:00

With the release of their tenth and final album, You Can’t Go Back If There’s Nothing To Go Back To, celebrated Portland alt-country outfit Richmond Fontaine are finally calling it a day. Frontman Willy Vlautin talks about their 23-year career, his new band The Delines and his forthcoming novel.

Interview: Saints Alive: An Interview With All Saints

2016-04-26 13:07:00

All Saints were one of the biggest bands of the late ‘90s – until they split up in 2001 following a row about who would wear what at a photo shoot. Now they are back – older, wiser and just as sexy as ever – with a hot new album.

News: Damien Dempsey talks to Hot Press

2016-04-14 12:30:00

Damo Dempsey's typically stirring new album takes inspiration from the 1916 Rising. He talks history and the current state of the nation with Olaf Tyaranansen

News: World Domination Starts Here: Kodaline Interview

2016-04-14 11:43:00

It is four years since the video for Kodaline’s ‘All I Want’ went viral. Since then, the band’s campaign has taken on a military dimension, as they set about conquering one territory after the other. Chased down the streets of Lisbon, fans waiting at the airport in Moscow, and playing to 37,000 fans in their home town of Dublin – clearly, the momentum is gathering pace. So how come they are the most unlikely fuhrers in the history of rock?

Album: Album Review: Richmond Fontaine You can't go back if there's nothing to go back to

2016-04-13 11:55:00


Book Interview: Book Interview: The Ascent of Yann Martel

2016-04-07 14:17:00

Yann Martel's fourth novel, The High Mountains of Portugal, is an allegorical religious tale featuring chimpanzees. The mega-selling Life of Pi author talks to Hot Press about faith, suffering, bad reviews and using animals as storytelling devices.

News: Hot Press meets Traders stars Killian Scott and John Bradley

2016-03-23 13:45:00

A much deadlier version of Fight Club, Traders ain’t for the faint- hearted. Hot Press caught up with the movie’s two big stars

News: Antonia Campbell Hughes opens up in Best Of Ireland

2016-03-18 14:34:00

One of Ireland's finest young acting talents, Antonia Campbell Hughes' peripatetic lifestyle has thus far prevented her from putting down roots. However as long as the work continues to be exciting, she's keen to seek out new adventures

Interview: Singing It All Back Home: An interview with Sing Street's director John Carney

2016-03-18 10:39:00

After Once, director John Carney had a choice. He could have a glitzy Hollywood career or he could parlay the kudos he acquired from his surprise indie hit into something more interesting. He chose the latter option – and the wisdom of that decision is clear on Sing Street, his charming new Dublin-set paean to the music of the ’80s – and the bittersweet experience of being a misunderstood teenager.

News: The kids are alright - Olaf Tyaransen talks to the young stars of Sing Street

2016-03-16 15:56:00

The youthful stars of Sing Street talk about receiving a crash course in’ 80s rock and pop, hanging with musicians on set and starring in a critical hit at the very outset of their careers.

News: Room to Gloam: An interview with The Gloaming

2016-03-04 14:55:00

On their hugely acclaimed debut album, trad supergroup The Gloaming reinvented Irish folk music for the 21st Century. The band's Thomas Bartlett talks Olaf Tyransen through their latest masterwork.

News: Frontlines: Where to Next for Irish Drug Policy After the Election?

2016-02-25 10:57:00

Bringing an end to the so called War On Drugs would save the country hundreds of millions, bankrupt criminal gangs and prevent the alienation and imprisonment of a vast number of Irish citizens. So find out where your candidates stand on the issue – and vote for those who are committed to supporting change.

News: In His Element: Room Producer Ed Guiney Interview

2016-02-22 11:33:00

Producer Ed Guiney’s Element Pictures is behind Lenny Abrahamson’s extraordinary film Room, which is up for Best Film at this year’s Oscars. From humble beginnings, he talks about conquering Hollywood.

News: Interview: Hot Press talks to Rob Doyle

2016-02-17 12:44:00

Sex, drugs, rampant nihilism - looks like Rob Doyle has a new book out. The enfant terrible of Irish literature discusses his latest offering. This Is The Ritual

Frontlines: Frontlines: The Drugs Don’t Work

2016-02-12 13:50:00

In the wake of the tragic death of Cork teenager Alex Reid, Olaf Tyaransen talks to the Global Drug Survey’s Dr. Adam Winstock about the dangers of 2C-B.

Frontlines: The Survivalist - Armageddon It

2016-02-03 13:27:00

A horrifying tale about the collapse of industrial society? No, it’s not a new episode of Fair City, it’s Stephen Fingleton’s brilliant Northern Ireland-set drama, The Survivalist.

Book Review: Review: Red Dirt

2016-02-03 12:44:00

E.M. Reapy - head of zeus

Book Review: Review: Solar Bones

2016-02-03 12:23:00

Mike McCormack - tramp press

Report: Eurosonic: Full Holland Drive

2016-02-01 16:15:00

Olaf Tyaransen reports on the 2016 edition of the Eurosonic festival, which once again showcased some of Europe’s finest young musical talent. Photos: Kathrin Baumbach

News: Olaf Tyaransen On Aiden Lambert: “He Was My High Priest Of Forgiveness”

2015-12-27 17:49:00

Hot Press 'Writer-At-Large' OLAF TYARANSEN on his long friendship with the late AIDEN LAMBERT. The widely-loved Blink and Mark Geary manager passed away on December 20th…

Interview: Howard Marks Interview

2015-12-10 10:11:00

He was once the world’s most famous drug dealer. Later, his face graced record sleeves and his memoirs inspired a hit movie. Now Howard Marks is battling terminal cancer and getting through the day one joint at a time. In a rare public appearance, the self- proclaimed “Mr Nice” talks about the highs, and occasional lows, of life as an international cannabis dealer – and explains how the spectre of death has shown him the meaning of life.

Interview: Guy Garvey Interview

2015-12-07 10:19:00

On a break from his day-job fronting Elbow, Guy Garvey talks about his "vanity" solo project and the song he may (or may not) have written about Angela Merkel.

Live: Imelda May Joins U2 For Final Epic Dublin Show

2015-11-29 14:49:00

Bono, Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen knew that when they took the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour to Dublin, it would be an emotional time. But even their expectations were surpassed – and then some – on a spectacular final night...

Album: Adele - 25

2015-11-26 10:51:00

English soul singer returns with another hit-filled blockbuster

Interview: The Edge Interview

2015-11-25 10:03:00

In the run up to their Irish sojourn, The Edge spoke to Hot Press in an exclusive interview, in which the U2 guitarist gave an extraordinary insight into the band's meticulous approach to their Irish shows, talks openly about the state of the music industry, the bad luck that seemed to stalk the band at the start of the tour cycle and the benefits of that Apple deal - as well as the rise of Donald Trump and repealing the 8th amendment.

Interview: Michael O'Higgins Interview

2015-11-19 11:11:00

One of the country’s most renowned barristers, ex-Hot Press contributor Michael O’Higgins also enjoys a parallel career as an award-winning crime author.

News: U2, Howard Marks and Olaf’s Anti Social Diary

2015-11-13 16:41:00

It was a strange week in the life of Hot Press Writer At Large, Olaf Tyaransen...

Interview: Maeve Higgins Interview

2015-11-11 10:19:00

Most recognisable over the past decade thanks to her role in RTÉ’s hit comedy show Hidden Camera, Maeve Higgins has also now penned her second collection of humourous essays. She discusses relocating to the US and appearing in Amy Schumer’s hugely successful TV series.

News: Ardal O'Hanlon Interview

2015-11-10 10:05:00

Nearly 20 years since he drove a milk-float at break-neck speed on Father Ted, Ardal O’Hanlon is going retro and playing a retired milkman in his new Sky comedy.

Interview: Maverick Sabre Interview

2015-11-09 10:11:00

London-Wexford rapper Maverick Sabre talks about his long-awaited comeback and the turmoil behind his new LP

Report: U2: Final London Night A Triumph for Bono & Co

2015-11-04 10:23:00

There have been big changes in the show between the opening date of U2’s Innocence + Experience tour in Vancouver, and last night’s show in London.

Interview: Colin Farrell Interview

2015-10-29 10:59:00

He may have eased off somewhat from the heady days of Minority Report, Photo Booth, Intermission, and In Bruges, but Colin Farrell is now clawing his way back to critical approval with his latest - wonderfully bizarre - box office offering The Lobster. Olaf Tyaransen caught up with the former party animal and dug deep...

Interview: Glen Hansard Interview

2015-10-28 11:17:00

Having just released a powerful and emotionally direct second solo album, Didn’t He Ramble, Glen Hansard is a man with a lot on his mind. He talks to Olaf Tyaransen about teenage delinquency, his complicated relationship with his father, the tragic death of a man at a Swell Season gig, and why he’s grateful for the advice he’s received from Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Vedder.

Interview: Donal Ryan Interview

2015-10-19 13:19:00

Literary sensation Donal Ryan talks about overnight success after a decade of toil and explains why going back to the day job might not be the worst thing that could happen

Interview: CHVRCHES Interview

2015-10-19 13:11:00

Glaswegian electropoppers CHVRCHES have delivered big time with their second album. Iain Cook tells Olaf Tyaransen why they wanted to make the same type of record again - only 20% better!

Interview: Anderson Interview

2015-10-19 12:56:00

He's been selling his debut solo record door-to-door. But behind the gimmick is a lifetime of creative struggle that has at last resulted in a hit album, Anderson tells Olaf Tyaransen

Interview: Toy Story - Roisin Murphy interview

2015-07-16 13:03:00

Having hunted high and (Ark)low for inspiration, music and style icon Roisin Murphy has returned with her first album in eight years, disco opus Hairless Toys. She talks motherhood, industry politics, and being inspired by Paris Is Burning, the cult documentary about the NYC underground drag ball scene.

Interview: Kevin Hines Interview - Benefits of Hines' Sight

2015-10-09 09:59:00

He tried to kill himself aged 17. Now Kevin Hines has become an advocate for suicide intervention and dealing with depression.

Frontlines: Everything In Moderation

2015-09-23 11:43:00

A recent National Student Drug Survey suggests a strong shift away from the use of potentially dangerous ‘myStery white powders’ in favour of old reliables such as cannabis and ecstasy. Words Olaf Tyaransen

Book Review: Aleksander Hemon Interview

2015-09-22 14:43:00

Exiled from Bosnia after the Balkan conflict kicked off, over the past 15 years, Aleksander Hemon has emerged as one of America’s most vital young novelists.

Interview: Eoghan McDermott Interview

2015-09-14 10:05:00

As he takes the helm at 2fm's drivetime slot, Eoghan McDermott opens up about self-harm, his desire to be a garda and the drinks cabinet raid that landed him in hospital. Plus, he discusses partying with Kodaline and chin-wagging with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Album: Didn't He Ramble - Glen Hansard

2015-09-11 09:50:00

Mature reflection from the Irish stalwart

News: State Of Grace

2015-09-01 10:13:00

A return to Stradbally, fashion and music icon Grace Jones is again sure to be among the festival's highlights.

Album: The Libertines - Anthems For Doomed Youth

2015-08-25 10:32:00

Indie legends stage surprisingly credible return

Interview: Jack Whitehall gets his Wickers in a twist

2015-08-25 10:06:00

He went to school with a star of Twilight and could have been Harry Potter, had he been arsed reading the book. But movie stardom has at last come knocking for comedian Jack Whitehall.

Interview: Finbarr Filan Interview

2015-08-20 10:07:00

Finbarr Filan went into a property development company with his brother Shane Filan of Westlife. They lost everything, with the result that Shane had to go bankrupt in the UK. That experience, allied to a feeling that the old political order in Ireland was banjaxed, led Finbarr to join the Renua party. Now, he is planning to run for election in the Sligo-Leitrim constituency. This is his first, remarkable, press interview.

Album: Lianne La Havas - Blood

2015-08-18 10:59:00

Accomplished sophomore outing for Prince-endorsed English soul singer

Interview: Clare Daly Interview

2015-08-12 15:28:00

Along with fellow Independent TD Mick Wallace, Clare Daly has landed more blows on the current Government than the mainstream opposition parties. She discusses her controversial arrests for drink-driving and trespassing at Shannon, being dubbed “anti-women” for her views on prostitution, why she’s open to the legalisation of drugs – and why the brewing Nama scandal will “make the banking inquiry look like a walk in the park”.

Interview: Interview with Author Paul Murray

2015-07-31 10:24:00

A self-confessing slow-working perfectionist, Paul Murray's first novel in five years is nevertheless a timely look at con jobs – and the banking crisis.

Interview: Cathal Smyth Interview

2015-07-30 11:06:00

The former Madness stalwart on why he had to quit the band and channel his relationship woes into a searing break-up record

Frontlines: Frontlines: The Reality of Rape Sentencing

2015-07-28 11:23:00

Nagnus Meyer Hustveit admitted that he had sex with Nuala Nic Dhomhnaill while – under the influence of medication – she slept. He received a seven year sentence, which was suspended by Justice Patrick McCarthy – a controversial decision which may be appealed by the State...

Interview: Everything Everything Interview

2015-07-16 10:10:00

Geopolitical turmoil may inform the lyrical content of Everything Everything's album Get To Heaven – but don't worry, there are still plenty of grooves to dance to.

Interview: Paolo Nutini Interview

2015-06-26 10:26:00

His albums to date have gone ten times platinum, and rising – making Paolo Nutini one of the biggest new stars of the past decade. A proud Scotsman, he also has a close affinity with Irish audiences. Which is why he is looking forward to his upcoming show in Marlay Park – for which he chose the bill himself. Here he talks Scottish independence, dope, songwriting – and lost more besides...

Interview: Interview with Glastonbury-bound Florence Welch

2015-06-24 12:37:00

She's broken-up, broken-down and been filmed three sheets to the wind on MTV. Little wonder Florence Welch felt she had been through the emotional grinder as her thoughts turned to her latest LP. She discusses the emotional traumas of taking a long holiday and explains why even free spirits need a little order in their lives.

Interview: Johann Hari Interview

2015-06-19 10:53:00

Having been stripped of the Orwell Prize after plagiarising other people's work, controversial journalist Johann Hari has returned with Chasing The Scream, and acclaimed exploration of America's drugs war bearing endorsements from Stephen Fry, Elton John and Noam Chomsky

News: MW4MW: A short story by Olaf Tyaransen

2015-06-12 17:00:00

For singles and couples alike, since the advent of the Digital Age, hooking up with strangers for casual, no-strings sex is easier than ever. Sometimes sexual fantasies may be best left unexplored. Or not, depending on how you feel...

Album: SOAK - Before We Forgot How To Dream

2015-06-11 15:37:00

Charming debut from precocious Derry singer

Interview: Simon Coveney Interview

2015-06-10 10:14:00

The son of a wealthy ‘merchant prince’ and politician, Simon Coveney was plunged into politics aged 25 when his father died suddenly. He has had a colourful career, encompassing ‘heaves’ against two Fine Gael leaders and a key part in the gay marriage campaign. In an extensive interview, the Minister speaks openly about the challenge of balancing family life and political ambitions – and lots more besides.

Interview: Groove Armada Interview

2015-05-26 15:45:00

Groove Armada are back. And bringing their powerful and unique DJ show to Forbidden Fruit. In the meantime, however, there's the small matter of his farm in France hat Andy Cato has attend to...

Album: Roisin Murphy - Hairless Toys

2015-05-26 12:01:00

Ireland's deviant queen of alt-pop is back!

Frontlines: Referendum Countdown

2015-05-19 11:00:00

The debate on the Same Sex Marriage referendum had it's dramatic moments and its amusing ones. OLAF TYARANSEN looks back on some of the high points - as well as the occasional low blow...

Interview: Irvine Welsh Interview

2015-05-19 10:41:00

The publication of his tenth novel, A Decent Ride, sees controversial author IRVINE WELSH making a fictional return to his home city of Edinburgh, in the process reacquainting readers with the hedonistic character of ‘Juice’ Terry Lawson. He tells OLAF TYARANSEN about life on the promotional trail, breaking taboos – and his hatred of golf...

Report: U2 In Vancouver: The Aftermath

2015-05-18 12:23:00

It was the beginning of a long year’s journey into night. Here, Olaf Tyaransen reflects on what U2 mean to him – and how the portents are increasingly positive for the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour

Interview: The Mighty Stef interview

2015-05-15 10:10:00

Veterans of the Irish scene, The Mighty Stef have just scored their first top 10 hit here. But it’s been a difficult journey, with the band suffering from the excesses of the road and frontman Stefan Murphy’s brushes with depression.

Report: LIVE REVIEW: U2 wow Rogers Arena on opening night

2015-05-15 10:27:00

With the performance "tight" and the production "stunning", the world's biggest band get off to a terrific start in Vancouver.

Interview: A Little Birr Of What You Fancy

2015-05-08 16:40:00

Twenty years into his career, life isn’t easy for MUNDY. With a young family, those long tours bring heartache as much as exhileration. But having joined forces with produer, Youth, for what may be his finest LP yet, his career is on a fresh upward arc.

Album: HamsandwicH - Stories From the Surface

2015-04-16 12:49:00

World class return from indie hopefuls

Interview: Hot Press Interview: Christina Noble

2015-04-15 12:50:00

Christina Noble, who along with her brother and sisters was horribly abused as a child, has dedicated her life to alleviating the distress of damaged and abandoned children all over the world. Not that it makes her an easy interviewee…

Interview: Baku to the Future: Hot Press meets Emin

2015-04-14 15:41:00

An heir to billions who counts Donald Trump as a personal friend, Azerbaijani singer Emin still just wants to be recognised for his slick dance-pop. He talks about performing at Eurovision, playing the Winter Olympics and the challenges of pursuing his musical dream.

Frontlines: Graham Dwyer: Architect of His Own Downfall

2015-04-14 13:59:00

The sensational trial of Graham Dwyer for the murder of Elaine O’Hara gripped the nation for the past two months. Now that it is over, and he has been found guilty, extraordinary facts are beginning to emerge about the man who, on the face of it seemed like butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth…

Main Event: Electric Picnic 2015: Florence Welch

2015-04-01 16:14:00

Flame-haired pop icon Florence Welch shares her Picnic memories and talks about how L.A. has influenced her upcoming album.

Main Event: Electric Picnic 2015: Manic Street Preachers

2015-04-01 16:01:00

It'll be one hell of a do! So says Manic Street Preacher James Dean Bradfield, who tells Olaf Tyaransen about retaining his creative zeal, his party animal past and what the band’s next chapter will be. Plus, in our preview of the summer’s biggest festival, we talk to Belle and Sebastian and Florence + the Machine – and give an early verdict on the acts that demand to be seen...

Interview: HamsandwicH on the road forward

2015-03-18 16:53:00

With the release of their third album, HamsandwicH have taken a giant leap forward. Driving forces Niamh and Podge outline their masterplan for world domination to Olaf Tyaransen...

Interview: The Hot Press Interview: Marty Whelan

2015-03-18 16:09:00

One of the most familiar faces in Irish broadcasting over the course of Hot Press’ 900 issues, Marty Whelan discusses his early days on pirate stations, his ill-fated move to Century Radio, friction with RTÉ, Gerry Ryan’s drug use and why he’ll be voting 'yes' in the same-sex marriage referendum. “I’ve taken a lot of chances over the years,” he tells Olaf Tyaransen

Interview: The Byrne Ultimatum: Jason Byrne's Hot Press interview

2015-03-03 15:46:00

Renowned for his anarchic live performances, Jason Byrne is one of Ireland’s most successful comedy exports. With his new TV3 show Snaptastic up and running, the comic sounds off about formative experiences with sex and booze, why he’ll never take drugs, the uniqueness of Tommy Tiernan – and where he draws the line on offensive humour.

Interview: Girl Talk: Hot Press catches up with Kim Gordon

2015-03-03 12:33:00

One of the most iconic figures in alt-rock, Kim Gordon’s new memoir, Girl In A Band, sees her reflect on Sonic Youth’s remarkable career, her friendship with Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, and her painful break-up with Thurston Moore.

Album: Gaz Coombes - MATADOR

2015-02-25 17:31:00

Middle-aged kicks from ex-Supergrass frontman

Interview: The Real Ross O'Carroll-Kelly Stands Up

2015-02-19 12:21:00

One of Ireland’s most successful authors, Ross O’Carroll-Kelly recently sold his millionth book. His column in The Irish Times aside, the enigmatic Southsider keeps a remarkably low profile. So what is the man behind the myth really like? Is his dick as large as legend has it?

Interview: Gavin It Large: Hot Press talks to Gavin James

2015-02-19 11:39:00

He hasn’t put out a proper LP yet but already Gavin James is the toast of Ireland and beyond, as his recent appearance at a Dutch music festival proved.

News: Breaking Bad

2015-02-10 15:40:00

Bad Breeding make disaffected guitar music that's loud, industrial and goes straight for the blue-blooded jugular of the British establishment. It's not for the faint of ear, but the young outfit are more than mere noise merchants.

Album: Bjork - Vulnicura

2015-02-10 14:16:00

Uneasy Listening from Icelandic Superstar

Album: Jape - This Chemical Sea

2015-01-23 12:00:00

Another masterpiece from the two-time Choice Winner.

News: EUROSONIC 2015

2015-01-23 10:50:00

Hot Press journeys to Groningen for Eurosonic, the showcase festival that this year attracted a record number of acts, many familiar Irish faces among them.

News: RTÉ Goes Porn Crazy

2015-01-06 13:56:00

Well, not quite. But last night’s episode of the two-part documentary, We Need To Talk About Porn, was relatively free of alarmist nonsense…

Interview: Long Way To The Top - Hot Press meets The Coronas

2014-12-10 10:52:00

On their home turf, The Coronas are one of Ireland's biggest selling rock acts. Now, in an in-depth interview, singer Danny O’Reilly and guitarist Dave McPhillips reveal how the band had to move to London to broaden their horizons. And on a more personal note, Danny talks about his past romance with Laura Whitmore – and how splitting up with the MTV presenter became the inspiration for many of the songs on the new LP, The Long Way...

Interview: A Historian For All Seasons – Diarmaid Ferriter interview

2014-12-08 11:16:00

As Professor of Modern History in UCD, Diarmaid Ferriter is Ireland’s best known historian. But what is the man like, behind the academic mask?

Reports: Massaging the Figures - Hot Press meets Laura Lee

2014-12-02 15:13:00

Irish sex worker and rights campaigner Laura Lee says proposed changes to the prostitution laws here are based on false data. She discusses the ‘Swedish Model’ and life as a dominatrix

Album: Gemma Hayes 'Bones + Longing' - Album Review

2014-12-02 12:47:00


Interview: A Troubled Enigma Returns - Hot Press meets Damien Rice

2014-11-26 10:23:00

He was the hottest singer-songwriter on the planet and then, suddenly, he vanished from view. Back after an eight year hiatus, in a fascinating interview, Damien Rice discusses his long quest for inner peace, working with Rick Rubin and his attempt to patch things up creatively with Lisa Hannigan. Oh, and his sense of humour...

Interview: Hot Press Interview with Aodhán Ó Riordáin

2014-11-24 11:55:00

Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin prompted a national conversation when he spoke about the bullying he suffered at school. In an extensive interview he discusses his views on abortion, Labour’s election prospects and where he believes the government got it wrong on water charges.

News: This One I Discovered Today: Placebo cover Kate Bush

2014-11-19 12:40:00

Check out Brian Molko and co's stunning reworking of the Kate Bush's 'Running Up That Hill'

News: This One I Discovered Today: Placebo cover Kate Bush

2014-11-18 15:59:00

Olaf Tyaransen on discovering the London band's take on 'Running Up That Hill'...

Interview: High Flying Words - Hot Press meets U2

2014-11-12 10:40:00

When U2 released their latest album Songs of Innocence free on iTunes, it sparked a furious and often heated debate. But after 30 million downloads and close to 100 million listens, the attention is finally shifting to the music. On the way to a TV show in Germany, Hot Press caught up with Adam, Bono, Edge and Larry...

Interview: 'Demon' Barber - Lynn Barber Interview

2014-11-10 10:53:00

She’s one of the most notorious interviewers in journalism, with a scalpel wit and love of skewering her subjects. But Lynn Barber had the tables turned when, by way of promoting her new memoir, she sat down with Olaf Tyaransen.

Interview: Austerity Report - Hot Press meets Michael Fitzmaurice

2014-11-10 10:19:00

The newly elected TD for Roscommon-South Leitrim Michael Fitzmaurice doesn’t live in the constituency. But the 45-year-old president of the Turf Cutters and Contractors Association believes his Galway address is irrelevant...

Album: Eamonn Dowd 'Down A Hundred Crooked Roads' - Album Review

2014-11-03 12:05:00

Short, Sharp And Soulful

Album: Simple Minds 'Big Music' - Album Review

2014-10-31 11:28:00


Album: Carol Keogh 'Mongrel City' - Album Review

2014-10-21 12:16:00


Interview: How Damien Conquered His Demons

2014-10-21 12:09:00

Troubadour Damien Dempsey on battling depression and finding inner peace.

Interview: These Lips Are Made For Talking - Horslips Interview

2014-10-21 11:59:00

Ahead of the band’s much anticipated headline appearance at Sligo Live, Horslips’ Barry Devlin reflects on the town’s place in ’Lips history and ruminates on the sticky question as to whether they will record together again words

Album: Join Me In The Pines 'Inherit' - Album Review

2014-10-20 11:38:00


Film: TV Highlight: Strange Connections

2014-10-14 11:58:00

Television viewers were shocked when it was revealed the star of a new RTE reality show was a sex-worker. Here Connected’s Kate McGrew – aka Lady Grew – talks about the therapeutic aspects of her job, why she has never felt a victim and what it’s like seeing your life on the screen

Interview: Changing Seasons - Marketa Irglova Interview

2014-10-13 11:03:00

As one half of The Swell Season, Marketa Irglova had a roller-coaster ride to the summit of the music industry, culminating in an Oscar win with 'Falling Slowly'. Now a solo artist, she talks about love, life, death – and her experiences as a mother in Iceland

Interview: Terence Casey Interview

2014-10-06 11:01:00

The rising suicide rate has affected a huge number of people in Ireland in recent years. To address it, coroner Terence Casey believes the government must provide more community-based solutions to help those in despair

Album: Leonard Cohen 'Popular Problems' - Album Review

2014-10-03 11:10:00


Interview: Ella Eyre talks to Hot Press

2014-10-02 11:32:00

Dubbed the ‘British Beyonce’, Ella Eyre has whooshed to the top of the charts via high-profile hook-ups with Rudimental and Naughty Boy. But can she cut it on her own?

Interview: Shrine On You Crazy Diamond - Hozier Interview

2014-10-01 10:48:00

He’s the songwriting sensation who seemed to appear from nowhere. With the whole world ready to swoon at his feet Wicklow bluesman Hozier talks about the years of graft behind his overnight success, his ‘controversial’ ‘Take Me To Church’ video and explains what it’s like to live in the rock music fast lane.

Interview: Blonde Ambition - Niamh Horan Interview

2014-09-30 11:32:00

Sunday Independent journalist Niamh Horan discusses religion, rugby, prostitution, the art of journalism (‘the social equivalent of leprosy’) and a whole lot more. Olaf Tyaransen was very impressed....

Interview: Corr Survivor – Sharon Corr talks to Hot Press

2014-09-29 10:52:00

She sold 45 million records with her band The Corrs. But when she launched herself as a solo artist, Sharon Corr was consumed by nerves. She talks about the struggles of balancing motherhood and music, sibling rivalry during The Corrs’ glory years and brother Jim’s ‘interesting’ political views.

Album: Robert Plant 'Lullaby And…The Ceaseless Roar' - Album Review

2014-09-24 17:18:00

No zep reunion needed for the bould Robert

Interview: Fran & Boy - Peter Coonan Interview

2014-09-23 10:57:00

Known to most of the country as small screen psychopath Fran Cooney, Love/Hate star Peter Coonan talks about portraying people-lover Brendan Behan, the influence of his late mother on his life and career, and the Irish actors he holds in high regard.

Main Event: Dylan In The Name Of

2014-09-17 11:50:00

In a forthcoming Culture Night lecture, legendary Hot Press writer Jackie Hayden will discuss the interweaving legacy of the “two Dylans” – Bob and Thomas – and their influence on him as a young man growing up in consaervative Dublin.

Interview: Student Special: Laura Harmon Interview

2014-09-15 12:22:00

Recently-elected USI President Laura Harmon is the first female to hold the office in 20 years. In a convivial chinwag with Olaf Tyaransen, she discusses USI policy, sexuality, mental health and a whole lot more...

Album: Ariana Grande 'My Everything' - Album Review

2014-09-09 16:53:00


Album: Sharon Corr 'The Same Sun' - Album Review

2014-09-08 15:23:00


Album: Hozier – Album Review

2014-09-05 13:40:00

Stunning debut from hot Irish prospect.

Interview: No Stein Like The Present - Chris Stein Interview

2014-09-03 11:40:00

With their tenth album just released and a stellar Electric Picnic performance last weekend, these are heady days for Blondie. The band’s Chris Stein reflects on 40 years in music and his friendship with the late Lou Reed and Tommy Ramone.

Interview: Breakfast of Champions - DBC Pierre Interview

2014-09-03 11:14:00

Booker-winning novelist, controversial hedonist and all-round good egg, DBC ‘Dirty But Clean’ Pierre discusses lovely Leitrim, Hammer horror, publishing pressures, mobile communications and parallel universes.

Album: Royal Blood 'Royal Blood' - Album Review

2014-08-21 15:24:00


Interview: 20th Century Boys - The 1975 Interview

2014-08-21 15:13:00

Matt Healy of Mancunian indie quartet The 1975 on international success, dealing with critics, writing with One Direction, supporting the Rolling Stones, and why today’s perceived ‘knobhead’ is often tomorrow’s ‘legend’.

Interview: High Flying Words

2014-08-18 10:42:00

The critically divisive Greg Baxter on why he pays reviews no heed and how he’s not sure where he stops and the narrators of his novels begin.

Interview: The Life of Ryan - Ryan Adams Interview

2014-08-14 10:03:00

Though his Hot Press interview unexpectedly commences with an impromptu Twitter Q&A, alt. country star Ryan Adams soon settles down to discuss his medicinal marijuana use, why he’s finally released a self-titled album – and the pros and cons of turning 40.

Interview: Here is The Young Man

2014-08-13 15:31:00

Novelist Rob Doyle discusses drink, drugs and philosophy, and how writing has been his great redemption.

Album: La Roux - Trouble in Paradise

2014-08-08 11:37:00


Album: VARIOUS ARTISTS - Beck Song Reader

2014-07-30 11:38:00

Hit-and-miss airing of slacker icon’s music book

Interview: All White Now - White Lies Interview

2014-07-30 10:32:00

As their world tour winds down, White Lies drummer Jack Lawrence-Brown explains why no TV sets were destroyed by the London band.

Interview: Irvine Welsh Interview: Siamese Dream

2014-07-22 10:30:00

Having shot to international fame with Trainspotting more than two decades ago, Irvine Welsh’s latest novel shifts focus from chemical excess and hedonism in Scotland to the American dieting and fitness industries. The controversial author talks about Filth, Twitter and Scottish independence.

Interview: Kasabian Interview - Their Time Is Nigh

2014-07-17 11:02:00

One of the biggest UK bands of recent years, the all-conquering Kasabian have delivered a career-best album with 48.13. Ahead of their highly anticipated Glastonbury slot, lead singer Tom Meighan sounds off about emulating Oasis’ massive success, drugs, celebrity, parenthood and creative rejuvenation. “It feels like we’re reborn,” he tells Olaf Tyaransen.

Album: Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business

2014-07-14 10:44:00

The master of irony is back

Interview: Magic Sam: Interview With Sam Smith

2014-06-16 11:49:00

At age 22, the soulful voice of Sam Smith is about to go global.

Album: Neil Young – A Letter Home

2014-06-11 13:13:00

Spooky sepia-toned covers album from the Canadian rock legend.

Album: Jack White – Lazaretto

2014-06-11 11:45:00

Stupendous solo outing from the Detroit guitar maestro

Album: Jack White – Lazeretto

2014-06-11 11:45:00

Stupendous solo outing from the Detroit guitar maestro

Interview: Rocstrong Interview – And the Winner is...

2014-05-30 15:21:00

There were thousands of entries. These were whittled down to a shortlist of a symbolic 33. The public cast their votes and it was down to five. They each came in to HP Central to do a session: stinking brilliant they were, each one. And then there was prolonged agonising, debate, the occasional fist fight, and more listening and thinking. Finally, the decision was taken, as it had to be. Ladies and a gentlemen, the Big Break 2014 title goes to… Rocstrong! 

Interview: Wayne Coyne Interview- Wayne's World

2014-05-28 14:26:00

Flaming Lips are one of the most interesting, intelligent and experimental rock groups in recent history. Before their headlining appearance at Forbidden Fruit 2014, lead singer and prime mover Wayne Coyne explains why he loves Miley Cyrus, talks about The Beatles and Lady Gaga – and lacerates recently fired drummer Kliph Scurlock. Oh, and he explains just how out of the world their upcoming Dublin show is going to be...

Interview: Neverending Tori

2014-05-28 10:56:00

The doyen of piano-bashing fem-pop, through the ‘90s Tori Amos blazed a thrillingly righteous trail. Recently turned 50, her new album is, among other things, a rumination on aging and her relationship with her adolescent daughter. She talks about growing older, the pressures on young women today and what she’s learned after nearly three decades in the music industry

Frontlines: Front Lines: Street Writing Man

2014-05-27 14:37:00

Broadcaster John Kelly takes time out from the day-job with the publication of his third novel, set in a smoggy future Dublin. He talks about his unhappy experiences with major publishing houses and why he’s much happier signed to an ‘indie’.

Album: Printer Clips-Printer Clips

2014-05-26 17:42:00

Album of duets by Bell X1 man is a downbeat tonic

Album: Paul Byrne-Cruel & Tender Ways

2014-05-26 16:02:00


Frontlines: A Fair Cop

2014-05-20 10:56:00

In Hot Press 38-07, we published details of the Global Drugs Survey – and what the answers tell us about Illegal Drug Consumption in Ireland. On over the next few weeks, we’ll continue to bring you extended coverage and data from the Survey, as an essential companion piece to the main articles in Hot Press.

Album: Paul Byrne - Cruel & Tender Ways

2014-05-02 09:43:00

Rock solid collection from In Tua Nua vet

Interview: The Hot Press Cover Story: Damon Albarn

2014-04-30 12:17:00

The world sat up and listened when sometime Blur frontman Damon Albarn revealed that he had taken heroin as a creative boost. In an exclusive interview he talks about chemical inspiration, his growing spirituality and how he and Noel Gallagher came to bury the hatchet - and not in each other.

Interview: The drugs don't work: Interview with Tony O'Neill

2014-04-29 14:07:00

A veteran of several stints in rehab for heroin and crack addiction, New York-based author and musician Tony O'Neill tells Olaf Tyaransen that he's now clean and sober...ish

Frontlines: Frontlines: The needle & the damage prevented

2014-04-29 13:14:00

One of Ireland's most authoritative voices on the drugs debate, Tim Bingham has worked in the areas of street outreach, needle exchange and the 'Safer Dancing' initiative.

Interview: A fair cop: Interview with Tom Lloyd

2014-04-28 12:22:00

Former UK police chief Tom Lloyd tells Olaf Tyaransen why prohibition and the war on drugs has failed.

Album: The Delines - Colfax

2014-04-25 10:07:00

Sublime effort from supergroup

Frontlines: Frontlines: The dangerous futility of the war on drugs

2014-04-22 11:43:00

Criminologist Paul O'Mahony on the psychology behind the global anti-drugs campaign

Album: Jimi Goodwin - Odludek

2014-04-16 11:34:00

Dove flies high alone

Interview: The Hot Press Cover Story: Paolo Nutini

2014-04-15 12:56:00

With a headline appearance at Electric Picnic just confirmed, hazel-eyed soulboy Paolo Nutini is about to jump back into the pop frontline. He discusses his new album, a troubled contemplation on the meaning of true love, and reveals that, despite rumours to the contrary, he's merrily single.

Interview: What's the story? - Ben Watt talks about his second book

2014-04-15 10:58:00

Musician Ben Watt is best-known as one half of sad-pop duo Everything But The Girl. However, his second book is a moving account of his parents' tumultuous relationship. He talks about his family history and how it's shaped him as an artist.

Report: Inside Track: Emmet Scanlan

2014-04-04 14:30:00

Having relocated to London in 2011, Limerick-born singer-songwriter Emmet Scanlan is re-launching his music career with his band What The Good Thought. He tells Olaf Tyaransen about their new single ‘From The Inside Out’.

Interview: The Hot Press Cover Story: The Riptide Movement

2014-04-02 11:39:00

Through pure hard graft, a flair for working the crowd and some killer tunes, The Riptide Movement have risen from their roots as Grafton Street buskers to conquer territories as far afield as Russia and India. With a third album on the way, the 'Tide seems unstoppable right now. Olaf Tyaransen infiltrates the Movement for a pint and a chat...

Interview: Ghost Stories: Interview with John Grant

2014-04-01 11:46:00

Having grown up gay in a conservative part of America, John Grant struggled with his sexuality and lost himself in a blizzard of drugs and booze. No sooner had his music career taken off, however, than he discovered a one night stand had left him HIV positive. He talks about pain, faith, redemption and Sinéad O’Connor’s part in his success

Interview: Black On Blonde: Hot Press meets John Banville

2014-03-28 17:22:00

By day he is Ireland's preeminent man of letters. By night, however, John Banville dons a figurative fedora and becomes writer Benjamin Black. It's in the latter guise he tackles one of the great characters of detective fiction, Philip Marlowe, in new novel The Black-Eyed Blonde

Album: Simone Felice - Strangers

2014-03-19 17:47:00

Brush with death leads to sublime songs

Interview: The Hot Press Cover Story: Elbow

2014-03-19 15:38:00

Middle age comes to us all, even Mercury-winning anthemic rockrs Elbow. As their 40's loom, the group have recorded their most contemplative album yet, The Take Off And Landing Of Everything - a record mired in real world upheavals and a sudden sense of their own morality, singer Guy Garvey exclusively reveals.

Interview: Belfast Boy: Hot Press meets Glenn Patterson

2014-03-18 14:11:00

The ‘prose laureate’ of the North, Glenn Patterson has built a literary career out of his home town of Belfast. He explains how his latest novel was inspired by the Seven Up documentary series which followed ordinary families through childhood and beyond.

Interview: TV Highlight of the Fortnight: The Walshes

2014-03-12 13:42:00

The Irish sitcom doesn't have an especially distinguished history, but a new Dublin-set collaboration between Father Ted creator Graham Linehan and skit troupe Diet Of Worms could be set to change all that. Just don't call The Walshes this year's Mrs Brown's Boys. Seriously, don't.

Comedy: Mark his words: Hot Press meets Mark Thomas

2014-03-05 14:37:00

Topical comedian Mark Thomas' new show chronicles his adventures in political dissent - including a flash mob invasion of an Apple store that served as an attack on Irish tax policy

Album: Nina Persson - Animal Heart

2014-03-04 16:35:00

Cardigans singer delivers fascinating solo record

Interview: Free Willy: Hot Press Interview with Willy Vlautin

2014-03-04 10:42:00

Reno musician and author Willy Vlautin talks to Olaf Tyaransen about the humanity at the heart of his fourth novel

Frontlines: Prostitution: Whose Life Is It Anyway?

2014-02-27 16:39:00

Ex-Prostitute Niki Adams cautions against ‘the Swedish Model’ and raises concerns about the role of the religiously-motivated, State-funded Irish pressure group ‘Ruhama’.

Interview: The Story of Damo: Hot Press meets Damien Dempsey

2014-02-27 12:58:00

Spiritual offspring of Bob Marley and James Connolly, Damien Dempsey's fanbase includes Morrissey, Glen Hansard and Bruce Springsteen. As his first 'Best Of' Collection drops, the Donaghmede troubadour talks about popping up in Moz's Autobiography, hanging with Bruce and his struggles with writer's block

Interview: Info the Kill: Hot Press meets Maxïmo Park

2014-02-20 13:49:00

Maxïmo Park’s new album, Too Much Information, finds them spreading their musical wings and being honoured with their own beer. Scott Walker, Morrissey and hip American authors are also on the agenda as erudite lead singer Paul Smith meets our man Olaf Tyaransen.

Interview: Independent Woman: Hot Press meets Sam Mumba

2014-02-19 10:11:00

Having sold over four million copies of her debut album, Samantha Mumba’s pop career spectacularly imploded. The ex-Louis Walsh charge is now mistress of her own destiny and making a comeback record in LA with R ‘n’ B royalty.

Interview: Feeding Frenzy: Hot Press meets Natalie Young

2014-02-18 11:17:00

Working through a divorce, Natalie Young penned her blackly comic second novel – about a wife who kills and eats her husband of 30 years.

Album: Tinariwen - Emmaar

2014-02-11 14:42:00

Malian legends spread their musical wings

Album: Sheryl Crow - Feels Like Home

2014-02-11 11:32:00

Mor rocker goes country

Interview: Hot Press meets Sisters

2014-01-31 10:51:00

How a Limerick trio transplanted to London have revitalised grunge and charmed the UK music-press

Album: James Vincent McMorrow - Post Tropical

2014-01-23 17:51:00

Early 'Album of the Year' contender from Irish maverick

Album: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Live From KCRW

2013-12-19 13:22:00

Decent live record from godfather of goth

Frontlines: Seamus Sheridan: Painting The Town Green

2013-12-16 15:29:00

One of the brothers behind Sheridan’s Cheesemongers, and a successful restauranter, Seamus Sheridan will soon be running for election

Album: Vickers Vimy - Vol 1: That Vinyl Scratch

2013-12-11 11:19:00

Mellow album of love & heartbreak from Galway outfit

Interview: Hot Press in conversation with Ultan Conlon

2013-12-11 10:35:00

Olaf Tyaransen sits down with the Galway singer/songwriter following the release of new album Songs of Love So Cruel...

Album: Jake Bugg - Shangri La

2013-12-05 10:56:00

Decent second outing from indie wunder-kind

Interview: Hot Press meets Jake Clemons

2013-11-25 16:22:00

Jake Clemons followed in his late uncle Clarence Clemons’ footsteps when he joined Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. But he’s a hugely talented artist in his own right, as Irish audiences will shortly discover.

Interview: Interview with Alastair Campbell

2013-11-20 11:14:00

As Media Advisor to Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell was one of the key figures in British political life for over a decade. He is also a writer, a flimmaker, a public speaker, a controversialist – and a self declared alcoholic.

Interview: Rebel Without a Pause

2013-11-07 11:10:00

The enfant terrible of Irish journalism and self-appointed thorn in the side of the establishment, professional controversialist Eamon Dunphy chronicles his highs, lows and everything in between in a rollicking new autobiography. He talks about his reputation as a hell-raiser, his friendship with George Best and how his controversial attacks on Jack Charlton almost drove him over the edge.

Interview: This Disarming Man

2013-01-18 14:51:00

He’s been there and done that. Prior to inheriting Ryan Tubridy’s morning slot on RTE, John Murray covered the World Cup for a Hong Kong newspaper, was Mary Harney’s personal Malcolm Tucker and grilled politicians on Morning Ireland. In his first major interview since taking over the Radio One hotseat he reflects on a long, strange career and recounts his battle with ill health and panic attacks.

Interview: Millar On The Loose

2013-11-01 11:27:00

The perpetual nearly-man of the singer-songwriter scene, in middle-age Sean Millar has made peace with his peripathetic status – and recorded perhaps his best record in the process.

Frontlines: Smoke Without Fire

2013-10-31 11:26:00

A new book argues that the War On Drugs, as it pertains to cannabis, is doomed to failure and diverts resources that could be put to better use fighting crime. Author Doug Fine explains why we need to call time on this expensive folly.

Album: Gary Numan - Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)

2013-10-31 10:57:00

Return to depressing form from synth pioneer

Interview: An Outsides Comes In From The Cold

2013-10-25 10:45:00

Stano hasn’t performed before an audience in 20 years. Now Ireland’s leading ‘non-musician’ is returning to live music with a stunning audio-visual tribute to Dublin.

Reports: Their Amy Is True

2012-08-16 11:18:00

A musical comedy set in the west, Songs For Amy is shaping up to be the feelgood Irish hit of the year.

Interview: Talking To Jo Nesbo

2013-10-21 11:42:00

He’s a soccer pro turned millionaire stockbroker turned best-selling crime novelist. In an exclusive interview ‘Nordic noir’ author Jo Nesbo discusses his thrillingly unlikely career.

Album: The Pale - 21 Song Salute

2013-10-21 11:25:00

Nostalgic record from 90s darlings

Album: Tindersticks - Across Six Leap Years

2013-10-17 11:06:00


Album: The Would Be's - Beautiful Mess

2013-10-14 12:10:00


Comedy: Kicking Against The Twists

2013-10-10 10:51:00

Performance poet, stand-up comic, actor, cartoonist, DJ and podcaster Phill Jupitus takes a leisurely stroll with Olaf Tyaransen... and explains why he's never tweeting again

Comedy: School Of 'Ard Knocks

2013-10-04 11:13:00

This fortnight, Ardal O’Hanlon prepares to conquer Dublin…

Album: Doctor Millar - C48

2013-10-02 11:27:00

Bleak, Wonderful Comeback From National Treasure

Frontlines: "That Night It Became Crystal Clear to Me That Something Had to be Done About The Irish Cannabis Laws"

2013-10-01 14:53:00

Heavy-handed policing convinced Ming Flanagan that Ireland’s antediluvian drug laws had to change.A decade and a half later Flanagan, now an elected TD, is attempting to pass a bill that will see the country’s prohibited substance policies finally join the 21st century. Will the deputies who have admitted smoking cannabis to Hot Press vote in favour?

Interview: Arthur's Day: See Emeli Play

2013-09-18 00:00:00

In a remarkably short space of time, Emeli Sandé has shot from obscurity to superstardom. Having conquered the UK, the next target is to break America. But first, she is coming to Dublin, to join in the Arthur’s Day celebrations. It’s a gig she is really looking forward to...

Frontlines: The 41st Shade of Green

2013-09-17 00:00:00

The cannabis legalisation movement has reached a critical mass in Ireland, with two independent film-makers about to start work on a documentary about the drug in this country .

Interview: Music Nation: The God Of Small Things

2013-09-10 00:00:00

Having survived a life of rock ‘n’ roll uproar with Blink, Dermot Lambert has now returned with a fine solo album, Tiny.

Album: Peter Gabriel 'And I'll Scratch Yours'

2013-09-09 00:00:00

Curious Covers Affair Features Several Intriguing Interpretations

Interview: Too Much Monkey Business

2013-09-06 00:00:00

They graced the Olympics opening ceremony in style and stormed Glastonbury. Now Arctic Monkeys new album AM is getting rave reviews. But the hard work is making Alex Turner just a... little... bit... tiiiiredddd. World domination beckons – but can Alex afford to keep missing his beauty sleep?

Album: The Strypes 'Snapshot'

2013-09-06 00:00:00

Young Irish Rockers Arrive In Style

Frontlines: Straight Talkin' Man

2013-09-06 00:00:00

The new president of the Union of Students in Ireland, Joe O’Connor, explains why working part-time simply isn’t an option for many of his members, and rejects the perception that the organisation is essentially toothless...

Interview: Hot Press Meets Oisin Quinn

2013-08-28 00:00:00

The new Lord Mayor of Dublin is Oisín Quinn of Labour. A nephew of the Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn, he has ambitious plans for his year in office. But first, he takes Hot Press on a roller-coaster ride through his life and times – and debates Labour’s record in Government...

Interview: Electric Picnic Preview: Arctic Monkeys

2013-08-23 00:00:00

They weren’t half-bad when they started, but over the past couple of albums Arctic Monkeys have developed into one of the most literate rock ‘n’ roll bands to ever come out of the UK...

Interview: Hot Press Meets Robert Plant

2013-08-23 00:00:00

Robert Plant is one of the great figures in rock history and now he’s back playing some of Led Zeppelin’s most classic tunes. Ahead of Percy’s Electric Picnic appearance, Olaf Tyaransen reflects on his extraordinary career – and a recent close encounter with the great man...

Frontlines: Hot Press meets Steven Bauer

2013-08-21 00:00:00

He was Al Pacino’s sidekick in Scarface and now he’s appearing on the hottest new drama on US TV. Veteran actor Steven Bauer talks about his latest show, Ray Donovan, and shares some hair raising anecdotes from the Scarface set...

Reports: Hot Press meets Roddy Doyle

2013-08-20 00:00:00

He found fame with The Commitments. Now Roddy Doyle is going back to his roots, with a sequel to the novel just published and a musical adaptation on the way. He talks about his decision to revisit his best loved characters and addresses Louis Walsh’s claim that he is the ‘rudest man in showbiz’...

Album: Joy of Nothing Review

2013-08-19 00:00:00

A powerful healing album from a Northern soulster...

Reports: Hot Press meets Charlie Brooker

2013-08-16 00:00:00

He was the irreverent TV reviewer turned screen-writer and presenter. The enfant terrible of UK critics, Charlie Brooker talks about his poacher turned gamekeeper career and the influence of fatherhood on his writing...

Interview: Hot Press meets Theo Dorgan

2013-08-14 00:00:00

He is the firebrand of the Irish literary scene and yet it is only now, on the threshold of 60, that poet Theo Dorgan has published a novel. He talks about his adventures in writing, his class-suffused clash with George Hook – and why sometimes the drugs really don’t work...

Album: Tired Pony: The Ghosts Of The Mountain

2013-08-12 00:00:00

Spirited second outing from Gary Lightbody’s other band...

Frontlines: Hitman Of The Moment

2013-08-07 00:00:00

U2’s longtime producer Steve Lillywhite talks about his new reality show for RTÉ, The Hit, why some of Bono and co’s best moments were the simplest and why he finds Dublin wet and dull...

Album: A Band Called Wanda

2013-07-30 00:00:00

Impressive second album from Michael Eavis-endorsed Galway outfit...

Frontlines: Daydream Believer

2013-07-25 00:00:00

In an exclusive interview Entourage star Kevin Dillon talks about the challenges of acting, plans for a movie version of the cult series and playing a Door for Oliver Stone...

Album: Robin Thicke, Blurred Lines

2013-07-23 00:00:00

Rude but worthy album from American-Canadian singer...

Interview: Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run...

2013-07-16 00:00:00

“What a normal, straight ahead, fuckin’ legend of a dude! Forget about a genuine rock star, he’s also one of the most genuine human beings I’ve ever met."...

Interview: Glen Hansard on Bruce Springsteen

2013-07-12 00:00:00

It’ll be a dream come true on July 27 for Glen Hansard as he gets to open for one of his heroes, Bruce Springsteen, who in recent years has also become a close musical confidante. From a hotel room in North Carolina, he tells Olaf Tyaransen what makes The Boss so special...

Interview: Hot Press Meets Brandon Flowers

2013-07-02 00:00:00

The Killers are on their way to Ireland. Which just happens to be their most successful territory in the world. On the countdown to their Phoenix Park date, in a rare interview, lead singer Brandon Flowers reveals his fear of flying, describes how mobile phones have tipped us into a nightmare world - and recalls his hostile TV encounter with athiest scientist, Richard Dawkins...

Interview: Hot Press Meets Irvine Welsh

2013-06-27 00:00:00

The UK’s publishing elite may look down on him but Irvine Welsh is that rarest of writers – a literary author who sells books by the shedload. He reflects on the success of Skagboys and on the death of Margaret Thatcher, the secret inspiration for his work...

Album: Candice Gordon: Before The Sunset Ends

2013-06-26 00:00:00

A major new Irish talent emerges...

Album: Eamonn Dowd: Things Aren’t The Way They Used To Be

2013-06-26 00:00:00

Old school rocker keeps it fresh...

Album: The Duckworth Lewis Method: Sticky Wickets

2013-06-21 00:00:00

Triumphant second outing from cricket-tinged duo...

Interview: Hot Press Meets Colum McCann

2013-06-19 00:00:00

TransAtlantic, the latest novel from multi-award winning author Colum McCann, explores Ireland’s historical ties with the US. Here, he talks about the book’s intriguing research – which involved taking a flying lesson and meeting Tony Blair – and also discusses the use of Let The Great World Spin to help survivors of the Sandy Hook tragedy...

Interview: Hot Press Meets Nick Cave

2013-06-18 00:00:00

Nick Cave has led an extraordinary life, not always in a good way. But he is now more focused than ever on being a writer – and producing great art. With the release of his new record, and an appearance at Body & Soul on the way, he seems happier than ever before too. You have to ask: is that allowed of a one-time tortured artist?...

Album: Album Review: Bell X1 Chop Chop

2013-06-11 00:00:00

Irish art rocker's back to basics approach yields powerful results...

Interview: Hot Press meets The Chapters

2013-06-07 00:00:00

Signed to a commercially-oriented label The Chapters felt their debut album was a compromise too far. Second time out, they’ve shed some members and are making music for themselves rather than anyone else.

Interview: Interview: Brian Hayes

2013-06-05 00:00:00

He started out as a young man in a hurry. Fifteen years since he last spoke to Hot Press, Brian Hayes is now a seasoned Fine Gael member of cabinet. In a frank interview he takes a pot-shot at the Dail’s independent TDs, branding them good-for-nothing poseurs. He also defends the Government’s role in the Mayo pipeline controversy and explains why he participated in the doomed heave against Enda Kenny

Album: Natalie Maines: Mother

2013-06-05 00:00:00

A fiddle-free zone from Dixie chicks frontwoman

Album: The Chapters: Blood Feels Warm

2013-05-28 00:00:00

Peerless Americana from Liffeyside outfit...

Comedy: Hoot Press: Kevin McAleer

2013-05-27 00:00:00

His deadpan humour has a definite Marmite quality, but Tyrone surrealist Kevin McAleer wouldn’t have it any other way...

Interview: Hot Press meets Laura Marling

2013-05-22 00:00:00

She's the folkie who broke the heart of Noah and the Whale's Charlie Fink and then dated a Mumford and Son. Laura Marling discusses her move to LA, the degree to which her songs are personal and the challenge of being an introvert in a business full of larger-than-life personalities...

Interview: The Time Traveler’s Wife author Audrey Niffenegger

2013-05-17 00:00:00

She became a publishing sensation with The Time Traveler’s Wife but Audrey Niffenegger has never seen the movie adaptation. She discusses overnight fame, her background in art and her part time gig as a London tour guide...

Album: The National: Trouble Will Find Me

2013-05-09 00:00:00

Powerful return from sleep deprived stadium alt. rockers...

Interview: Cover Story: Josh Ritter

2013-05-07 00:00:00

When his marriage ended suddenly, Josh Ritter lost his way. He started drinking and wandering the streets. The only way to arrest the downward spiral was to pour his pain into his songs. The result is his most torrid album to date. He talks about the genesis of The Beast In Its Tracks and how he managed to banish the despair and build a new life...

Interview: Hot Press meets Jared Leto from 30 Seconds To Mars

2013-05-07 00:00:00

He made his reputation as a movie hearthrob. But Jared Leto has arguably turned his back on Hollywood to devote himself to his stadium emo group Thirty Seconds To Mars. He talks about the challenge of balancing music and acting and the decision to literally launch the band’s new single in outer space...

Reports: Galway Stories

2013-05-03 00:00:00

Galway Stories is an anthology set in Galway city and county, by writers who live, or have lived, there. The collection, edited by Lisa Frank and published by Doire Press, includes the work of such established writers as Kevin Barry, Mike McCormack, Celeste Auge, Julian Gough and Conor Montague. Also featured is Don't You Know Who I Am?

Album: Little Green Cars: Absolute Zero

2013-05-02 00:00:00

Dublin’s answer to Mumford & Sons arrive in style.

Interview: Hot Press meets Jaron Lanier

2013-05-02 00:00:00

He coined the term ‘virtual reality’ and once played a support gig for Bob Dylan. In his new book, digital oracle Jaron Lanier explains why the online revolution has only benefited a select few and what the rest of us can do to change that.

Interview: Hot Press meets Adam Ant

2013-05-01 00:00:00

He was a post-punk icon and New Romantic pin-up. Then came a long descent into mental illness. But now Adam Ant is back and ready to bring Antmania to a whole new generation...

Interview: The Hot Press interview with Danielle Meagher

2013-04-24 00:00:00

She's the 'celebrity' dentist turned botox magnate who rose to fame through the reality show Dublin Wives. But Danielle Meagher insists she has no interest in being a household face and is the last person you will see at a high-profile social event. She discusses her spat with fellow 'Dublin Wife' Virginia Macarai, her soft spot for French rugby players – and her plans for breaking into international TV...

Album: Bressie: Rage & Romance

2013-04-02 00:00:00

Bressie takes it up a notch with second solo outing...

Interview: Hot Press meets Reginald D. Hunter

2013-04-02 00:00:00

He’s the American comedian Irish and British audiences have embraced as one of their own. Reginald D Hunter discusses Ireland’s Commitments obsession, why stand-ups struggle with relationships and the unpleasant truth about the US and gun control...

Album: Depeche Mode: Delta Machine

2013-03-28 00:00:00

Synth warriors get their delta blues on..

Interview: Laura Agustín: The Naked Truth About Trafficking

2013-03-27 00:00:00

Sex rights worker Laura Agustín has dared say the unsayable: that prostitution is a rational career choice by millions of women the world over. She explains why claims that women are being ‘trafficked’ against their will are wildly overstated and speaks of her fears that she may encounter violent opposition when she speaks in Dublin shortly ... photo: Orlando G. Boström

Album: Hurts: Exile

2013-03-21 00:00:00

Over-cooked return from synth poppers...

Album: Billy Bragg: Tooth And Nail

2013-03-19 00:00:00

Protest singer is IN surprisingly mellow MOOD...

Album: Various: Sons Of Rogues Gallery

2013-03-12 00:00:00

Iggy, Keef, Shane & Tom Waits get their pirate on...

Interview: Hot Press meets Kelly Jones from Stereophonics

2013-03-12 00:00:00

Back from a mysterious hiatus Stereophonics’ Kelly Jones explains how he almost became a judge on The Voice UK, the band’s decision to take a few years off and his unlikely foray into film-making...

Interview: Hot Press meets Johnny Marr

2013-03-11 00:00:00

He’s rightly chuffed about his cracking new solo album but, a quarter of a century after The Smiths’ break-up, Johnny Marr remains testy about those never-ending reunion rumours...

Interview: Hot Press meets Mike Rosenberg - aka Passenger

2013-03-01 00:00:00

Sick of playing two-men-and-a-dog open mic nights, Passenger’s Mike Rosenberg was about to jack in his music career. Then he swapped Brighton for Australia, started busking and became a sensation.

Album: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Push The Sky Away

2013-02-18 00:00:00

Goth godfather in reflective mood on cracking new record...

Interview: Portrait of the Artist

2013-02-05 00:00:00

Former Virgin Prune Guggi has become one of Ireland’s most in-demand artists. On the eve of a major new exhibition he discusses his battle against shyness, his friendship with Bono and the sacrifices he’s had to make...

Frontlines: Sonic For The Troops

2013-02-01 00:00:00

It’s the little European festival with the big, big heart. Over the years Eurosonic has also proved an important testing ground for such up and coming Irish talent as Villagers, Cathy Davey and, this year, newcomers Kodaline and Little Green Car

Interview: The Big Reads of 2013

2013-01-24 00:00:00

Olaf Tyaransen previews some of the most interesting tomes hitting shelves this year...

Album: Album review: Villagers {Awayland}

2013-01-22 00:00:00

As artful, poetic, inventive and thought-provoking an album as we’re likely to hear in 2013...

News: Terry O'Neill talks about his exhibition

2013-01-21 00:00:00

The rock photographer chats to Olaf Tyaransen about the expo, starting this week in Cork...

Interview: Julie, madly deeply

2013-01-09 00:00:00

She was the winner of the first Choice Music prize and has been wildly feted on both sides of the Atlantic. But Julie Feeney sees her career as still a work in progress.

Album: Björk - Bastards

2012-12-20 00:00:00

Icelandic elf-lady scores best - and weirdest - remix project yet...

Interview: Strum as you are

2012-11-13 00:00:00

An unsung hero of the singer-songwriter scene, with his latest album Adrian Crowley might finally be on the verge of mainstream success. He talks about his late start in music, a foray into composing for cinema and the pain and joy of life as a jobbing musician.

Interview: The Evil That Irish Men Did

2012-11-02 00:00:00

Down the centuries Ireland has produced its share of scoundrels and blackguards. In a new book Joe O’Shea delves into the dark world of Irish villains.

Interview: Goin' Underground

2012-11-01 00:00:00

The JD Set is a well-established part of the music calendar. This year there was a difference as the bands taking part visited a rudely-named cave to knock out a racket. Olaf Tyaransen caught up with headliners The Vaccines...

Album: I Am Not The Crow

2012-11-01 00:00:00

Limerick band grow up in style...

Interview: Neurotic for the people

2012-10-25 00:00:00

They were the great lost band of Irish post-punk. Now, after years in the wilderness, Paranoid Visions are back, with typically uncompromising things to say about the state of Modern Ireland...

Frontlines: Michelin Man

2012-10-19 00:00:00

“Man, it’s just been really crazy!” Aniar restaurant’s Enda McEvoy looks proud and happy, but also slightly shell-shocked. It’s not simply that he married the mother of his two toddlers last month. Within a fortnight of his nuptials, the small but perfectly formed eaterie of which he’s head chef was awarded Galway’s first-ever Michelin star in the 2013 edition of food bible The Michelin Guide...

Interview: Under The Spotlight

2012-10-05 00:00:00

As director of The Abbey Theatre, Fiach Mac Conghail is one of the most powerful people in the arts in Ireland. In a rare interview he talks about the role of theatre at a time when the economy is in free-fall, his relationship with expenses-happy former arts minister John O'Donoghue and the financial chaos at the national theatre when he took over.

Album: The Haunted Man

2012-10-04 00:00:00

Scarily good third album from thinking person’s Florence Welch...

Interview: Look Back On Anger

2012-10-03 00:00:00

Twenty years ago, on October 3 1992, Sinead O’Connor ripped up a picture of the Pope on the iconic US television show Saturday Night Live. It was a moment that would change her career – and her life.

Album: Damien Dempsey: Almighty Love

2012-10-02 00:00:00

First original collection in four years worth the wait

Interview: Lost And Found

2012-10-01 00:00:00

Irish duo The Lost Brothers have found the time to make their darkest record yet, in between paying homage to Roy Orbison and getting on brilliantly with one another.

Interview: Ave Maria

2012-09-13 00:00:00

Having just released her fifth album, the stunning Sing, Maria Doyle Kennedy chills out and reflects on where it all went right.

Album: I See Three Birds Flying

2012-09-10 00:00:00

New album from one of this country’s most unique and distinctive musical artists...

Album: James Yorkston: I Was A Cat From A Book

2012-09-04 00:00:00

First record in four years from Scottish troubadour worth the wait

Frontlines: Be Very Brave And Very Bold

2012-08-29 00:00:00

Performance artist Emily Aoibheann is planning a radical new show, entitled Constellations, which will be part of the ABSOLUT Fringe in September. Here she offers a unique insight into the creative process…

Interview: You Dexy Things

2012-08-28 00:00:00

As the awkward squad previously known as Dexys Midnight Runners stage a dramatic return, Kevin Rowland talks about his reputation for perfectionism, putting the band back together and why he doesn’t regret appearing on an album sleeve in women’s underwear.

Interview: Love Me Tinder

2012-08-28 00:00:00

A rare example of a comeback not to be ashamed of, Tindersticks have proved that sometimes you can go back to the well. Frontman Stuart Staples talks about conjuring something from nothing and his new-found joy of playing festivals.

Frontlines: More Phwooar To Her Elbow

2012-08-23 00:00:00

A frequently steamy tale of college shenanigans, Emily Gillmor Murphy’s debut novel You & I is a proper thrill-ride. But, she insists, her own student days weren’t nearly as outrageous.

Interview: Excess all areas

2012-08-02 00:00:00

They were one of the most influential bands of the past 30 years but the Pogues’ reputation for boozy bad behaviour has obscured their legacy. Accordion player James Fearnley offers a clear-eyed account of the trad-punks’ glory days in his startling new memoir.

Interview: Fisherman’s Views

2012-07-05 00:00:00

Waterboy-in-chief Mike Scott has been there, done that and written a song about it. Now he’s chronicled it all in a funny, moving memoir. The biggest revelation? Being a raggle-taggle pin-up doesn’t attract many groupies

Album: Following Sea

2012-07-03 00:00:00

Sprawling return from Belgian cult rockers

Interview: The Mayor Necessities

2012-06-27 00:00:00

Andrew Montague is coming to the end of his one-year term as Lord Mayor of Dublin. In a refreshingly candid interview, the Labour councillor talks about God, love, addiction, the Dublin Bike scheme which he initiated – and why we should have an elected Lord Mayor for the city.

Album: One Day I’m Going To Soar

2012-06-15 00:00:00

Fascinating comeback from ‘80s icons

Interview: Born Snippy

2012-06-08 00:00:00

With what may well be their best album yet about to drop, Scissor Sisters’ frontman Jake Shears talks about the challenges of staying sexy as you get older, the attentions of obsessive fans and why he knew he’d made it in music when two murderers were named after his band.

Interview: The Needle That Men Do

2012-05-30 00:00:00

With Trainspotting, he made underclass drug culture fascinating. Now Irvine Welsh has written a prequel to his bestseller, which also doubles as a rumination on how the soaraway capitalism of the ’80s may well have knackered society for a generation. He talks about being the bete-noir of the chattering classes, international popularity and saving Iggy Pop’s career.

Interview: Joint Enterprise

2012-05-30 00:00:00

John Sinclair was manager of legendary political rockers MC5. Then, in 1969, he was imprisoned for drugs offences, becoming a cause celebre for John Lennon and Allen Ginsberg, amongst others. Now, he is coming to Ireland to tour, alongside fellow outlaw, Howard Marks

Interview: Listen to the lions

2012-05-18 00:00:00

In 1982, a band emerged on Dublin’s northside that would go on to write some of the biggest songs in the Irish rock canon. Still going strong thirty years on, Aslan are about to embark on their busiest period ever. As they ready themselves for the fray, the iconic Dublin rockers tell their remarkable story.

Interview: Better off Greg

2012-05-18 00:00:00

His first book was a scandalous tell-all chronicling his stint as a Dublin medical journalist (albeit with the odd conflation). For the follow-up, Irish-based Texan Greg Baxter has served up a haunting rumination on American foreign policy, as told through the eyes of an ex-marine unmoored in Eastern Europe.

Interview: The Long And the Short Of It

2012-04-18 00:00:00

The Mayor of Limerick, Jim Long, has been embroiled in a number of controversies recently. So who is he? What does he represent? And is he really a racist, as his accusers claim?

Album: The Time The Hour

2012-04-12 00:00:00

critics’ darlings shrug off writer’s block for long-awaited return

Interview: Are You Right There, Michael?

2012-04-04 00:00:00

He’s best known for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s seminal Reservoir Dogs, but 54-year-old cult actor Michael Madsen is a complicated and controversial character. In the news last week following an incident which saw him being charged with child cruelty, the actor, writer and poet talks about his chequered past, movies, doing that infamous scene in Reservoir Dogs – but most of all about the importance of family.

Album: Wallis Bird

2012-03-27 00:00:00


Interview: Travelling Light

2012-03-21 00:00:00

She was the face of No Frontiers for a decade but when that show ended Kathryn Thomas had to reinvent herself. So she put away her rucksack and took a job presenting Winning Streak. Then Gerry Ryan passed away and she found herself stepping into his shoes on Operation Transformation. In a revealing interview she discusses her ‘rivalry’ with Grainne Seoige over hosting The Voice, losing her virginity at 17 – and why RTE needed to stop paying its stars so much.

Interview: Mortars Of Invention

2012-03-20 00:00:00

When dreams of breaking the UK didn’t pan out The Walls decided to break all the rules and do things their own way. The former Stunning men have followed the same unconventional path ever since.

Interview: In The Palms Of His Hands

2012-02-16 00:00:00

You may not recognise the face but Paul Butler is a rock star twice over. As a member of Neuro and ID he’s seen it all – tours with Phil Lynott, wild nights out with INXS, to say nothing of hit records and torrid spells in the wilderness. After packing several life-times into a few decades, he’s now at the helm of a new band Propeller Palms. In his first major interview in nearly 20 years the Waterford veteran talks about his roller-coaster career, and its attendant triumphs and heartaches.

Interview: L.A. Confidential

2012-02-08 00:00:00

With the unpleasant tabloid scrutiny she’s been under recently, it’s easy to forget that Sinéad O’Connor is one of Ireland’s most powerful creative musical forces. Her soon-to-be-released new album, How About I Be Me (And You Be You?), already has critics purring with delight. When Sinéad travelled to the City of Angels to perform at a pre-Golden Globe event, Olaf Tyaransen went with her to report on the latest chapter in her remarkable life.

Interview: The Empire Strikes Back

2012-01-04 00:00:00

When Gary Lightbody came down with writer’s block he wondered if he had another album in him. Then Michael Stipe popped around for a pep talk and he never looked back. The result? A return-to-form record from Snow Patrol that channels LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire whilst always sounding like the work of a bunch of lovable indie underdogs who somehow conquered the world.

Interview: The Bishop And The Bond

2011-12-14 00:00:00

Channelling the grief he has experienced over the long illness and death of his father into comedy helped Des Bishop cope with the loss of a loved one. Now he has written movingly about his dad, a New Yorker who turned his back on showbusiness – having auditioned for the role of James Bond – to support his family. But alongside the affection there is also a deep ambivalence to be found in his memoir.

Interview: Welcome To Bandit Country

2011-12-09 00:00:00

They’re the comedy rap duo who have lit a fire under Irish music, brought the zeitgeist to Limerick and proved that it is possible to be funny, groovy and a little bit scary at the same time. Twelve months since 'Horse Outside', The Rubberbandits are STILL the plastic-bag bemasked twosome on everybody’s lips. Accompanying their exclusive seasonal photoshoot with Hot Press, they talk Christmas number ones, being shadowed by journalists and stuffing a flann under Dolores O’Riordan’s door...

Interview: Sex & The Single Girl

2011-12-05 00:00:00

With a date at the Olympia Theatre looming in December, and a much anticipated album on the way in the new year, these are crucial times for Sinéad O’Connor. In a remarkable interview, she also discusses her search for a man, the lovers she has known, sex, sex – and more sex. Plus: Ireland of the squinting windows and the Catholic Church...

Interview: He Talked The Line

2011-11-30 00:00:00

To some, Liveline presenter Joe Duffy is the nation's unofficial agony uncle, a voice for the disaffected and downtrodden. But the programme’s ‘open mic’ policy has landed it in controversial waters on more than one occasion. As his extremely personal autobiography is published, the host of RTÉ Radio’s No.2 programme accuses Trinity College of elitism, talks about the crusade against head shops, discusses his brother’s addiction and hits out at David McSavage's send-up of Liveline.

Reports: Stand By Your Plan

2011-11-23 00:00:00

Olaf Tyaransen hooks up with Plan B, Warpaint and Chicagoan rap sensation K-Flay at a special Tennessee howdown to celebrate the birthday of a certain Mr. Jack Daniel.

Album: Fallen Empires

2011-11-17 00:00:00

A near masterpiece from Irish arena rockers.

Interview: About A Boy

2011-11-16 00:00:00

He was the cheeky chappy in Boyzone, the cheery one with the boy next door personality. Then the band broke up and he didn’t know what to do with his life. So Keith Duffy did what nobody expected: he became a well-regarded actor and soap star. As he prepares to make his debut with the acclaimed Druid Theatre company, he speaks frankly about his quest for meaning in life, the controversial break-up of Boyzone in 2000, their successful reunion and Stephen Gately’s tragic death.

Interview: A Thriller In Our Midst

2011-10-28 00:00:00

What happens after your opinion-dividing indie band fades away and you find yourself back where you started? For Thrills’ sticksman Ben Carrigan the answer is clear: you reinvent yourself as a sensitive songwriter with aspirations to write for the screen.

Interview: We Need To Talk About Martin

2011-10-21 00:00:00

His entry into the Presidential race came as a bombshell, throwing many political commentators, as well as the Fine Gael party, into a tailspin. It has also been the catalyst to a surge in support in the opinion polls for Sinn Féin. So who is Martin McGuinness? What is he like as a man? And can a self-confessed former IRA leader convince the Irish peope that he has what it takes to be the President?

Interview: The Candidate

2011-10-19 00:00:00

It has been the most dramatic Presidential election ever, with seven candidates finally lining up to go before the electorate. Among them is former Minister for the Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht Michael D Higgins. So who is the man about whom The Sawdoctors wrote ‘Michael D Rockin In The Dail’? And if he does find favour with the electorate, what kind of presidency can we expect from him?

Interview: She Moves In Mysterious Ways

2011-10-19 00:00:00

At just 30 years of age, Lisa Hannigan has gone from being Damien Rice’s sidekick to establishing herself as one of the most important new artists in contemporary Irish music. With the release of her second album, Passenger, she is set to take the world by storm. But behind the natural beauty is a remarkable woman who is beginning to reveal the depth of her mysteries…

Interview: The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Writer

2011-10-17 00:00:00

He is the singer and songwriter with one of America’s most highly rated cult bands. He is also one of the most acclaimed US novelists to have emerged in recent times. But it would be hard to find anyone less driven by ego or a desire for celebrity than Willy Vlautin, frontman with Richmond Fontaine. In fact what he hankers after is the opportunity to slip off into the woods alone – and write.

Interview: Hellhound On His Trail

2011-10-03 00:00:00

One of Britain’s leading music journalists Charles Shaar Murray has taken the plunge into fiction. He talks about the challenge of moving from critic to novelist with his explosive debut The Hellhound Sample.

Album: Extra Playful

2011-10-03 00:00:00

Velvet Underground Man Reminds Us He Hasn’t Gone Away

Album: The Greatest Narrators

2011-10-03 00:00:00

Thrills Drummer Goes Solo

Album: Passenger

2011-09-26 00:00:00

Softly does it on album number two from county Meath songbird.

Interview: A Tale Of Two Foodies

2011-09-16 00:00:00

The word on the street is that RTÉ has a major hit on its hands with the new cookery competition show, MasterChef Ireland. It features two of the country's leading restauranteurs – the fiery Dylan McGrath of Rustic Stone and the genial Nick Munier of Pichet – who adjudicate on the efforts of 16 aspiring culinary stars. It’s a series in which the sparks are guaranteed to fly – and on occasion the tears to flow.

Album: The High Country

2011-09-14 00:00:00

Hugely ambitious, hugely rewarding epic gothic love story.

Interview: Whip it up and start again

2011-09-08 00:00:00

They blew Smashing Pumpkins off-stage and, with a little luck, could have been as big as U2. Now the great lost band of 90s indie rock Whipping Boy are on the reunion trail. From his new home in the depths of Leitrim, frontman Fearghal McKee talks about the group's colourful past and their future ambitions.

Interview: Hail hail wash and roll

2011-08-25 00:00:00

Thomas Walsh was the underappreciated genius of Irish rock until his Duckworth Lewis Method hook-up with Neil Hannon put him on the map. One Ivor Novello nomination later, his band Pugwash are signed to a major and he’s receiving fan mail from ELO’s Jeff Lynne. As he gears up for his date at the inaugural Homegrown festival at INEC Killarney, the songwriting wizard talks to Olaf Tyaransen.

Album: 100 Acres Of Sycamore

2011-07-29 00:00:00

Bray wanderer returns to top form

Interview: Rhesus To Be Cheerful

2011-07-25 00:00:00

Now we’ve got the obligatory primate pun out of the way, it’s time for an exclusive chat with Arctic Monkeys. Installed in a super-trendy London club, frontman Alex Turner and his bandmates discuss the media spotlight, an unlikely friendship with P. Diddy and why, despite their jet-setter lifestyles, these humble Yorkshiremen are just homebirds at heart. Words: Olaf Tyaransen

Album: Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark

2011-07-15 00:00:00

U2 hit broadway – with average results

Album: Drums Between The Bells

2011-07-13 00:00:00

Poetry is the new ambient.

Album: Small Mercies

2011-06-29 00:00:00

Dublin songwriter chronicles the great unravelling of the economy

Interview: A wee gem

2011-06-29 00:00:00

Despite a series of major label knockbacks, Gemma Hayes has not only survived but established herself as one of the country’s most individual talents. She talks to Olaf Tyaransen about her new album, Let It Break, falling in love, courting Hollywood – and dancing a jig for Ronald Reagan.

Interview: Hi. I'm Tony Fenton

2011-06-29 00:00:00

Tony Fenton is a larger than life figure. One of Ireland’s most experienced and widely liked DJs, he currently occupies the early afternoon slot on Today FM, where he attracts an impressive audience. Behind the mic, he is full of braggadocio – but off-air he is a different character entirely. So what really makes the Northside Dubliner tick?

Interview: The right hook

2011-06-15 00:00:00

Mani's accused him of "stuffing his walllet with Ian Curtis blood money", but Peter Hook is unrepentant about his decision to perform Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures live. Olaf Tyaransen meets the legendary Mancunian as he gears up for two Irish appearances.

Interview: A working class hero is something to be

2011-06-15 00:00:00

Having worked with a host of big names, from The Beatles and Frank Sinatra to O.J. Simpson, Simon Cowell, Jade Goody and, currently, Imogen Thomas, he is one of the best-known PR men in the world, famous for breaking some of the biggest stories in newspaper history – and also for successfully suppressing ones that were ready to dominate the headlines. But behind the high level jousting with the hardened bootboys of the British media (and the decent types too), Max Clifford is a remarkeably straightforward and down to earth working class character, who – as it turns out – loves the life he lives.

Album: Destroyed

2011-06-09 00:00:00

Ambient mood music for insomniacs

Interview: King Of The Castle

2011-06-02 00:00:00

After 30 years of hosting the Slane Castle Festival, the aristocrat of Irish rock’n’roll, Lord Henry Mountcharles, shows no sign of losing his enthusiasm for the fray...

Interview: There Is Absolutely Nothing Fake About This Man

2011-06-02 00:00:00

In a special interview to coincide with the first visit of President Barack Obama to Ireland, Bono talks about the man who is currently occupying the White House...

Interview: In the name of the father

2011-05-17 00:00:00

A party boy whose conquests included Lindsay Lohan and a Girl Aloud, Calum Best seemed to be following the self-destructive example of father George when he became a fixture on the London social scene. Now in his 30s, the former model says he has turned over a new leaf and made peace with the dad who was never there for him. He talks about orgies, prostitutes, cocaine, his acting ambitions and why he’d desperately like to fall in love.

Interview: Friday on my mind

2011-05-12 00:00:00

Gavin Friday is among the most artistically ambitious Irish musicians of the past thirty years. With a superb new album, entitled catholic, under his belt, he talks about the death of his father, the breakup of his marriage, the end of the Prunes, working with Naomi Campbell, Courtney Love and Cillian Murphy – and the making of his finest album yet…

Interview: Rourke this way

2011-05-12 00:00:00

Not very long ago, Declan O’Rourke looked set for the big time. His fanbase included Paul Weller and he’d just signed to a major label. Global success IMMINENT – but things didn’t QUITE work out that way. Now signed to his own label, he talks about his period in the wilderness and explains why his latest album represents a whole new BEGINNING.

Interview: The Daly News

2011-05-04 00:00:00

Socialist Party TD Clare Daly has long been one of the most fiery activists in Irish politics. In a revealing interview, she talks about why she isn’t in favour of the State visits of either the Queen or Barack Obama, the awful state of the Irish prison system, fathers’ rights, her past use of cannabis and why there is a serious case for drugs being legalised. Oh, and also admits to being a Morrissey devotee!

Interview: Welcome To Barrytown

2011-04-28 00:00:00

Kevin Barry’s riotous first novel City of Bohane, following his acclaimed debut collection of short stories, is the product of thousands of hours of honing his craft and an unbridled imagination.

Interview: Looking For Richard

2011-04-20 00:00:00

Newly-elected United Left Alliance TD Richard Boyd Barrett has long been one of the Irish left’s most articulate voices. Now, with public anger at Ireland’s political and economic situation at an all-time high, he’s in Dáil Éireann waging an unrelenting war against cronyist capitalism....

Album: Abandoned Road

2011-04-15 00:00:00

A spooky stab at reviving the concept album

Interview: Sunshine On His Mind

2011-04-14 00:00:00

Veteran house DJ Tommie Sunshine discusses his Beat origins, laments the virtual extinction of house music in its native Chicago, and celebrates the laptop.

Interview: Citizen Wallace

2011-04-06 00:00:00

Arguably the most colourful character among Dáil Éireann’s new breed of TDs, Mick Wallace has been a property developer, a football coach, a Robert Plant lookalike, an outspoken opponent of US foreign policy, a father of four... and a poll-topper in the recent General Election. Olaf Tyaransen meets the new Deputy for Wexford.

Album: Bloodless Coup

2011-03-29 00:00:00

Paul Noonan & Co. go for chart conquering broke

Interview: Anthemic For The People

2011-03-22 00:00:00

They’re widely acknowledged as the nicest guys in rock, five stand-up blokes whose ship finally came in after years of thankless toil. With Elbow’s first album since their mercury win upon us, the band invite hot press to their manchester recording studio to talk about supporting u2, conquering the world and the pressure that comes with high expectations.

Report: The Blow Team

2011-03-14 00:00:00

Kíla’s Lance Hogan has overseen a new musical project, which is set to shatter people’s preconceptions about the flute. Olaf Tyaransen gets the inside skinny.

Album: Last Night On Earth

2011-03-03 00:00:00

Upbeat Album From English Pop-Folkies

Interview: The Life Of Brian

2011-03-03 00:00:00

He manned the guitars during Thin Lizzy’s mid-seventies rush of hit albums. Brian Robertson looks back on the good and bad times with the band and movingly recounts his last meeting with Phil Lynott, just a few hours before his death.

Interview: Lizzy And Me

2011-03-02 00:00:00

Ash’s Tim Wheeler on the timeless influence of Thin Lizzy, and his friendship with the band’s legendary guitarist Brian Robertson.

Interview: Himself Alone

2011-02-22 00:00:00

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has been contesting elections since 1981. Now, for the first time, he is running for office in the Republic. Here he discusses the shortcomings of the Celtic Tiger and puts the case for a Sinn Féin vote.

Reports: Shane's Ire

2011-02-21 00:00:00

Others in the fledgling Democracy Now group may have chickened out, but not Shane Ross. The independent Senator and Sunday Independent writer is fighting for a seat in the Dáil in Dublin South. Here he talks about public anger at the mismanagement of the economy, the impotence of the established political parties – and the need to bring an end to cronyism.

Interview: Blood On The Tracks

2011-02-21 00:00:00

Polly Harvey’s 20-year career has produced an enviable body of work, some of it fractious, confessional and stark, some shrouded in ghostly personae. With her acclaimed Let England Shake, she has engaged with the most enduring subject of them all: war.

Album: How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell

2011-02-11 00:00:00

Love Is In The Air For Former Rats Frontman

Album: Hotel Shampoo

2011-02-08 00:00:00

Dance yrself clean

Album: Content

2011-02-01 00:00:00

Impressive Comeback From Punk-Funk Icons

Interview: Ballad Of A Crooked Man

2011-01-31 00:00:00

Newly and happily unsober controversialist and long time HP fan Tommy Tiernan tells us how he non-stop talked himself into a new style of comedy.

Interview: A Life Of Rhyme

2011-01-25 00:00:00

He’s the original rock and roll poet, a punk icon worshipped by rock stars, movie-makers and at least one of Galway’s discerning homeless population. Bard of Salford John Cooper Clarke talks about his long struggle with drug addiction, his second career as a Ronnie Wood lookalike and his influence on The Simpsons.

Interview: The Gospel According To Luke 'Ming' Flanagan

2011-01-25 00:00:00

He is best known as a pro-Cannabis campaigner. But Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan has established himself as a significant force in politics in Roscommon, becoming Mayor of Roscommon town no less, in 2010. With a changing of the guard almost inevitable at the upcoming General Election, there has never been a better opportunity for a highly committed, plain speaking, local radical to win a seat in Dáil Éireann. Which is when the fun will really start… pic: Andrew Fox

Frontlines: Taking A Stand

2011-01-20 00:00:00

With RTÉ’s new stand-up show, Stand And Deliver, debuting this week on TV Kevin Healy of Galway’s Roisin Dubh explains what it’s like to host some of the best Irish and international talent in his venue.

Album: Kiss Each Other Clean

2011-01-19 00:00:00

Cult singer-songwriter channels Cohen on most accessible record yet

Interview: Doing it for the kids

2010-12-13 00:00:00


Album: The Winter Of Mixed Drinks

2010-03-24 00:00:00

Harrowed and emotional Scots deliver solid third album

Interview: A Spring In His Zep

2010-11-30 00:00:00

He turned down a $200 million Led Zeppelin reunion to chase his muse to the murky depths of Apallachian America. So has cock-rock legend ROBERT PLANT mellowed with age or is something else going on? With his extraordinary new solo album just out, the golden God of seventies hard rock talks about growing older, the messy demise and brief rebirth of Zeppelin and explains what the future holds. Hint: it has something to do with laying hedges (and no, that isn't a filthy euphemism!)

Reports: The Keane Edge

2010-11-22 00:00:00

She was one of Ireland's original media babes, chasing down celebrities for Xposé on TV3. But Lorraine Keane became the story herself when she left the programme last year, provoking a flurry of media speculation as to what had gone wrong. Now she has written an autobiography - in which, she insists, she pokes as much fun at herself as she does at the stars she encountered along the way.

Reports: 21st Century Girl

2010-11-17 00:00:00

"Certainly I want to direct music videos, and I want to have an art exhibit, and I want to make clothes, and all kinds of things. But it's always hard for me to talk about that, because I feel like it's sort of like very typical of artists to speak quite carelessly about their 'empires'. I don't look at myself like an empire. I wanna make real honest work." - Lady GaGa to Olaf Tyransen, January 2009

Interview: Snacks Appeal

2010-11-16 00:00:00

Shortly before HAM SANDWICH were due to go into the studio to record their second album their beloved manager and mentor Derek Nally passed away suddenly. As if that wasn’t enough drama, singer Niamh Farrell was still coming to terms with motherhood and an unpleasant brush with the law. Out of this period of strife, however, the band have emerged with their best LP yet.

Album: Falling Time

2010-11-15 00:00:00

Impressive seconds album from Kildare alt-folk/indie practitioner

Album: National Ransom

2010-11-09 00:00:00

Costello back to his best

Album: Insatiable

2010-11-04 00:00:00

Nadine checks in with excellent checkout album

Interview: The Importance Of Being David

2010-11-03 00:00:00

One of the leading lights in Irish music since the 1970s, Dave Fanning has led the life, brilliantly heading up the rock posse in RTÉ and rubbing shoulders with a vast array of music legends. Back in pole position on RTÉ 2fm’s night-time schedule, he has seen off rivals elsewhere to remain at the centre of the broadcasting action. With his autobiography just released, it’s time for a natter. As ever with the man they call Fanning, what we get is a remarkably open and honest exchange

Interview: Whiskey In The Jar

2010-11-03 00:00:00

A little piece of Nashville came to London earlier this month as Jarvis Cocker, Ellie Goulding and Richard Hawley joined forces with Duane Eddy for an evening of boot stompin’ homage to Jack Daniels

Interview: They Saw They Conquered

2010-11-02 00:00:00

Head Saw Doctor Leo Moran shoots the breeze on 20 years of Rock'N'Roll madness

Album: II

2010-11-02 00:00:00

Avant garde musings hit the sweet spot on second outing from Irish band

Interview: It's Way Past My Bedtime

2010-11-02 00:00:00

With the launch of his new RTÉ 2fm morning show, the world has changed for Hector Ó hEochagáin. No more late nights! Tucked up in bed with the kids by 9.30! Drinking Horlicks to beat the band (alright, we made that last bit up). But his bizarre new regime doesn’t seem to phase the Navan-born broadcaster and comedian, who is taking everything in his stride. He is also preparing for his upcoming appearance at the Bulmers Galway Comedy Festival.

Album: Nine Lives

2010-11-02 00:00:00

Former Fat Lady sings man in collaborative mode

Live: Folan Quay, Galway Harbour

2010-11-01 00:00:00

Galway's contribution to the Arthur's Day celebrations

Interview: The Bailey Show

2010-11-01 00:00:00

Bewhiskered comedian and self-confessed uber-nerd BILL BAILEY shares his thoughts on September 11, the curse of celebrity culture and tells us why he named his child after a space-going slug. Or didn’t, as the case may be...

Album: White Fox

2010-11-01 00:00:00

Impressive outing for Kells Indie-rockers

Interview: Foundling Himself

2010-10-11 00:00:00

“Now that the music industry has collapsed around my ears, there’s me standing there with a great big recording studio"

Interview: More Dour To Their Elbows

2010-10-11 00:00:00

First formed in New York City in 1997, though not releasing their debut album Turn On The Bright Lights until 2002, Interpol have slowly and steadily built up a vast international audience for their dark, downbeat and gothic guitar-driven indie rock, garnering no shortage of critical acclaim along the way.

Interview: Clarion Regardless

2010-09-24 00:00:00

He's good mates with The Edge and a touring partner of Interpol. Now former Secret Machines man Benjamin Curtis is forging ahead with his School Of Seven Bells project.

Interview: Mr. Nice

2010-09-10 00:00:00

He’s the cuddly elder statesmen of daytime radio and apparently the only major figure in Irish entertainment that nobody says a bad word about. In a wide ranging interview, Ian Dempsey speaks about losing his old friend and mentor Gerry Ryan, wonders whether Ryan Tubridy can cut it on 2FM and asks why people never offer him drugs at parties.

Frontlines: Simon Says

2010-09-06 00:00:00

Simon Napier-Bell is one of the most successful managers in UK pop history. In preparation for his appearance in Mindfield at Electric Picnic, he talks to Olaf Tyaransen.

Interview: The Darling Bud of May

2010-09-02 00:00:00

Stardom beckons for IMELDA MAY. The Dublin rockabilly queen has packed The O2 and dazzled on the BBC’s Later...With Jools Holland. Now she’s about to release her major label debut, a record that looks set to confirm her as one of the outstanding new talents in Irish music. With the countdown underway she weighs in on such diverse subjects as Jedward, the suspected suicide of a concert goer at a Swell Season show and tells us about snuggling in between Quentin Tarantino and Alice Cooper at the Grammys.

Interview: National Enquiries

2010-09-02 00:00:00

They’ve been hailed heirs to REM’s alternative crown and are particularly deeply loved in Ireland. With a first ever Electric Picnic slot on the way, The National talk about their extraordinary rise from obscurity and how they’ve managed to keep sibling rivalries in check to become the band of the moment.

Interview: Been There, Dunne That

2010-07-01 00:00:00

He was the scion of one of Ireland’s wealthiest and most successful families, who went on to run the country’s dominant retail empires. Then disaster struck in an infamous incident in Florida that would set in motion a whole series of corruption tribunals in Ireland. What a long, strange trip it’s been...

Interview: U2 album for later this year?

2010-08-19 00:00:00

Paul McGuinness talks to Hot Press after U2’s triumphant Turin show.

Interview: Maud of all she surveys

2010-08-19 00:00:00

A hotly-tipped, classically-trained New York band of transplanted Dubliners, MAUD IN CAHOOTS are hellbent on world domination.

Interview: You Can Take The Man Out Of Northern Ireland...

2010-07-29 00:00:00

...But you can't take Northern Ireland out of the man. So says the hugely successful Down-born stand-up comedian, Patrick Kielty

Album: Mojo

2010-07-29 00:00:00


Frontlines: The Death of the Prince of Soho

2010-07-28 00:00:00

Reflections on the strange life and times of the London legend Sebastian Horsely, who died recently...

Album: United Nations of Sound

2010-07-28 00:00:00

Ex-Verve singer teams up with the cream of modern R&B for some far-out funk soul brotherhood

Video: Olaf Tyaransen talks to Adrian Crowley

2010-07-21 00:00:00

Click here to watch this interview - with GAFTV

Video: Olaf Tyaransen talks to Bret Easton Ellis

2010-07-21 00:00:00

Click here to watch this interview - with GAFTV

Video: Olaf Tyaransen talks to Neil Hannon

2010-07-21 00:00:00

Click here to watch this interview - with GAFTV

Album: // / Y /

2010-07-01 00:00:00

Mathangi Arulpragasam delivers intriguingly fluxed up genre bending third album

Album: Nightwork

2010-06-29 00:00:00

Disco revivalists decamp to berlin, channel lady gaga

Interview: There's Always Somebody Out To Get You...

2010-06-14 00:00:00

So says Lucinda Creighton, considered by many to be among the rising stars in Fine Gael. Here she talks about being the "baby" of the Dáil, the post-feminist era, and what it means to be in politics in Ireland, in 2010.

Album: a national light

2010-06-14 00:00:00

Dublin noiseniks channel Pete Doherty, put boot into the celtic tiger

Interview: Missionary Position

2010-06-14 00:00:00

Australian songbird Sarah Blasko talks about her upbringing in a Pentecostal church and her international ambitions.

Album: Becoming A Jackal

2010-05-19 00:00:00

Astonishing new album from ex-Immediate wunderkind

Interview: No More Mr. Not So Nice Guy

2010-05-19 00:00:00

As the youngest member of the Fine Gael front-bench, Leo Varadker has a reputation for being forthright and abrasive. But it turns out that the 31-year-old doctor has a sensitive side too, as he discusses sex, politics, the loss of privacy and the boys club that is Dáil Éireann.

Interview: Invisible Republicans

2010-05-18 00:00:00

Ed Moloney’s book Voices from the Grave, a history of the Troubles told through the testimonies of former IRA man Brendan Hughes and UVF bomber-turned-politician David Ervine, has stirred up some old ghosts.

Album: Bang Goes the Knighthood

2010-05-12 00:00:00

Ten Not Out from Divine Comedy man Hannon

Frontlines: It Was Twenty Years Ago - Ole!

2010-05-10 00:00:00

As his memoir of Italia ’90 is published Delcan Lynch talks about how much Ireland has changed in the past two decades.

Album: Love It To Life

2010-05-04 00:00:00

Noo Yawk concept album fails to impress

Album: Nobody's Daughter

2010-04-26 00:00:00

Long awaited courtney Love comeback lives up to the hype – and then some.

Interview: Never Mind The Pollocks

2010-04-20 00:00:00

As a politician with a disability – and a teetotaller – junior fisheries minister SEAN CONNICK is a rare sight in the halls of Leinster House. In his first major interview he talks about overcoming adversity, the government’s role in the financial shitstorm that led to Nama, our controversial new blasphemy laws – and his secret musical past. He also breaks with his government colleagues, saying he is ‘open minded’ about head-shops.

Album: As Day Follows Night

2010-04-19 00:00:00

Aria-winning Aussie bewitches and beguiles.

Album: April Uprising

2010-04-15 00:00:00

Anti-corpo Fremantle singer-songwriter lets rip, but smoothly

Interview: The Taurine Inferno

2010-04-15 00:00:00

Forget the School of Rock. From any up-and-coming musician’s, arranger’s, DJ’s or producer’s perspective, winning a coveted place at the Red Bull Music Academy is something akin to a chocoholic winning a golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.

Album: A-Z Volume 1

2010-04-13 00:00:00

Downpatrick reinvent the album as alphabet soup

Live: The JD Set Live at Roisin Dubh, Galway

2010-04-13 00:00:00

The Coonics secure their place in the final.

Interview: "It's Like The Last Day Of The Roman Empire"

2010-04-06 00:00:00

This is Pat Rabbitte's summation of the current state of play in Dáil Éireann. But the Labour spokesman on Justice is taking nothing for granted, about when an election will take place – or the likely outcome. What he does say is that for the first time, Labour have the potential to become Ireland’s largest political party in terms of Dáil representation.

Interview: Blast From The Past

2010-04-01 00:00:00

One of the worst terrorist atrocities ever to take place on Irish soil casts a shadow over the latest novel from Roddy Doyle. Despite also featuring cameos from John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara he nonetheless insists it’s a work of fiction.

Interview: Reflections of a Literary Rebel

2010-03-24 00:00:00

His scandalous debut novel The Ginger Man made J.P. Donleavy the enfant-terrible of the Irish literary scene. In the decades since the book has sold tens of millions of copies and influenced everyone from Hunter S Thompson to Johnny Depp. Here, the author reflects on his run-ins with Brendan Behan, his struggles with the censors and his upbringing in a gritty corner of the Bronx

Album: We Albatri

2010-03-22 00:00:00

Charm offensive works for ex-turn man.

Interview: Gentry Does It

2010-03-08 00:00:00

In this era of iTunes and illicit downloads, it takes a great deal of chutzpah to release a triple album – much less one inspired by Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill and Paul Auster. Duke Special explains how his most idiosyncratic LP yet came to pass.

Interview: Older, Smarter, Wiser

2010-03-04 00:00:00

Through ten years of extraordinary turbulence, other contenders have squared up to U2 – but the Irish four-piece have seen them all off to retain their crown as the biggest, and millions would agree the best, band in the world.

Interview: Cri De Coeur

2010-03-04 00:00:00

In 2000 he was a young musician with nothing to tie him down. The intervening decade was a remarkable one for Damien Rice, who scaled the heights with his wonderful debut album, released in 2002, and simply titled O. But far more important to him than all of that is the fact that he loved, and then lost, an extraordinary woman by the name of Lisa Hannigan.

Reports: Killing Bono

2010-03-03 00:00:00

Neil McCormick enters the fifth week of shooting the movie Killing Bono – an Irish musical comedy loosely based on Neil McCormick’s 2004 memoir, I Was Bono’s Doppelganger.

Interview: Glad to be Ray

2010-02-25 00:00:00

He is the biggest success story in independent radio, the leading non-RTÉ interloper in the Top 20 battle for audience share. Now, an integral part of Today FM’s Shave Or Dye Campaign, his profile is arguably higher than ever. But what really makes Ray D'Arcy tick?

Interview: Oui Shall OvercomE

2010-02-16 00:00:00

He’s Tom Baxter’s kid brother, huge in France and Peter Gabriel is such a fan he signed him to his record label. Ladies and gentlemen meet CHARLIE WINSTON, the latest UK crooner set to capture Irish hearts.

Interview: The Quiet Scotsman

2010-02-10 00:00:00

An extraordinary talent he may be, but Paolo Nutini is one of the most unassuming and likeable stars to have emerged in aeons. He talks about his Italian heritage, the influence of Damien Rice, marijuana as a source of inspiration and why he avoids blogging like the plague.

Interview: Tears of a Clown...

2010-02-10 00:00:00

19-year-old Eliot Pauline ‘Coco’ Styler-Sumner, aka I Blame Coco, might be Sting and Trudie's daughter, but her spiky brand of punky disco testifies that she inherited her parents' drive and talent rather than their moolah.

Album: Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - The Road OST

2010-01-27 00:00:00

Uber-bleak movie receives suitably grim soundtrack from Bad Seeds

Album: one life stand (parlophone)

2010-01-21 00:00:00


Interview: super mario brother

2010-01-19 00:00:00

He’s single-handedly raised Irish satire to a new level – not bad for a performer who began his career ordering cups of coffee on Glenroe. Now Mario Rosenstock is taking Gift Grub on the road for a series of nationwide live dates. He talks about the challenges of mimicking Bertie and Biffo and tells us about the ‘craven’ politicians who beg to be made fun of on the airwaves.

Interview: What Dreams May Come True

2009-12-16 00:00:00

On the eve of her biggest ever date, a homecoming gig at Dublin's O2 Arena, rockabilly queen Imelda May reflects on whirlwind year, talks about the scourge of heroin when she was growing up in inner city Dublin and tells how it feels to be acclaimed as the "Irish Amy Winehouse".

Interview: Fools Like Us

2009-12-16 00:00:00

He was one of the fiercest critics of corruption in public life during the orgy of consumption that was the Celtic Tiger. Now that the whole house of cards has come crashing down on our heads, Fintan O’Toole has written a book setting out in detail just how scandalously those at the top abused their positions. But will anything change? Unless Irish people purge themselves of their tolerance for corruption, probably not he fears.

Album: An Taobh Tuathail Vol III

2009-12-09 00:00:00

Cianin a good mood...

Interview: Bailey Legal

2009-12-02 00:00:00

He’s the wacky comedian with an ear for sonic absurdity. Now Bill Bailey is to put his love of music at the centre of an extravagant new show

Interview: Albion Rover

2009-12-01 00:00:00

He’s the theoretical physics graduate turned comedian who conquered mainstream TV. Now Dara O Briain has published his first book, Tickling The English, part tour diary, part travelogue, part historical/sociological treatise. Here he talks about the myth of national identity, the loneliness of the long distance comedian, drink as a creative laxative... and that infamous Tommy Tiernan Electric Picnic interview.

Interview: Skyscraper's The Limit

2009-11-30 00:00:00

He’s best known as Interpol’s moody frontman. But now Paul BankS is going solo – and he’s not quite sure how his music will go down

Interview: The L Word

2009-11-19 00:00:00

He's gone from bashing out Brel covers in pokey Dublin clubs to crooning 'New York, New York' while gazing at the Manhattan skyline.For his latest project, the wonderful story so far. Jack L has pushed the boundaries yet again by collaborating with up and coming Irish Novelist Anna McPartlin. Here they talk to Hot Press about their intriguing hook-up and explain how your career can lead you to some very strange places...

Album: R.E.M. Live At The Olympia

2009-11-17 00:00:00

Indie rock legends kick back at Dublin knees-up

Interview: Thank Lou and goodnight!

2009-11-10 00:00:00

Lo-fi superstar LOU BARLOW talks about his new solo record, and his career-long talent for plucking defeat from the jaws of victory

Album: My Way

2009-10-28 00:00:00

Scallywag channels the spirit of... Michael Jackson

Reports: Whiskey Business

2009-10-28 00:00:00

It's time for the birthday JD Set to celebrate Jack Daniel's birthday, where britrock legends Brett Anderson, Carl Barat and John McClure join forces for a unique collaboration - and talk bout media manipulation, Jade Goody and, aaah, premature deafness!

Album: Love 2

2009-10-27 00:00:00

French Smoothies return to lunar landscapes

Interview: License To Chill

2009-10-16 00:00:00

Chill-lounge kingpins ZERO 7 talk about their nightmare stint on the road with James Blunt (yes, James Blunt!) and their boundary-breaking new LP.

Interview: Andrew's Day

2009-10-15 00:00:00

Comedian of the moment Andrew Maxwell talks about his recent car-crash gig in Dublin, in which he staggered on stage drunk and promptly blacked out, the controversy over Tommy Tiernan's comments on the holocaust and his love/hate relationship with Ireland. Plus, why we're to blame for our current economic crisis and how going to the same school as U2 helped turn him into ther performer he is today.


2009-10-06 00:00:00

Its action all areas as a musically beefed- up David Gray leaps back into the fray. Inviting Hot Press to an exclusive tour of his London studio, he talks about early success in Ireland, his break with loyal drummer Clune and a recent get-together with uber-diva Annie Lennox


2009-10-05 00:00:00

sublime sheffield torch ‘n’ twang


2009-09-28 00:00:00

When Tommy Tiernan held court in the Hot Press Chat Room at Electric Picnic recently, he had no idea the kind of shit storm that would unfold. During what was in effect a spontaneous, unscripted live performance – not unlike an appearance on The Late Late Show that also sparked controversy – he told a story about a couple of Jews who reproached him after a performance in New York. The result? He has been accused of anti-semitism and widely vilified. But those who know Tiernan are quite clear that the accusations are completely wrong. So – in order to allow people to judge for themselves – here is the full text of the Chat Room interview.

Album: Break Up

2009-09-23 00:00:00

Movie star and cult songwriter deliver surprisingly assured break-up record.


2009-09-22 00:00:00



2009-09-18 00:00:00

In between starting a family and touring the globe with Bell X1, David Geraghty has managed to find the time to squeeze out a second solo record, The Victory Dance. He talks about dealing with bat infestations, bestriding U2’s ‘Claw’ stage and tackling the fraught subject of 9/11 in song.

Interview: Fibbing In The Name Of

2009-09-09 00:00:00

Stonemason-turned-artful strummer Mick Flannery talks about nearly winning the Choice Music Prize for his album White Lies, his on-going battle against laziness and his dreams of breaking the UK

Live: Conway Savage

2009-08-31 00:00:00

Interview: Ethereal Girl

2009-08-25 00:00:00

In a heartfelt interview, Dolores O’Riordan talks to Hot Press about her new solo record, her decision to move to Canada and the debilitating effects of fame. Plus, why a Cranberries reunion may be a matter of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’.

Album: Ready For The Weekend

2009-08-13 00:00:00

Former shelf-stacker perfects ‘stadium rave’.

Interview: Noble Savage

2009-08-10 00:00:00

Long-time travelling piano man and Bad Seed CONWAY SAVAGE explains how he came to record his latest live album in the Glens Centre at Manorhamilton.

Frontlines: The Battle for the Soul of De Dannan

2009-07-30 00:00:00

When it was announced in Hot Press that a new incarnation of De Dannan was about to hit the road, it came as a surprise to one of the group's founders, Alec Finn. Here, he talks about why he objects to the use of the name by his former musical partner, Frankie Gavin.

Live: U2 Live In Barcelona: It's A Result!

2009-07-01 00:00:00

The opening night of a U2 tour can be fraught with peril. But in the Camp Nou in Barcelona tonight they exorcised the demons of previous tours and started on a winning note. Report: Olaf Tyaransen

Album: Lungs

2009-06-24 00:00:00

B-list Kate Bush doesn’t quite live up to the hype.

Album: The Duckworth Lewis Method

2009-06-22 00:00:00

Concept album about cricket from Divine Comedy and Pugwash frontmen hits the sweet spot

Live: Yusuf live at Shepherd's Bush Empire

2009-06-11 00:00:00

There’s a 30 minute break before Bono reappears to introduce the Cat formerly known as Stevens, Yusuf Islam. “A seeker,” he pronounced. “A troubadour. A pilgrim. A poet. A guitar picker. A natty dresser. A singer and writer of some of the best songs ever written. A serious Cat.”

Album: Battle For The Sun

2009-06-11 00:00:00

Loud, dark thrills from Britpop’s foremost hedonists sixth album

Interview: Eclectic Dreams

2009-06-09 00:00:00

Jape and Lisa Hannigan may inhabit opposite ends of the musical spectrum but their careers have followed remarkably similar paths. On the road together in the UK, he talks about bagging the Choice Music Prize and she discusses her dramatic split from Damien Rice

Album: Journal for Plague Lovers

2009-05-12 00:00:00

Manics mine richey’s last words for a return to the heart of darkness

Album: Let the Truth be Told

2009-05-12 00:00:00

Long Awaited debut from dublin soul prodigy proves a cracker

Interview: Reconnected

2009-05-11 00:00:00

Malahide’s DIRECTOR may not be any kind of tabloid headline generators, but with an accomplished second album produced by Pumpkins and Placebo veteran Brad Wood in the bag, they’re confident enough to let the music make the fuss.

Interview: Where Eagles Dare

2009-05-06 00:00:00

They were one of the most successful – and dysfunctional – bands of all time. Now THE EAGLES are aging gracefully and packing out arenas across the world, with Irish gigs on the way.

Album: Junior

2009-04-27 00:00:00

upbeat comeback from the kings of coffee-table electro

Interview: I'm Amanda, fly me

2009-04-24 00:00:00

She started as a model, carving out a successful career and living the celebrity lifestyle in the full glare of the cameras. With a well publicised stint on reality TV in LA behind her, she is now one of the hottest properties in British television.

Interview: Nature boy

2009-04-21 00:00:00

Namechecked in Rolling Stone as one of Ryan Adams’ favourite songwriters, Galway artists ADRIAN CROWLEY gets all pantheist on us for his fifth album Season Of The Sparks.

Album: Strawberry Blood

2009-04-15 00:00:00

Indie schmindie-free zone that could sell bucketloads in the States.

Interview: Emerald bile

2009-04-02 00:00:00

They were Ireland’s original of the punk species, and thirty years on from their debut, Paranoid visions are still fizzling with anti-establishment fury. The difference, they say, is that nowadays they are more likely to channel their rage through music rather than chuck a bottle through a shop window

Album: Hands

2009-03-31 00:00:00

Veteran troubadour steps up to the plate with fine collaboration

Album: Fork in the road

2009-03-27 00:00:00

Craggy eco-concept record not the car-crash it could have been

Interview: 30 remarkable years: Why McGuinness has been good for U2

2009-03-23 00:00:00

He’s been at the helm with U2 since 1979. In the intervening time he’s been involved in every aspect of the career of the biggest rock band in the world. In a rare in-depth interview, Paul McGuinness talks about the highs and lows of managing the fab four and reflects on the State of the Nation and the implosion of the Irish economy.

Album: Invaders must die

2009-03-16 00:00:00

The rave revival starts here!

Album: Yes

2009-03-16 00:00:00

Pop intellectuals go HI-NRG on beat-tastic hook-up and produce best work in years

Interview: Reading between the line (part 2)

2009-03-11 00:00:00

Part two of our U2 interview...

Interview: Reading between the line (part 1)

2009-03-11 00:00:00

As U2 gear up for the release of No Line On The Horizon, they meet HP to talk about the creation of their latest masterwork, meeting world leaders, the way they’re perceived in Ireland, the current state of the music business and their future plans.

Interview: Where eagles swear

2009-03-03 00:00:00

Jesse Hughes of Eagles Of Death Metal takes time out from showering with nubile fans to explain why the Republican party is too left-wing for him, sings the praises of George W Bush and tells us what it’s like to have a former Sex Pistol as a post-rehab sponsor.

Album: Blue Lights on the runway

2009-02-26 00:00:00

And then there were three. Slimmed down Bell X-ers stretch on fourth album

Interview: The Kid from Fame

2009-02-24 00:00:00

She’s the post-modern starlet who is stalked by paparazzi wherever she goes but is as comfortable talking about Andy Warhol and John Updike as she is hanging with fashionistas. Say hello to Lady GaGa the good-time pop princess who went to school with Paris Hilton, cultivated a drug habit ‘cos that’s what David Bowie did in the ’70s, but thinks fame is just a game.

Album: Robyn

2008-12-17 00:00:00


Album: Trails of the Lonely

2008-12-01 00:00:00

Irish duo's debut album has a sound that puts them right in the room, with warm harmonies and soothing lyrics.

Interview: From Boys to Hitmen

2008-11-20 00:00:00

They've waved goodbye to Sam's town, and gone for the stadium rock jugular with their new Day & Age album.

Interview: My Favourite Martin

2008-11-10 00:00:00

With a hit Colin Farrell movie to his name, Martin McDonagh mulls over his early rejections at the hand of the Abbey, his "rivalry" with Conor McPherson and his run-in with Sean Connery.

Reports: Last night a JD saved my life

2008-11-07 00:00:00

Olaf Tyaransen reports from the Birthday JD set in Lynchburg, Tennesse, which featured performances from such acts as Hugh Cornwell, Roisin Murphy and Ash's Tim Wheeler.

Live: Super Fly Guys

2008-11-06 00:00:00

Try to keep up in this review of the two-day, four-city Take Back the Cities tour through Dublin, Belfast, Edinburgh and a big finale in London.

Reports: The Grass Grows Meaner on the Other Side

2008-11-05 00:00:00

He was the underclass delinquent who almost became a chess grandmaster and then stumbled into literary acclaim. John Healy looks back upon a life less ordinary.

Interview: Snow Country for Old Men

2008-11-03 00:00:00

On the eve of the release of Snow Patrol's epic fifth album A Hundred Million Suns, Hot Press finds out how singer Gary Lightbody gets inspiration for his songs.

Live: The Hilfiger Session live at Porchester Hall

2008-10-22 00:00:00

Tommy Hilfiger's series of invitation-only, high-profile shows made its first debut in London with an upstanding performance by John Legend.

Album: The Cosmos Rock

2008-10-22 00:00:00

Freddie-less queen fail to recall old glories

Album: Never Leave Anywhere

2008-10-21 00:00:00

Ex-ten Speed Racers deliver dream-pop out of darkness

Album: That Lucky Old Sun

2008-10-09 00:00:00

This album leaves no doubt that the former Beach Boy is now fully recovered from the 1967 nervous breakdown that effectively stalled his career for decades.

Album: Domino Effect

2008-09-15 00:00:00

Despite their meteorological moniker, The Blizzards are no musical flakes. Ultimately, The Domino Effect should see plenty more fans falling at their feet.

Album: Snowflake/Midnight

2008-09-09 00:00:00

From the sounds of this artful seventh album, the band have seriously updated the equipment in their remote Catskills studio.

Interview: Watching the detectives

2008-09-09 00:00:00

As the daughter of a notorious drugs smuggler, it was perhaps inevitable that there would be a narcotic element to the debut book by Amber Marks.

Album: Happy The Man

2008-09-09 00:00:00

Combining pop, folk, haunting harmonies and emotionally intelligent lyrics, their lovingly crafted sound is both completely contemporary and yet somehow timeless.

Interview: Ron Jeremy: Hollywood hard man

2008-09-04 00:00:00

He's slept with more than 4,000 women and starred in over 2,000 X-rated movies. But Ron Jeremy has also been feted at Trinity College.

Interview: Like A Rolling Jones

2008-08-27 00:00:00

Ahead of the reformed Pistols' Electric Picnic set, we caught up with the guitarist, Steve Jones, who spoke about kicking heroin, his dislike of Malcolm McLaren, his on-air confrontation with Jerry Lee Lewis, and why he'd love to do an album with Cliff Richard.

Album: The Holy Pictures

2008-08-26 00:00:00

Belfast superstar DJ turns to his hometown for inspiration on long-awaited fourth album

Interview: I heard the Muse today, oh boy!

2008-08-06 00:00:00

Ahead of their return to Ireland, Muse reveal they’re about to go through their U2 phase, talk about magic mushrooms and explain why, when it comes to conspiracy, they’re on Jim Corr's side.

Interview: Kila in our midst

2008-07-31 00:00:00

They’re already describing KÍLA's new concert movie as the Celtic answer to Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense.

Frontlines: The War On Drugs - What is it Good For?

2008-07-22 00:00:00

Criminologist and author of The Irish War On Drugs, Paul O'Mahony was one of the few voices of reason in the recent, hugely impressive Prime Time report on the subject.

Interview: The zen of Ken

2008-07-11 00:00:00

Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone talks about toffs in politics, Tony versus Gordon and sheds light on his own intervention in the Troubles, at the height of the bloodshed.

Interview: A talk with the Park

2008-07-01 00:00:00

Backstage in Portugal, nu-metal boundary-breakers Linkin Park chat about Barack Obama, the Iraq war and their debt to - yes, really - Jean-Paul Sartre

Interview: Return of the Likely Trads

2008-06-16 00:00:00

On the eve of the release of their latest album, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill shoot the breeze about on-the-road partying and incorporating non-folk influences into their songbook

Interview: Hotpress on Tour: Gugai And The Gang

2008-05-08 00:00:00

The Roisin Dubh has become one of Ireland's most prestigious music venues, hosting artists such as Violent Femmes, Josh Ritter and Republic Of Loose. Booker Gugai gives us the lowdown on the live scene way out west.

Interview: Hotpress on Tour: Lash on Demand

2008-07-13 00:00:00

They've been known to hand-craft their own instruments and, just for the hell of it, once toured Korea. Little wonder that boy/girl partnership Mirakil Whip are fast earning a reputation as one of the country's most eclectic new bands.

Album: Hey Ma

2008-05-08 00:00:00

Welcome return to form from nineties stalwarts, not much has changed with this tenth studio album but if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Interview: The all-seeing i

2008-05-19 00:00:00

When he first arrived in the Northwest to attend college last year, Josh Clarke had no aspirations of becoming a radio DJ. Pretty soon, though, he had caught the bug in a serious way.

Album: Lessons To Be Learned

2008-05-16 00:00:00

Gabriella Cilmi's debut album Lessons To Be Learned is aptly titled. Although she has an amazing voice, this album showcases the work of a talented singer, rather than a serious artist.

Album: You Cross My Path

2008-05-16 00:00:00

Recorded in Los Angeles, Ireland and Cheshire, and mixed by Alan Moulder, You Cross My Path is easily The Charlatans' best work in years

Live: Gemma Hayes live at the Roisin Dubh, Galway

2008-05-09 00:00:00

As an admirer of Hayes' new album, I’d been hoping for a more mellow and subdued performance, but she was playing with a full band. And it didn’t really work.

Interview: Porn In The USA

2008-04-22 00:00:00

Hustler magazine founder and multi-millionaire porn mogul Larry Flynt talks exclusively to Hot Press.

Interview: Into the Bell X1 off the beast

2008-04-15 00:00:00

Hot Press joins the lads of Bell X1 on the road in America - land of David Letterman and flaming tour buses.

Album: The Seldom Seen Kid

2008-03-28 00:00:00

Established fans will be glad to hear Elbow’s sound further maturing; newcomers will hopefully realise that this particular seldom-seen-kid should definitely be heard.

Interview: Tings that make you go boom!

2008-03-25 00:00:00

Minimalist electro-pop duo The Ting Tings emerged from a Manchester artists' collective with a love of Tom Tom Club and Talking Heads and a reputation as one of this year's most original new acts.

Album: Colours Of Sound

2008-03-04 00:00:00

Ken McHugh’s third album proves a blinder, despite dodgy painting metaphors and technological fetishism.

Reports: Climate of Hunter

2008-02-26 00:00:00

With a series of new books due for publication and Johnny Depp set to star in a film adaptation of The Rum Diary, Olaf Tyaransen recounts the turbulent life and times of a literary outlaw.

Album: The Truth

2008-02-21 00:00:00

"It’s not quite a classic, but The Truth is a near perfectly formed debut from a tight and talented Irish band with a serious future ahead of them."

Reports: The Cannabis Cup 2007

2008-02-13 00:00:00

Having reported in Hot Press ten years ago on a riotous week at the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam, the time seemed ripe for Olaf Tyaransen to make a return trip.

Album: Rufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall

2008-01-29 00:00:00

Wow! It really doesn’t get any gayer than this. Rufus Wainwright doing a cover of an entire 1961 Judy Garland concert – with a little assistance from his mom and his sister.

Album: 19

2008-01-23 00:00:00

"When it’s not swinging, her mood is mostly downbeat, melancholy and soulful. Her greatest asset is her smoky voice, reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald with a pop sensibility."

Interview: And you shall know us by the trail of the 'Head

2007-12-20 00:00:00

Rock ‘n’ roll sedition isn’t the only topic on the agenda as Radiohead talk family, Harry Potter and vomiting members of Ash.

Album: Hourglass

2007-11-26 00:00:00

Gahan hasn’t arrived at the palace of wisdom yet, but it sounds like he’s enjoying travelling this new route there.

Interview: Royal sons of a preacher man

2007-11-23 00:00:00

They’ve left their groupie days behind but hard rocking southerners Kings Of Leon still have a bit of the devil in them.

Album: Situation

2007-11-23 00:00:00

The freeform mish-mash of sounds, scratches, samples, styles and lyrical themes is far too much of a mixed bag to have a wide appeal.

Frontlines: Hey Jude!

2007-11-08 00:00:00

Toasted Heretic singer turned prize-winning author Julian Gough talks about the journey from mosh-pit to literary salon.

Album: Raising Sand

2007-11-08 00:00:00

You don’t have to be a fan of the country, blues or folk genres to appreciate the heartbreaking brilliance of this inspired collaboration.

Album: Pictures

2007-10-24 00:00:00

This is a fairly bland, but nonetheless charming and inoffensive album that’s bound to sell in massive quantities to the same people who bought the last Dido record.

Reports: The BT Goes On

2007-10-23 00:00:00

The great and the good of the UK music industry gathered in London recently for the 2007 BT Digital Music Awards.

Album: In Rainbows

2007-10-18 00:00:00

First impressions are pretty damn good. It’s dreamy, eerie, epic, soaring, soothing, very occasionally manic... and more.

Reports: How to avoid becoming pregnant

2007-10-08 00:00:00

A new campaign aimed at drastically reducing the number of unintended pregnancies worldwide has the star of The OC, Mischa Barton as its spokesperson.

Interview: Living The Wet Dream

2007-10-01 00:00:00

Founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine Hugh Hefner looks back on a life less ordinary and explains how he’s really ‘a romantic’ at heart.

Interview: The Ritter End

2007-09-11 00:00:00

It’s been a tumultuous few years for Josh Ritter. Against the dramatic backdrop of the Swiss Alps, he talks about his number one fan Stephen King, recalls the day he met Bob Dylan and explains why it’s never a good idea to drink before a show

Interview: Portrait of the artist

2007-08-31 00:00:00

Graham Knuttel talks about his fight with the bottle, his friendship with Sylvester Stallone and why he doesn’t want to be surrounded by his own paintings.

Interview: The Interview: Pat Carey TD

2007-08-13 00:00:00

So says the new Minister for Drugs, Pat Carey. Which makes an interesting change from the usual sensational stuff we’re fed by politicians, the Gardaí and the media. But is he right?

Album: We'll Live And Die In These Towns

2007-08-03 00:00:00

Having debuted at Number One in the UK album charts last week, it would appear that working-class Coventry trio The Enemy are now officially the next big thing.

Album: Teenager

2007-07-19 00:00:00

Unusually for a Teenager, this album has taken a long time to come.

Frontlines: More than zero

2007-07-16 00:00:00

A young female nomadic novelist married to an Iranian scientist, Emer Martin is determined to defy stereotyping.

Interview: Actually, you'd better leave that out. That's off the record!

2007-06-28 00:00:00

Shane MacGowan interviews Sinead O’Connor for hotpress, with Olaf Tyaransen acting as referee. On the day, Victoria Clark also sat in. What followed turned into a wide-ranging and often hilarious exchange of almost Beckettian dimensions.

Reports: Royston Brady: My part in his downfall

2007-06-22 00:00:00

30th Anniversary retrospective: Royston Brady was a rising star of Fianna Fail when he told Hot Press about his taxi driver father’s role in the Dublin bombings. The rest was history.

Interview: Mother superior

2007-06-11 00:00:00

Having amicably but firmly put the Cranberries behind her, Dolores O’Riordan found refuge in motherhood, but is now raring to get back on the road with her first solo album.

Album: To Hell Or Barbados

2007-05-31 00:00:00

There’s nobody else quite like Damien Dempsey. His vocal style is very much an acquired taste. It takes a few listens before you start liking it, but after a while and you wonder where he’s been all your life.

Interview: Belfast's least wanted man

2007-05-11 00:00:00

Commander of the notorious Company C of the UDA in Belfast, Johnny Adair was given 16 years for directing terrorism. While he was never convicted of murder, the rumour mill suggests that he has been reponsible for as many as 43 deaths.

Album: About What You Know

2007-04-27 00:00:00

Formed by four Sheffield school friends just a year-and-a-half ago, and signed to V2 within months, Little Man Tate have basically been fast-tracked to minor fame.

Album: Flight Cases

2007-04-26 00:00:00

This sophomore release from Shannonsider Daragh Dukes [trading as Headgear] is a concept album. Comedian Pat Shortt plays sax on three of the tracks, but no need to laugh. The concept actually works.

Interview: He who scares wins

2007-04-26 00:00:00

They may refuse to play the media game, but whether it’s dating page three models, accepting awards dressed as the Village People or earning the ire of Keith Richards, there’s never a dull moment in the world of Alex Turner and Arctic Monkeys.

Interview: Show me the honey

2007-04-25 00:00:00

The Bird And The Bee’s sweet retro-rock has proved a surprise underground sensation. And nobody is more taken aback than the California duo themselves.

Album: The Bird And The Bee

2007-04-17 00:00:00

Gather round, children, and let me tell you all about The Bird And The Bee. A 30-something, flirtysomething Californian duo, the bird is the angelically voiced Inara George and the bee is multitalented instrumentalist Greg Kurstin.

Comedy: A mallon for all seasons

2007-03-28 00:00:00

Former Oranmore oyster farmer Gerry Mallon may regard himself as something of an accidental stand-up, but nevertheless he’s one of the main players in the burgeoning Galway comedy scene.

Reports: Gooseberry

2007-03-27 00:00:00

Having made his reputation as gonzo journalist and memoirist with such books as Story Of O, Palace Of Wisdom and Sexlines, Olaf Tyaransen branches into short fiction in this Hot Press exclusive.

Interview: Some loud thunder

2007-03-20 00:00:00

The Waterboys are back, with arguably their most complete record yet, Book Of Lightning. In this remarkably open and honest interview, Mike Scott talks about his songwriting genius, about relationships, his family, his boozy years in Galway - and turning U2 onto Greenpeace.

Album: Travel Light

2007-03-15 00:00:00

On the evidence of Stand’s fourth album proper, these Bronx-based Dubliners really haven’t been standing around.

Interview: Cause and Effect

2007-03-06 00:00:00

To some, he’s the last true socialist left in Ireland. In a forthright interview Michael D. Higgins reflects on Bono's knighthood, expresses his horror at America’s conduct in the Middle East and explains why the PDs are bad for Ireland

Interview: Cause and effect

2007-03-02 00:00:00

To some, he’s the last true socialist left in Ireland. In a forthright interview Michael D. Higgins reflects on Bono's knighthood, and explains why the PDs are bad for Ireland.

Comedy: Stand up and coming

2007-02-14 00:00:00

Romance ain’t dead, says John Donnellan, but Saint Valentine’s Day is a racket.

Interview: On the couch with Tracey

2007-02-13 00:00:00

She is one of the best known sex therapists in the world, with a bunch of million selling books to her credit. But Tracey Cox is still searching for Mr. Right. Well, sort of...

Album: A Tale Of Two Cities

2007-02-02 00:00:00

Given the musical originality showcased over these 12 brilliant tracks, Hudson and his bookish chums could easily wind up being just as popular. They certainly live up to Great Expectations.

Album: Eminem presents the Re-Up

2007-01-19 00:00:00

No, this isn’t a new Eminem album; rather it’s a slickly produced compilation of Shady Records artists masquerading as an underground/street mix-tape

Interview: The moneyman cometh

2007-01-15 00:00:00

Thanks to Eddie Hobbs Ireland is more financially astute than ever before. But his meteoric rise as champion of the little people hasn’t been free of controversy.

Interview: Notes from a library bar

2006-12-20 00:00:00

Who wants to be a millionaire? Not Philip Ó Ceallaigh, who actually seems remarkably nonchalant about not scooping a pot of money for his latest short story collection.

Album: Skin And Bones

2006-12-05 00:00:00

Recorded last August over three sold-out nights in Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre, Skin And Bones is a superb snapshot of the band’s first ever tour with its expanded eight piece line-up.

Report: The fine art of mixing

2006-11-22 00:00:00

It was the hottest ticket in Manhattan – and no wonder. With Goldfrapp, The Strokes, Carl Cox and Kanye West on the bill, this was a gig for people of impeccable taste – all the more so since it was brought together by Hennessy cognac.

Interview: Power, Corruption and Noise

2006-11-10 00:00:00

No, they’re not Jack White’s extra-curricular band. Rather, The Racketeers are long time veterans of the Irish scene with shades of Nick Cave and Johnny Cash in their darkly fascinating sound.

Interview: Selim's Lot

2006-10-27 00:00:00

Egyptian-born Ali Selim, now a resident of Tallaght, is the Secretary General of the Irish Council of Imams, which was formed last month to represent Islamic concerns in Ireland, ranging from theological matters to issues of social integration. In this extensive interview, he attempts to dispel many of the Western myths about the Muslim world, addresses the subject of Islamic extremism, Salman Rushdie and the Pope’s faux pas.

Interview: No ordinary Joe

2006-10-18 00:00:00

He’s one of the last great orators in Irish politics. But there’s more to Joe Higgins TD than firebrand socialism. In this candid interview, the man once described as a ‘nitwit’ by an enraged Bertie Ahern talks about his childhood, the role of the church in his life and explains why the Celtic Tiger has let Ireland down

Album: We Thrive On Big Cities

2006-10-06 00:00:00

Right from the first reel, this is one of the most thrillingly self-assured Irish debuts since, well, The Thrills’. Despite being fellow Dubs, though, Director are coming from a very different place.

Interview: The Fifth Element

2006-09-29 00:00:00

U2 manager Paul McGuinness is among the most powerful players in the music industry. To coincide with the DVD release of U2’s classic ZOO TV Live From Sydney, he talks candidly about his relationship with the band and their controversial decision to move part of their business empire to the Netherlands in order to lower their tax burden.

Album: Fingerprints

2006-09-27 00:00:00

Brendan and Declan Murphy have never been especially careerist or commercial-minded. They’ve always done their own thing, which hasn’t always been a good thing.

Album: Happy New Year

2006-09-19 00:00:00

Over the last decade or so, Brooklyn’s Oneida have steadily built a reputation as one of the most interesting and creative-minded US indie acts working today. Despite the fact that the core band members trade under the deeply silly names Hanoi Jane, Kid Millions and Bobby Matador, they make intelligent music that’s woven from myriad unlikely influences.

Album: Boss Volenti

2006-09-14 00:00:00

Boss Volenti? Perhaps I’m displaying my ignorance here, but it sounds like an associate of Tony Soprano’s. Or something you’d order in a restaurant. Or even a new brand of designer aftershave. But no, it’s the self-titled debut from the Dublin rock band who've recently been joined by former Therapy sticksman Graham Hopkins. How Dublin are they? Well, they recorded this in The Factory, and thank Joe Elliot and Tony Fenton on the sleeve.

Interview: Come as you aaaaaahh!

2006-08-31 00:00:00

Masturbating for charity – it was a new one on us. So whose idea was it? What was the purpose? Who would turn up? And what would happen in real life, when the doors to the Wank-a-thon were finally declared open? There was only one way to get the real SP on what promised to be one of the most bizarre events ever mounted in London. Send for our man Tyaransen: he wouldn’t make his excuses and leave! Or would he?

Album: Second round's in me

2006-08-30 00:00:00

The title of this album could refer to the fact that this is 29-year-old Detroit rapper Obie Trice’s second long-playing release. Alternatively, it might be a reference to the events of last December 31st, when he was shot twice while driving on the Lodge Expressway by Wyoming Avenue in Detroit (he was also one of the late Proof’s best mates).

Album: The Amazing Adventures Of

2006-08-30 00:00:00

Ten out of ten for presentation. It’s just a shame that they didn’t put as much time and effort into the production. Some of these 11 songs sound like they were recorded in a hayshed.

Album: Amputechture

2006-08-23 00:00:00

The third studio album in five years from LA-based Mexican art-rockers The Mars Volta may well be a case of too many cooks spoiling the broth.

Live: Rodrigo y Gabriela live at the Fisheries Field, Galway

2006-08-17 00:00:00

I have no idea what most of their song titles are, but it hardly matters. It’s just 90 minutes of sheer guitar genius.

Album: Not Fade Away

2006-08-14 00:00:00

David Kitt's Not Fade Away is a triumphant return to form after the lovey-dovey Square One

Album: Highway Companion

2006-08-03 00:00:00

Live: David Gray and Simple Kid live at the Galway Arts Festival

2006-07-27 00:00:00

It’s been a long, hot, muggy day, but Galway’s weather still won’t piss or get off the pot. A short, sharp shower would actually be extremely welcome, but the heavily pregnant clouds just tease with the prospect of rain. On the plus side, the evening skies over the Fisheries Field are appropriately shaded for the musical night ahead (sorry, but it’s an unbreakable rule of music journalism that every David Gray live review must contain at least one pun on his surname).

Album: Alright, Still

2006-07-20 00:00:00

In case you haven’t been monitoring the zeitgeist recently, Lily Allen is the sharp, sassy, 21-year-old daughter of UK comedian Keith Allen, who’s recently become known as the poster-girl for the MySpace generation.

Interview: Bringing the beer back home

2006-07-14 00:00:00

The wonderfully named Galway Hooker lager, recently launched in The Roisin Dubh, brings locally micro-brewed beer to the City of the Tribes.

Interview: A history of violence

2006-06-08 00:00:00

He revolutionised contemporary fiction with Fight Club. But, with more than one brutal murder lurking in the family undergrowth, Chuck Palahniuk's own life has been as troubled and disturbing as any of his books

Interview: Outside it's America

2006-05-17 00:00:00

In Ireland, he’s the biggest name in comedy – a superstar who can pack them into live shows and shift DVDs by the jumboload. But having conquered his homeland, Tommy Tiernan faced the question: where to from here? The answer was America, the Holy Grail for anyone in the entertainment business. The story of his battle to win hearts and minds is captured in Jokerman – Tommy Tiernan Takes On America, a documentary series that is about to hit the screens on RTE. But first, there’s the important matter of a Hot Press interview to attend to.

Frontlines: Western Writers' Centre not taken for Grant-aid

2006-04-26 00:00:00

Refusing to grand aid this forward-looking Galway organisation smacks of short-sightedness.

Interview: Thai one off: Thailand’s PM Thaksin resigns

2006-04-24 00:00:00

The middle classes cheered but the working man was in tears when Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was forced to step down recently.

Interview: Eamon's devil era

2006-04-12 00:00:00

Rabble-rousing controversialist and after hours man, sure. But one time devoted mass goer who now drinks once or twice a month and finds Stringfellows seedy? Welcome to the other side of Eamon Dunphy.

Interview: Back from the Thai-life again

2006-03-27 00:00:00

In which our columnist returns home from Thailand to find a distinct lack of fatted calf slaughterings enacted in his honour.

Interview: Not the end of pierre show

2006-03-21 00:00:00

Critics have not been kind to the long-awaited second novel from Booker-winning novelist DBC Pierre. After a lifetime that has lurched between excess and poverty, privilege and despair, he’s not bothered though.

Interview: My date with a Thai hooker

2006-03-16 00:00:00

In which Olaf Tyaransen is erected by three wrinkly Thai women – and then goes chasing babes.

Interview: Funeral for a friend

2006-03-02 00:00:00

The tragic passing of a neighbour offers an insight into Thailand’s singular attitude towards life and death.

Comedy: Dara to be different

2006-02-24 00:00:00

He’s one of the hardest-working comics on the circuit, once performing four separate shows in a single night. Now Dara O’Briain is preparing for perhaps his busiest year yet.

Interview: Pride and prejudice

2006-02-15 00:00:00

Why travelling the world and meeting new people reinforces old stereotypes.

Interview: Thou shalt not take the piss

2006-02-02 00:00:00

In which our correspondent almost comes to the rescue of a man being battered, before deciding against it.

Interview: Shit! The tourists are coming

2006-01-19 00:00:00

In Which Our Hero Discovers The Joys of Extreme Yoga and the tourists pour into Ko Pha Mgan.

Interview: Trouble in paradise

2005-12-08 00:00:00

Ethnic tensions threaten to destabilise Thailand's deep south. Could a Northern Ireland-type conflict be on the horizon?

Interview: Gyp-sy cabs

2005-11-25 00:00:00

In which our columnist gets mistaken for a mug and finds himself swarmed upon by opportunistic taxi drivers.

Interview: The road to nowhere

2005-11-11 00:00:00

OUr intrepid adventurer enter enters the bandlands of Burma.

Interview: Buddha in arms

2005-10-28 00:00:00

Our columnist tracks the upwardly mobile trajectory of certain Buddhist monks and paints a picture of Thailand as a country about to blow its top.

Interview: Queer eyes on straight guys

2005-10-01 00:00:00

In Thailand, they hold hands on main street. And other cultural quirks.

Interview: The end of the affair

2005-09-14 00:00:00

Romance dies in the Asian heat, on the other hand, there are plenty of fish on the 'er beach.

Interview: Evil to the core

2005-09-01 00:00:00

Why apples are truly the forbidden fruit. Olaf Tyaransen outlines the view from Thailand.

Interview: In Pol Pot's shadow

2005-08-15 00:00:00

A ‘visa run’ to Cambodia reveals a country crippled by poverty.

Interview: In Pol Pot's shadow

2005-08-15 00:00:00

A ‘visa run’ to Cambodia reveals a country crippled by poverty.

Interview: In Pol Pot's shadow

2005-08-15 00:00:00

A ‘visa run’ to Cambodia reveals a country crippled by poverty.

Interview: Temporarily Thairish: Joker's Wild

2005-08-08 00:00:00

Having a right royal laugh at monarchies is all very well in what we loosley describe as the free west, but Olaf Tyransen is alarmed to find it's no laughing matter in Thailand

Interview: Temporarily Thairish: True stories

2005-07-21 00:00:00

In which the saga of the anal gum-smggler provokes controversy and more....

Interview: By Gum!

2005-07-04 00:00:00

A trip to Singapore proves to be a little sticky.

Interview: Buffalo Soldier

2005-06-10 00:00:00

In which Olaf Tyaransen comes face to face with a raging bull, declares war on the neighbourhood dogs and undergoes the Thai rite of passage that is surviving a motorbike accident.

Interview: Temporarily Thairish

2005-05-11 00:00:00

In Which Olaf Takes Up DJing

Interview: Temporarily Thairish

2005-04-28 00:00:00

This fortnight, Olaf Tyaransen bravely overcomes his homesickness and takes a trip to the mainland – only to have two Thai hoodlums break into this hotel room and a tatooed Welshman offer him some opium. Oh dear…

Interview: There Must Be Something In The Water

2005-04-19 00:00:00

Accused of writing too much about prostitutes, knickers and drugs, our man in Thailand focuses instead on ice cubes, noble fishermen – and the fresh threat of a tsunami. By Olaf Tyaransen.

Interview: Temporarily Thairish

2005-03-21 00:00:00

Intrepid explorer Olaf Tyaransen stops scratching his arse long enough to detail his ongoing struggle with mosquito bites, view a DVD package of Tsunami footage and inadvertently attend a Thai funeral.

Interview: Temporarily Thairish

2005-03-04 00:00:00

An Occasional Column By A Man In A Skirt. By Olaf Tyaransen

Frontlines: Anti-Drug Laws Are Part Of The Problem

2005-02-16 00:00:00

Crime, we are told, is flourishing in Ireland as never before. All the more reason, then, to change the law on drugs. By Olaf Tyaransen.

Interview: Wise Guys!

2005-02-07 00:00:00

Olaf Tyaransen recalls some memorable meetings with remarkable men – and women! – that lead to the Palace Of Wisdom.

Interview: Grumpy Young Men

2005-01-17 00:00:00

Purveyors of pristine psych-pop, cult rock heroes and musical innovators par excellence – Mercury Rev may be many things, but garrulous interviewees they certainly aren’t. Frontman Jonathan Donahue grants hotpress an audience and grudgingingly opens up enough to discuss music, religion, quantum theory and the delicate balance between commercial success and artistic integrity.

Interview: The Life of Brian

2005-01-10 00:00:00

From stardom with Westlife to the breakup of his marriage, and a subsequent attempt to kickstart his solo career, Brian McFadden had an extraordinarily eventful year. With his private life routinely splashed all over the tabloids and controversy currently raging over everything from his latest video to his admiration for Nirvana, he remains in the eye of the storm. In a candid interview with hotpress, he discusses living his life in the media spotlight, his decision to leave Westlife, drink, drugs, sex and the continuing fallout from his break-up with his wife Kerry.

Interview: Wayne & Able

2004-12-01 00:00:00

Over the past five years, Oklahoma psych-pop practitioners The Flaming Lips have become perhaps the foremost cult band of their generation. Olaf Tyaransen caught up with the Lips’ main man Wayne Coyne at the Jack Daniels birthday bash in Tennessee to discuss life, love, major label patronage and the vexed question of whether or not there’s life on Mars.

Interview: Bonfire Of The Vanities

2004-11-24 00:00:00

For close to a decade, Lillie’s Bordello has been the nightclub of choice for the famous and not-so-famous of Dublin cultural life. But with the passing of the Celtic Tiger era and the current uncertainty over the club’s future, can Lillie’s retain its position as the capital’s number one celebrity haunt?

Interview: The Secret Of His Success

2004-10-29 00:00:00

Ireland’s biggest transatlantic TV star, Graham Norton has come a long way from his humble beginnings in Bandon. In his new tell-all autobiography, So Me, Norton writes about his tumultuous rise to the top, living in the media spotlight, keeping A-list company and coping with emotional upheaval. “It’s an uncertain time in my life,” he tells Olaf Tyaransen.

Album: Mind, Body & Soul

2004-10-13 00:00:00

Stone has a truly great voice but there’s little or no truth in these songs. When she sings over these well crafted Philly, Miami and Detroit soul grooves, she’s not really singing from the heart.

Interview: REM as Buck would have it

2004-10-13 00:00:00

They are one of the most interesting and enigmatic groups in rock. They are also one of the biggest, with a string of multi-million selling albums to their credit. But they don’t like interviews much, making themselves available for only a handful in Europe to coincide with the release of their new album Around The Sun. Once Peter Buck sits down opposite a microphone, however, a different face of REM reveals itself, as he talks eloquently about life, family, downloads, air rage, Iraq, Bush – and The Thrills.

Album: Danny the Dog OST

2004-10-12 00:00:00

The soundtrack to Louis Leterrier’s movie Danny The Dog (a martial arts thriller starring Bob Hoskins, Morgan Freeman and Jet Li), this is more of an interesting side project than a real album. Think Passengers, only without any lyrics.

Interview: This Monky's gone to heaven

2004-10-12 00:00:00

With the release of their hugely impressive Turbulence album, LA/Irish outfit Saucy Monky have emerged as genuine contenders. As the critical plaudits continue to mount up, twin lead vocalists and songwriters Cynthia Catania and Annmarie Cullen step up to the mic.

Album: Before The Poison

2004-10-08 00:00:00

Here’s the pitch. Take one ’60s pin-up turned crawler from the ’70s wreckage turned Weimar Republican and furnish her with a body of songs drawn from co-writes with and original compositions by PJ Harvey and Nick Cave.

Album: Unwritten

2004-10-01 00:00:00

This debut offering from new BMG signing Natasha Bedingfield – a rather gorgeous, twentysomething, South Londoner of Kiwi extraction – opens promisingly enough. Current single ‘These Words’ is already a massive radio hit, and deservedly so.

Live: Live review at Sheflin's, Waterford

2004-08-31 00:00:00

As their name implies, Widescreen obviously have their eyes on the bigger picture.

Interview: Lord Henry Mountcharles

2004-08-27 00:00:00

An aristocrat turned rock’n’roll promoter, Lord Henry Mountcharles has been one of the most intriguing figures in Irish public life over the past twenty years. On the eve of Madonna’s hugely anticipated gig at Slane Castle, Mountcharles talks to Hot Press about his priviledged upbringing, studying at Harvard, running for electoral office, experimenting with drugs, meeting U2, Guns n’ Roses and David Bowie, and his encounters with UFO's. Photography Cathal Dawson

Album: Deep Inside The Sound Of Sadness

2004-08-26 00:00:00

This isn’t a particularly inventive record but with songs as honest, true and heartfelt as these, you don’t need to resort to musical trickery.

Album: Medulla

2004-08-23 00:00:00

Experimental and ethereal, this is highly unlikely to dominate the daytime playlists.

Interview: Firestarter

2004-08-13 00:00:00

Meet Larry Harvey, the man behind burning man, the world’s most extraordinary festival, in which a whole city, run as a gift economy, springs up in the arid nevada desert to celebrate creativity, non-conformism and the healing power of fire.

Album: The Concretes

2004-07-28 00:00:00

With a sound as unique and original as this, The Concretes certainly won’t be everybody’s cup of tea, but if you’re a fan of cockeyed waltzes, broken-hearted ballads and wonderfully warm and uplifting pop melodies, then you won’t be wasting your money.

Interview: Mary Lou McDonald

2004-07-02 00:00:00

Columnist Kevin Myers called her “our pretty little she-shinner” but an unimpressed Mary Lou McDonald insists that her party is actually run by a group of formidable women. She also reveals that she believes Gerry Adams when he says he was never in the IRA, defends Sinn Fein’s fund-raising, discusses the release of Jerry McCabe’s killers, and names her least favourite irish politicians. plus: the newly elected MEP’s views on drink, drugs, music, media, religion, and more.

Album: A Time & Place

2004-06-25 00:00:00

You definitely won’t regret adding A Time & Place to your collection. Julian may not be offering anything particularly new or original here but, standing on the shoulders of a giant, he admirably succeeds in not falling off.

Album: Meltdown

2004-06-01 00:00:00

Recorded in sunny California, under the sonic supervision of Nick ‘Foo Fighters’ Raskulinecz, Ash’s fourth studio album is one big-sounding, drums-pounding, amps-to-eleven, NOISY MOTHERFUCKER of a record (as the irate neighbour said to the policeman).

Interview: Hot Press interview: Neil Jordan

2004-05-24 00:00:00

It’s been ten years since his last novel, but Neil Jordan has now reprised his role as one of Ireland’s finest contemporary prose writers with the dark gothic drama, Shade. In a wide-ranging interview with Olaf Tyaransen the Oscar-winning writer/director discusses the challenges of literary craftsmanship, swimming with sharks in Hollywood, working with Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, his disinterest in celebrity and why Ireland continues to be his preferred place of residence.

Interview: "Life, beer, crisps, shite!"

2004-05-20 00:00:00

From a dodgy mobile phone (allegedly) on an English motorway (apparently) Dylan Moran tells Olaf Tyaransen about his Dublin-based show (reluctantly).

Interview: Locked in the arms of a cracked life

2004-03-22 00:00:00

There’s no drink or drugs for Tommy Tiernan these days, but you couldn’t say his life is uneventful. In conversation with Olaf Tyaransen, the comedian reflects on tabloid interest in his private life, the night he had to get away from Jordan, the future for post-Catholic Ireland and the genius of Flann O’Brien and James Joyce. All this plus the unveiling of the secret tattoo. Photography by Mick Quinn.

Frontlines: Wake up and smell the cannabis

2004-02-26 00:00:00

The reclassification of cannabis in Britain was a good day for the UK’s estimated five million users. But not a great day. A drug that is much less damaging than alcohol or tobacco remains illegal in most parts of the world, including Ireland, a situation which criminalises the user and benefits only the criminal gangs. It’s high time for a change, argues Olaf Tyaransen.

Interview: Burning desire

2004-02-25 00:00:00

Brushing shoulders with the likes of Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and Bertie Ahern is currently all in a day’s work for hugely acclaimed singer-songwriter, Juliet Turner. But, as she tells Hot Press, the singer’s Northern Methodist upbringing has left her with a distaste for the spotlight and an overwhelming desire for creative and personal independence.

Interview: United States of Stand

2004-02-02 00:00:00

The fascinating story of how four Tallaght schoolfriends – and unofficial fifth member Shuggy – made a new home and a career playing music in the USA. All with a little help from their many friends.

Interview: DBC Pierre: The Interview

2004-01-23 00:00:00

The legend of the booker prize-winning author is of a life of fear and loathing and bad craziness that not even Hunter S. Thompson would dare to invent. But the truth is even stranger than the fiction. From a pampered mexican childhood through lost family fortunes, doomed movie ventures, alleged swindling, a couple of convictions and a serious drug habit, Peter Finlay has re-emerged atop a mountain in Leitrim, a little god of the literary world. Interview Olaf Tyaransen Photo: Nick Hitchcox

Interview: Ryan Tubridy: The Interview

2004-01-13 00:00:00

The "youngest old fogey" in the country, at the tender age of 30, Ryan Tubridy has clambered halfway up the greasy pole of rte, having gone from making gerry ryan's coffee to presenting the rose of tralee in record time. as his Full Lounge album, a spin-off from his Full Irish breakfast show hits the stores, he talks personal and professional politics with Olaf Tyaransen.

Interview: Ryan Tubridy

2004-01-13 00:00:00

The "youngest old fogey" in the country, at the tender age of 30, Ryan Tubridy has clambered halfway up the greasy pole of rte, having gone from making gerry ryanÕs coffee to presenting the rose of tralee in record time. as his Full Lounge album, a spin-off from his Full Irish breakfast show hits the stores, he talks personal and professional politics with Olaf Tyaransen.

Album: Lead us not into Temptation [Young Adam OST]

2003-12-17 00:00:00

Although David Byrne’s Lead Us Not Into Temptation is composed almost entirely of moody incidental music, it’s still a work of art in its own right and easily the best movie score I’ve heard this century.

Interview: What a short strange trip!

1998-12-10 00:00:00

It’s bad behaviour and combustible substances ahoy, as Olaf Tyaransen joins the Mary Janes on a magical mystery tour. Compromising pix: Peter Mathews

Frontlines: The picture of Sebastian Horsley

2003-12-10 00:00:00

Has he gone too far this time? The man who had himself crucified for his art has now alienated some of his closest friends and admirers by mailing them a photograph of himself having sex with an amputee.

Interview: Cupla folklore

2003-12-05 00:00:00

Nelly Furtado talks culture, politics and motherhood.

Frontlines: The Hot Press Interview: Royston Brady

2003-11-14 00:00:00

He has already courted controversy with comments about lapdancing and criticisms of Michael McDowell and Michael Martin. now, in this candid interview with Olaf Tyaransen, the new Lord Mayor of Dublin lets fly at the Taoiseach's brother, Noel Ahern; recalls wild days in the hotel trade and Amsterdam; talks about the depths of his despair following his father's death; and reveals how he was more likely to become a tap-dancer than a member of Boyzone. photos: Mick Quinn

Interview: Candace Bushnell

2003-11-03 00:00:00

In 1993 she was broke, broken-hearted and reaching for a gun. Ten years on she’s a rich, famous, happily married author, celebrated worldwide as the creator of Sex And The City. Candace Bushnell tells Olaf Tyaransen how she got from there to here – even if she claims she still can’t write good sex!

Interview: Gerry Adams

2003-10-15 00:00:00

There’s no pipe of peace – in fact no pipe at all from the non-smoking sinn féin leader – as Olaf Tyaransen asks if, given Osama Bin Laden’s use of terror as a political weapon, Gerry Adams might not have some sympathy for the world’s most wanted man. that question and other contentious queries relating to the IRA, Jean McConville and the murder of Garda Jerry McCabe are dealt with in an interview which also takes in Eoghan Harris, George Bush and Bono, and ends with the interviewee humming a familiar Monty Python tune.

Interview: Paddy Casey: This Is Your Life

2003-10-13 00:00:00

Released in 1999 Paddy Casey’s debut album went double-platinum, establishing him as one of Ireland’s brightest prospects. but the intervening four years have seen that crown slip, as a succession of homegrown singer songwriters battled their way into contention, outstripping him in terms of record sales – and hard graft. now casey is back in the frame, with his long-waited follow-up, the cheekily titled Living – an album that sees him gloriously back on top of his game. why did it take four years to make? the answer to that burning question may go back even further. because Paddy Casey’s life story is truly a remarkable one.

Interview: Ciaran Cuffe

2003-10-06 00:00:00

Ciaran Cuffe [right by Mick Quinn] doesn’t look much like a typical Teachta Dala. So little so, in fact, that when the Green Party TD comes out to greet photographer Mick Quinn and myself in a guarded reception area in Leinster House, we simply don’t recognise him. He just doesn’t look the part.

Interview: Essexual Healing

2003-09-16 00:00:00

He's come a long way, baby - once a poster-boy for rampant hedonistic excess, Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan has since settled down and learned to channel his energies into the area in which he excels, haunting, dream-like though reliably attitudinal - rock n roll.

Interview: All You Need Is Love

2003-09-05 00:00:00

Falling in love not only altered David Kitt’s heart but helped reshape his musical vision. Olaf Tyaransen visits his home cum studio and hears about the family affair that is his new album and how meeting Poppy reawakened his love of pop. all this and why the son of a Minister opposes the smoking ban! Photography Roger Woolman.

Live: MTV Isle Of Dance - Paradise Island

2003-09-03 00:00:00

Isle Of Dance was one of MTV Europe’s biggest summer soirees, but the fringe attractions often outweighed the music.

Commentary: You're Nic-ed!

2003-08-22 00:00:00

Olaf Tyaransen is concerned about the likely consequences of a ban on smoking in prisons.

Interview: 1 Thrill Communication

2003-08-22 00:00:00

It sounds like the stuff of hype and overnight success – from struggling garage band to next big thing and accolades from noel gallagher, morrissey and bono – but even at an average age of 23 The Thrills have paid their dues. Olaf Tyaransen hears how the summer’s hottest band went from worshipping whipping boy to having beck’s da play on their debut album.

Frontlines: Did Veronica Guerin’s death change anything?

2003-07-29 00:00:00

While the end of the eponymous film might give the impression that organised crime and hard drugs disappeared from Ireland after the reporter’s death, latest garda figures offer a very different picture. And the harsh reality, many insist, is even worse.

Interview: West behaviour

2003-07-02 00:00:00

Meeting the Pope, marriage to the Taoiseach’s daughter, the trouble with relationships, why they couldn’t have a hit with Bono, bad language on kids’ telly, golf in drugs out, Louis’ biggest lie and other tales from the lives of Westlife.

Interview: Metallica: Mixed Grill

2003-06-26 00:00:00

Sex, drugs, rock ’n’ roll, George Bush, religion, torture, hangovers and, of course, the smelliest member of the band. The readers leave no stone unturned as they seek the truth from Kirk Hammett. Your host Olaf Tyaransen

Album: Paper Monsters

2003-06-12 00:00:00

Unsurprisingly the overall mood is fairly airy and ambient, but a couple of tracks pack a musical punch reminiscent of Mode at their angriest.

Live: Paul McCartney

2003-06-11 00:00:00

Very few performers can hold a massive crowd rapt with lengthy anecdotes about hotel masseurs or self-deprecating tales of teenage pretentiousness but, at times, he almost makes you forget that this is supposed to be a concert.

Interview: The inside dope

2003-06-03 00:00:00

Already biggish in Boston, Galway’s Charis have a new album out that should enchant the folks at home.

Interview: Paraic Breathnach

2003-05-27 00:00:00

He’s been many things: a roadie with De Danann, a carpenter with Druid, a founder of the world-famous Macnas theatre group and, not least, a six-foot four-inch Connemara man in a skirt and self-styled “cranky fuck”. But now Paraic Breathnach spends a lot of his time crying tears of rage. Olaf Tyaransen finds him down but definitely not out. Portrait Aengus McMahon

Album: Untended Stories

2003-06-03 00:00:00

Although Martin Finke’s fourth album proper is called Untended Stories, a more apt title might have been Bar-tended Stories.

Interview: Unforgettable fire

2003-05-21 00:00:00

Why has a festival in the Nevada desert become one of the hippest happenings in the world? Irish director Dearbhla Glynn went “beyond camping” and survived to film the event and tell Olaf Tyaransen the tale

Album: Winterflower

2003-05-06 00:00:00

Frontman John Conneely sings with a maturity and world-weariness that belies his relative youth, expertly backed by guitarist Eoin McCann, who plays his six strings with Joycean musical trickery.

Interview: Hector O hEochagain

2003-04-30 00:00:00

His TV breakthrough came when he told Pat Kenny about how he hung weights from his penis. Since then it’s been wild globetrotting and fluent Irish all the way. And now, in his latest spectacular for the viewing public, Hector O hEochagain has only gone and bought himself a share in a racehorse.

Interview: Dave Fanning

2003-04-02 00:00:00

One of the most familiar faces and voices in Irish broadcasting, Dave Fanning has interviewed just about every rock and movie star worth knowing. But here Olaf Tyaransen goes behind the public image to unearth some of his more secret history: working with the disgraced “Captain” Cooke; nude interviewing with U2; getting ripped off by the nanny; and much more.

Live: The Four Of Us

2003-03-20 00:00:00

Of all (the) The Four Of Us’s recent re-inventions, this one is by far the most convincing, and likely to break them out of their rock and roll rut.

Interview: The L&H society

2003-03-13 00:00:00

That’s Lynch, Katherine and Hamilton, Sheila, a comedy duo who are being hailed as the “Irish French And Saunders”.

Commentary: My cocaine highs: A personal testimony

2003-03-05 00:00:00

Olaf Tyaransen on his own years in the snowblind wilderness

Interview: The truth about cocaine

2003-03-05 00:00:00

Make no mistake about it, cocaine is more widely available in Ireland than at any time in the past. But is it the nasty, evil and dangerous drug of tabloid legend? In this Special Hot Press Report, Olaf Tyaransen goes behind the myths to uncover the history of, and the facts about, what has been dubbed the Champagne Drug. He talks to the Gardai and to dealers – and offers an honest assessment, from his own personal experience, of the drug that's widely used by musicians, media types, accountants, advertising execs and lawyers.

Interview: Good days at the office

2003-02-26 00:00:00

From dark age to middle age, Nick Cave is such a far cry from the blood-spilling junkie of rock legend that these days you’re likely to encounter him commuting to his 9 to 5. Except of course that his job is writing and making music, his new album is called Nocturama and there are, he admits, some sizeable blow-outs in the memory banks.

Album: Phrenology

2003-02-05 00:00:00

Phrenology is a musical melting pot of diverse styles and influences that never quite stays in the same groove long enough for you to be able to properly pin it down.

Interview: Back behind bars

2003-01-31 00:00:00

Otis Lee Crenshaw might shortly be returned to jail in dublin but his alter ego Rich Hall will remain at liberty to crack us up.

Interview: Sebastian Horsley

2003-01-22 00:00:00

A self-styled dandy, painter, writer and poseur, Sebastian Horsley seems to do everything to excess – whether that be drink, drugs, sex, sending shit to a critic or, literally, being crucified for his art. Olaf Tyaransen hears about his agony and ecstasy.

Interview: I suppose a bride is out of the question?

2003-01-10 00:00:00

Olaf Tyaransen travels east to investigate the mail-order bride business in the Ukraine and returns with a story of love, lust, laughs, paranoia, despair and hope. An extract from ‘To Ukraine For Love’, a featured piece in Olaf’s acclaimed new collection of journalism Sex Lines – Adventures In The Erotic Underground

Interview: The spain event

2002-12-16 00:00:00

The MTV Europe Music Awards 2002 may have been a bit of a damp squib, but an electrifying Foo Fighters, a boards-sweeping Eminem and a nekkid Christina Aguilera prevented it from being a total washout.

Interview: Mumba one with a bullet

2002-12-12 00:00:00

Pop star, movie star, UNICEF youth ambassador – Samantha Mumba has already packed a lot into her young life (including a secret boyfriend!) and the stakes are constantly being raised

Interview: Dunphy vs. Myers

2002-12-11 00:00:00

Interview: Eamon Dunphy

2002-12-11 00:00:00

In the week in which he finished up his radio show, Ireland’s most (in)famous broadcaster/journalist has the last word On Roy Keane, Mick Mccarthy, John Giles, Kevin Myers, Vincent Browne and a whole lot more.

Interview: Closer to the Edge

2002-12-04 00:00:00

With a new 'best of' bringing the band's story up to date U2's guitar man steps forward to riff on good times and bad, the private life of a public figure, discovering the secrets of the universe on mushrooms and why, after all these years, few things match the high of being a member of U2. Special members edition: "director's cut" featuring interview sections unavailable anywhere else.

Interview: Close to The Edge

2002-12-04 00:00:00

With a new ‘Best Of’ bringing the band’s story up to date, U2’s guitar man steps forward to riff on good times and bad, the private life of a public figure, discovering the secrets of the universe on mushrooms, and why, after all these years, few things match the high of being a member of U2

Interview: Remembering Mic

2002-11-29 00:00:00

A year after Mic Christopher’s untimely death, his family and friends are celebrating his life and music with the release of his Skylarkin’ album and a star-studded gala live performance

Interview: Dolly Parton

2002-11-27 00:00:00

The grand dame of country and western music tells Olaf Tyaransen about her enduring passion for her music, her attachment to her tennessee roots, the ups and downs of her 36-year marriage and her ambitions to record an album of traditional Irish tunes

Interview: Gray expectations

2002-11-20 00:00:00

First there was the bad shit then the mad shit – the biggest-selling album in Irish history, an international hit and a record you hear “in every shoe shop”. So, having climbed the white ladder to phenomenal success, how does David Gray follow that?

Interview: Pushing the envelope

2002-11-06 00:00:00

With the launch of a commemorative series of Irish postage stamps celebrating four of the nation's most important rock legends, we revisit some of the seminal moments in the careers of Phil Lynott, Rory Gallagher, Van Morrison and - first - U2

Interview: This is hardcore

2002-10-18 00:00:00

He’s spent the past few years hanging out with Kate Moss and Primal Scream, but now it’s time for Irvine Welsh to look up some old pals. Yup, Begbie, Spud, Renton and Sick Boy are back in Porno, an XXX-rated tale which makes Trainspotting look like Harry Potter

Frontlines: David Ervine

2002-10-16 00:00:00

A former member of the UVF, David Ervine was jailed in 1974 on explosives charges. His paramilitary past notwithstanding, he has emerged in recent years as one of the most impressive politicians in Northern Ireland. The subject of a new biography by Henry Sinnerton, here he talks about Johnny Adair, drink, drugs, his family and the crisis facing Unionism that threatens to derail the peace process

Commentary: Olaf takes a trip

2002-09-30 00:00:00

Our correspondent road-tests a rare but legal herb which might offer him an epic, life-affirming religious moment or make him feel like a mere atom in a speck of dirt up some earthworm's arse. How did he fare? Read on...

Commentary: A day in the life of a sex shop

2002-07-09 00:00:00

24-inch, 'raging hard', double-ended dildos ahoy - this is the full, behind the counter account of the shelf gratificaton to be found in your friendly, local Dublin sex emporium

Interview: David Elio Malocco

2002-09-17 00:00:00

A once high-flying solicitor who was jailed for fraud, David Elio Malocco is now a budget film-maker with a strong anti-establishment view, a man who says he has swapped a "disgraceful" materialistic lifestyle for a social conscience. Here, he talks about crime, punishment, Sinn Fein, Shelbourne, God and the movies

Interview: Michel Houellebecq

2002-08-06 00:00:00

His novel "Atomised" was a controversial pornographic parable and its follow-up platforme led to him being denounced by Muslims and going into hiding, while his wife endured a nervous breakdown. Notoriously difficult, the County Cork-based French author here discusses – between pauses – monogamy, open marriages, drugs, politics, literature, the World Cup and his desire to be a wolf

Album: Heathen Chemistry

2002-06-20 00:00:00

For the most part, that's what this album is - simple rock 'n’ roll music, best heard whilst drunk and with your mates, however, they're still sounding a lot more melodic and tuneful here than they have in years

Interview: Chemical Brother

2002-06-19 00:00:00

Responsible dad or not, Liam Gallagher is still capable of some serious rock’n’roll hellraising and giving good quote. Roy Keane, Patsy Kensit, Nicole Appleton, Yoko Ono, Bono and magic mushrooms are all on the agenda as the Oasis singer shoots from the hip. Getting the beers in: Olaf Tyaransen

Interview: Turning over an old leaf

2002-04-24 00:00:00

Author Robert Sabbag has made his name as a dynamic chronicler of the shadowy world of drug smuggling. Olaf Tyaransen hears about his difficulties and successes on the trail of the white powder and gold weed

Interview: Allen Long

2002-04-02 00:00:00

Allen Long put his own life on the line, smuggling dope from Colombia to the US in massive quantities. The business made him wealthy and gave him a taste for both the good life and the fast, white powder. But then it all went wrong: after some years on the run, Long was caught and sentenced to five years in jail. Now author Robert Sabbag has put his extraordinary story in print. hotpress meets "the American Howard Marks"

London Calling: Global a Joe Joe

2002-02-12 00:00:00

He may have gone from The Clash to the BBC World Service, but, happily, Joe Strummer is still a self-proclaimed "Loony and Rebel" after all these years.

Interview: Global A Joe Joe

2002-02-05 00:00:00

He may have gone from The Clash to the BBC World Service but, happily, Joe Strummer is still a self-proclaimed "loony and rebel" after all these years. Interview: Olaf Tyaransen

Interview: Conrad Gallagher

2001-09-27 00:00:00

The rise and fall of chef CONRAD GALLAGHER was Icarus-like – one moment the toast of Dublin’s glitterati, the next a virtual pariah. but unlike Icarus, Gallagher has fought his way back, bloodied but unbowed and determined to pay off all his debts Interview: OLAF TYARANSEN

Live: Sing when we’re winning

2001-09-13 00:00:00

The second Slane show was such a spirited and spiritual affair you couldn’t fail to be as uplifted (or should that be elevated?) by it

Interview: Ulick O'Connor

2001-09-13 00:00:00

Famously opinionated Dubliner and textbook Renaissance man, ULICK O'CONNOR still has plenty to say about everything – even if RTE, he claims, don’t want to hear about it. following the recent publication of his first volume of diaries, the great man offers his views on marriage, drugs, the North, art, corruption, wild times in the Chelsea hotel and more. Words: OLAF TYARANSEN

Interview: Blowing back to front

2001-09-13 00:00:00

After a lengthy silence, TRICKY is back with an impressively upbeat new album. But the man himself still insists on going against the grain. Here he talks about his aversion to celebrityhood, his dislike of the music biz, his fondness for Bryan Adams and Bono, and how he copes with the terrible burden of having hundreds of women who want to have sex with him. Interview: OLAF TYARANSEN

Comedy: 2nd part of article

2001-08-30 00:00:00

Now dressed in school uniforms, Sara and Julie remained bent over the chairs throughout the second session, and first received 24 hand slaps and then another 24 with implements from each individual spanker (I used a worn slipper and a leather tawse, if you’re interested).

Reports: Never Mind The Buttocks

2001-08-30 00:00:00

Olaf Tyaransen travels to london to find out why spanking is as quintessentially english as roast beef and yorkshire pudding. “i’m not saying what we do at our parties is normal but it’s not abnormal either,” he’s told. this is his own hands-on account of all that you can’t leave behind

Interview: Catatonic for the troops

2001-08-02 00:00:00

After a lengthy period spent "feeding my brain" CERYS MATTHEWS insists she’s really "up for it" again. Although our stop press news suggests her optimism may be slightly premature. Meantime, OLAF TYARANSEN hears about love, politics, presidents, boy bands and CATATONIA's best album yet

Album: Origin Of Symmetry

2001-06-21 00:00:00

Essentially a brilliantly produced heavy metal record with lots of strange moments, Origin Of Symmetry will undoubtedly propel Muse further upwards in their quest for stardom

Album: There Is Hope

2001-06-07 00:00:00

Love’s tough when it doesn’t work out. Most of us have been there. Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy chases girl… and fails to win her heart back. Where does boy (or girl, for that matter) go from there?

Interview: Tom Kitt

2001-05-24 00:00:00

Fianna Fail TD, guitar player, marathon runner and father of David, TOM KITT on: Charlie, Beverly, Liam, Bertie, Carr Communications, drink, dope, religion, protest singing and the high regard in which he holds his famous son. Interview: OLAF TYARANSEN. Photography: MELLA TRAVERS

Album: Sly ... Robbie With Howie B

1999-02-17 00:00:00

MUCH AS I love Howie B's music, I absolutely hate reviewing his records. Mr. Bernstein creates soundscapes the way Monet created lanscapes and, like Rorschach tests, they can mean completely different things to different people. They can also mean different things to the same people at different times, depending on moon, setting and the amount of spliff consumed.

Interview: The Verve - The Shape Of Things To Come

1998-07-22 00:00:00

With Slane ‘98 rapidly approaching, Olaf Tyaransen travels to Detroit to feast his eyes and ears on new-look festival bill-toppers, The Verve.


1998-07-22 00:00:00

Welcome to Galway . . . now turn out your pockets, face the wall and spread your legs. Olaf Tyaransen reports on how new laws are being used to spoil the party way out west.

Interview: In The Heel Of The Hunt

1998-07-08 00:00:00

Actress, singer, chat show host, Vogue model and girlfriend to Mick Jagger and Marc Bolan – Marsha Hunt was all of these things and more, and survived to tell the tale. And then she became an acclaimed best-selling author. Interview: Olaf Tyaransen. Pix: Mick Quinn


1998-07-08 00:00:00

Each year, the BALLYBUNION BACHELOR FESTIVAL in Co. Kerry sees numerous unattached males flocking to the Kingdom for a week of boozing, carousing and general merry-making, in a vainglorious attempt to prove their bachelorian credentials. OLAF TYARANSEN went along for this year’s ride. Pics (and occasional enraged outbursts): CATHAL DAWSON.

Live: Hot Press/Bacardi Unplugged

1995-02-22 00:00:00

Hot Press/Bacardi Unplugged (Vagabonds, Salthill)

Interview: The Tarantino Of Theatre

1996-12-02 00:00:00

An overnight sensation after ten years and a theatrical star with no special love of the theatre, Martin McDonagh is a playwright with his eyes set firmly on the big screen. Interview: Olaf Tyaransen.

Comedy: D’Unbelievable Fire

1995-02-22 00:00:00

Tom and Jerry have a dream – they want to do for their parish what Bono has done for his. And now that they’ve won the Golden Microphone Award, D’Unbelievables are well on their way to being the biggest thing since Sean Slattery & The Rough Club. Olaf Tyaransen meets the kings of comedy.


1994-12-14 00:00:00

Go on, admit it. You thought you knew it all about the most festive occasion. Wrong, suckers! OLAF TYARANSEN is the man with the definitive lowdown on the Christmas alphabet as he offers his essential guide to surviving the Santa season. Well, with a name like that he’s obviously more in tune with the North Pole, right?

News: A Year in the Life

1994-12-14 00:00:00

How was it for you? The assembled Hot Press writers offer their own opinions on 1994 over the next five pages.

Interview: Jon Ronson

2001-04-12 00:00:00

When writer and documentary film-maker Jon Ronson set out to discover the truth about the secret group which conspiracy theorists believe rules the world, he expected an interesting trip. What he didn’t anticipate was a brain-rattling, five year-long odyssey, by turns wacky and scary, that would bring him into contact with neo-nazis, religious fundamentalists, twelve-foot lizards, Mr burns from The Simpsons, David icke, peter mandelson and, ahem, Ian Paisley. Olaf Tyaransen hears the story that’s coming to a bookshelf and television screen near you. undercover pictorIal evidence: Cathal Dawson


1994-11-16 00:00:00

Olaf Tyaransen reviews the order of business at the Hot Press / IMRO Music Seminar held recently in Nun's Island Centre, Galway.

Album: A Strange Kind

1999-07-07 00:00:00

AS ITS title states, the debut album from Dublin-based singer/songwriter Adrian Crowley is indeed a strange kind of affair.

Album: Unplugged in New York

1994-11-16 00:00:00

NIRVANA: “Unplugged in New York” (GEFFEN)


1994-10-19 00:00:00

But who started it? Olaf Tyaransen went to the final protest march against Britain’s repressive criminal justice bill and found himself reading helpful hints on how to throw a brick with maximum effect before a full-scale riot broke out. This is his report . . .

Album: Definitely, Maybe

1994-09-07 00:00:00

OASIS: “Definitely, Maybe” (Creation)


1994-08-24 00:00:00

THE STUNNING (Warwick Hotel, Salthill)

Album: Kid A

2000-09-28 00:00:00

Ice, ice, baby. The Columbia Glacier in Alaska has retreated nearly 13 kilometres since 1982. In 1999, its retreat rate increased from 25 metres per day to 35 metres per day.

Interview: Reasons to be Cheerful Pt. 2

1994-02-23 00:00:00

There was a time when TOASTED HERETIC’s world view was, to put it mildly, a little on the jaundiced side. Now, though, with the imminent release of their Mindless Optimism album, Galway’s finest look set to put ‘The Year Of The Lawyer’ behind them and prove that while they’re not necessarily the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band in the world, they’re certainly the happiest. Discovering the art of Zen: OLAF TYARANSEN.


1994-02-23 00:00:00

Is coming to take you ... OLAF TYARANSEN goes quietly berserk as the Heineken Roller Coaster Tour hits... Where the hell was it anyway?


1994-01-26 00:00:00

More people smoke it in the UK than go to church, the American law judges admit that it's the safest therapeutically active substance known to man but still the war against cannabis rages on. Olaf Yyaransen examines the vested interests which stand in the way of its legalisation.


1994-01-12 00:00:00

SULTANS OF PING FC (Setanta, Salthill)

Album: Tightrope

1993-12-01 00:00:00

THE STUNNING: “Tightrope” (Solid)

Album: The Black Rider

1993-12-01 00:00:00

The Black Rider is Waits’ strangest album yet and also possibly his strongest.


1993-10-20 00:00:00

IF last week's violenct clashes between members of the travelling community and the good folk of Glenamaddy served any purpose, it was to show what a bunch of fascists, hypocrites and bigots we the (settled) community of Ireland are.


1993-10-06 00:00:00

There are no hidden meanings in the songs and no great messages. Like Julian Cope, they were born to entertain,

Interview: Wall of Sound

1993-10-06 00:00:00

The Stunning's new EP, Deja Voodoo, features cover versions of Beatles, Byrds, Dylan and Captain Beefheart tracks. But what about the more intriguing and embarrassing records that lurk within Steve Wall's collection? Olaf Tyaransen investigates and unearths a few surprises like The Goons, BBC sound effects albums, and ...Barry White?!


1998-06-10 00:00:00

Galway has a proud history of involvement in the arts - a fact which is mirrored in the strong emphasis on the Humanities in the city's most prestigious college, NUI Galway. But the President, DR. PAT FOTTRELL promises that there's more to come in the future. By OLAF TYARANSEN


1993-09-08 00:00:00

Cocooned in the twilight zone of superstardom since he was a child, and living with a father who sexually abused and terrorised his own children, it was no wonder that MICHAEL JACKSON developed some strange tendencies. Why was a thirty-five-year-old man so intent on befriending pre-teenage kids, and whisking them around the world with him? Given Jackson's own transparent childishness, it all seemed so innocent - until accusations of sexually using the children he befriended exploded last month. Reflections: OLAF TYARANSEN


2001-03-29 00:00:00

Shane MacGowan is not happy with the newly published A DRINK WITH SHANE MacGOWAN. for a start, it should be called Several drinks with Shane MacGowan, he points out. Plus there's a lot in it that's "garbled, dodgy and well-suspect". and on top of that, he wouldn't even stand over SOME of HIS OWN opinions AS expressed in the book. in fact, if shane had his way he'd "burn every fucking copy". Olaf Tyaransen tries to get the record straight while, inevitably, getting the drinks in. photography: Mick Quinn

Live: Mouth Music

1993-08-25 00:00:00

SO WHO the fuck are Mouth Music and what the hell do I care anyway? It's a wetly miserable Sunday night, my beautiful girlfriend (honest) is still in England and today's phone call went really badly, the bank is hassling me over an unpaid loan and if this cough is anything to go by then, I've definitely got cancer.


1993-08-25 00:00:00

The pen behind "My Beautiful Launderette" and "Sammy and Rosie Get Laid", HANIF KUREISHI has been treated as an outsider in his home, Britain, and as a traitor by some elements within his own race. But, he maintains, it's the job of the writer to "stir the shit" - and now he's got the fundamentalists in his sights. Interview: OLAF TYARANSEN

Album: Unseen and Unheard

1993-08-11 00:00:00

THE TITLE says it all really. Snowblind Waltz are four guys from Galway who, in the three years or so that they've been together, have played only a handful of gigs, recorded two outstanding demos and otherwise rarely gone outside of their (undoubtedly gloomy) bedsits.


1993-08-11 00:00:00

The sheer quality, not to mention quantity, of the GALWAY ARTS FESTIVAL once more triumphed over inadequate facilities. OLAF TYARANSEN reflects on a cultural banquet.

Interview: My Regeneration

2001-03-15 00:00:00

New album, new look, new attitude: having turned the big three-oh, DIVINE COMEDY's Neil Hannon says he's much more sure of his place in the world. "Basically, the one thing I have to offer humanity is a good time with interesting words," he tells Olaf Tyaransen. Divine camera intervention: MICK QUINN

Interview: "I've always been a storyteller"

1998-04-15 00:00:00

From running a restaurant to writing best-sellers, Sara Sheridan has made the ricky business of career transformation look easy. Olaf Tyaransen catches up with an old friend in a new situation.

Interview: Publish and be Damned

1998-04-29 00:00:00

The publication of EMILY O'REILLY's Veronica Guerin: The Life And Death Of A Crime Reporter, has stirred up a hornet's nest in Irish media circles, with journalistic heavyweights such as Paddy Prendeville, Vincent Browne and Gene Kerrigan queueing up to take pot-shots at the author. Here, she takes the opportunity to answer her critics. Interview: OLAF TYARANSEN. Pics: COLM HENRY

Interview: Death Becomes Him

1998-05-13 00:00:00

The master of the historical psychological thriller, CALEB CARR's own life has not been short of drama. Here, he talks to OLAF TYARANSEN about growing up with the Beats and the shock of discovering that his father was a convicted murderer. Pics: Mick Quinn

Interview: Death Becomes Him

1998-05-13 00:00:00

The master of the historical psychological thriller, CALEB CARR's own life has not been short of drama. Here, he talks to OLAF TYARANSEN about growing up with the Beats and the shock of discovering that his father was a convicted murderer. Pics: Mick Quinn

Interview: Death Becomes Him

1998-05-13 00:00:00

The master of the historical psychological thriller, CALEB CARR's own life has not been short of drama. Here, he talks to OLAF TYARANSEN about growing up with the Beats and the shock of discovering that his father was a convicted murderer. Pics: Mick Quinn


1998-05-13 00:00:00

Photographer JILL FURMANOVSKY has snapped and shuttered virtually all of the rock industry's big names during her illustrious 25-year carrer, from U2 to Dylan to Miles Davis. Her latest subjects are Oasis, who she's "spent three years having an absolute ball with." olaf tyaransen caught up with her. Pic: Colm Henry

Interview: Plutonium Blonde

1999-11-24 00:00:00

Olaf Tyaransen sings the reunion city blues as an unhappy DEBBIE HARRY forces him to take the scenic route through the rise, fall and rise of BLONDIE. But, hey, it all ends happily ever after...

Album: The Menace

2000-03-16 00:00:00

It's been five whole years to the month since Elastica released their eponymous, million-selling debut so I guess you could say they've been away for a long stretch (sorry, couldn't resist!).

Interview: The Lil' Ol' Gal From Texas

2000-12-15 00:00:00

Fresh (or rather wrecked) from playing with Madonna, SHARLEEN SPITERI reflects on a year of greatest hits. Interview: OLAF TYARANSEN

Interview: Jonathan Rhys-Myers

2000-11-23 00:00:00

Hailed as one of the UK s hottest young talents, and having appeared in such successes as Michael Collins, The Magnificent Abersons, and Velvet Goldmine, Jonathan Rhys-Myers is in fact Dublin-born and raised in Cork. OLAF TYARANSEN met the rising star. Thesp Behaviour: Peter Matthews

Commentary: The Bard Stripped Bare

2000-11-23 00:00:00

With The Story Of O, poet and journalist OLAF TYARANSEN has written an Irish memoir like no other before, a remarkable, powerful, controversial and outrageously funny book that s set to catapult him into the literary limelight and to the top of the best-sellers lists over the coming weeks. If you think that the accompanying pix tell the naked truth, just wait till you read the book. Ireland s first outlaw autobiography, it s an uncompromisingly confessional tale of literature, sex, drugs, rock n roll and rebellion. But it is also a beautifully-written tour-de-force, a love story that will entertain, shock and move readers. In this short extract, the author battered by the rigours of his pro-cannabis election campaign and broken-hearted by the apparent collapse of a long-term relationship goes completely off the rails. Nude portraits: MICK QUINN


1998-03-18 00:00:00

For a man who was working in Galway nightclubs and renting damp rooms in dilapidated hotels at the turn of the decade, PERRY BLAKE hasn t done too badly since. After releasing two acclaimed singles for Polydor, he s now set fair to emerge as one of Ireland s brightest new songwriting talents. OLAF TYARANSEN hears his intriguing story.

Interview: Aussie Rules

1998-03-18 00:00:00

A crack team of collaborators and advisors including Nick Cave, Bono and James Dean Bradfield have ensured that Antipodean indie princess KYLIE MINOGUE is virtually unrecognisable from the fresh-faced teenager who made the breakthrough from Ramsay Street to recording studio back in 1987. Interveiw: OLAF TYARANSEN.

Interview: Borea Opportunities

1998-03-04 00:00:00

David bickley, aka Mobius of hyper[borea], tells Olaf Tyaransen about dance music as gaeilge, Bronze Age atmospheres and how he came to throw his Hot Press Award off a cliff.


1998-02-04 00:00:00

From hip replacement to hip and onto hip-hop, the second coming of texas has been one of the most unlikely artistic and commercial triumphs of recent years. But as olaf Tyaransen discovers, the new-look sharleen spiteri remains very much her old self.

Main Event: U2 The Final frontier

2000-10-26 00:00:00

Well when you've conquered the world, what else can the biggest band on the planet do except go into space? BONO and LARRY discuss matters cosmic and personal with Olaf Tyaransen


1997-10-15 00:00:00

Tom Foote came to writing late in life but in Undertow he s produced a fast-moving maritime thriller which reflects his own personal obsessions. Interview: Olaf Tyaransen. PIX: AONGUS McMAHON

Interview: No More Mr. Nice Guys

1995-12-13 00:00:00

Well, okay, it's SOMETHING HAPPENS, so that's overstating it a bit. Still, having taken a fair few industry beatings over the years, the band are no longer inclined to simply turn the other cheek. At the end of a year in which they toured the States with Warren Zevon, released a "Best Of ..." and are bringing it all back home for Christmas, Olaf Tyaransen finds the band can snarl as well as smile.


1997-10-15 00:00:00

Tom Foote came to writing late in life but in Undertow he s produced a fast-moving maritime thriller which reflects his own personal obsessions. Interview: Olaf Tyaransen. PIX: AONGUS McMAHON

Main Event: the Holy Show And the Devil's Music

1999-12-08 00:00:00

Ireland's most hyped event of the year, the MTV EUROPE AWARDS may have had as many gossip columnists as winners thanking God, but after hours it was IGGY POP and heavy friends who made the real headlines on a night when rock'n'roll bit back. Report: OLAF TYARANSEN and PETER MURPHY. Awards Pics: PETER MATTHEWS. Iggy Pics: Cathal Dawson

Commentary: This Is Hardcore

1999-10-27 00:00:00

In a swelteringly hot Budape#st movie studio, situated by the banks of the River Danube just twenty minutes drive from the centre of the Hungarian capital, a beautiful flame-haired young actress named Juliana is painting a picture.

Commentary: This Is Hardcore

1999-10-27 00:00:00

In a swelteringly hot Budape#st movie studio, situated by the banks of the River Danube just twenty minutes drive from the centre of the Hungarian capital, a beautiful flame-haired young actress named Juliana is painting a picture.

Interview: What's Ken Kesey On These Days?

1999-09-29 00:00:00

OLAF TYARANSEN pops the questions to writer, revolutionary, LSD guru and Chief Bull Goose Merry Prankster. Pix: Cathal Dawson.

Interview: Starman

1999-09-15 00:00:00

Ireland s most popular novelist on republicanism, death threats, the Catholic Church and his new novel. By Olaf Tyaransen. Pics: Cathal Dawson.

Frontlines: The police are ignoring the evidence

1998-03-04 00:00:00

A report from the World Health Organisation recently concluded that cannabis was less harmful than cigarettes or alcohol. So why is the Garda Commissioner persisting with the same old fictions?


1998-03-18 00:00:00

For a man who was working in Galway nightclubs and renting damp rooms in dilapidated hotels at the turn of the decade, PERRY BLAKE hasn t done too badly since. After releasing two acclaimed singles for Polydor, he s now set fair to emerge as one of Ireland s brightest new songwriting talents. OLAF TYARANSEN hears his intriguing story.

Commentary: Funeral in Berlin

1999-08-04 00:00:00

Berlin s LOVE PARADE attracts over one million people for an event mixing techno and hedonism. Olaf Tyaransen went there with high expectations, but found something empty at the heart of it all. Pics and handcuff props: PETER MATTHEWS.

Interview: Russell Terrier

1999-07-07 00:00:00

KEN RUSSELL is one of the most controversial film directors of our time. Now, he s published his first novel. OLAF TYARANSEN met him. Pics: CATHAL DAWSON.

Frontlines: northern EXPOSURE?

1997-08-06 00:00:00

A top American psychologist claims she has unearthed disturbing evidence of CIA involvement with British Intelligence in Northern Ireland. Olaf Tyaransen reports.


1997-08-20 00:00:00

After the huge success in Britain of the chemical fiction anthology Disco Biscuits, an Irish version this way comes. Report: olaf TYARANSEN.

Frontlines: HIGH TIMES

1997-09-03 00:00:00

Any self-consciousness was quickly dispelled by the notion of how ridiculous I d look with my head and shoulders buried a few feet in the earth. A frankly terrified olaf tyaransen embarks on his first ever parachute jump and lives to tell the tale.

Interview: Blonde on Blonde

1998-03-18 00:00:00

By popular demand, ULRIKA JONSSON is coming back to Belfast to co-host this year's heineken-hot press awards. olaf tyaransen meets up with television's Golden Girl and hears about the world of the small screen, the men in her life, the poet behind the party animal, tabloid intrusion and the importance of Van Morrison in keeping her head straight.

Interview: The Needle And The Damage Undone

1997-04-02 00:00:00

It s easy to trace the tracks of DAVE GAHAN s tears. Like the illustrated man, the marks on his body tell their own story. But not the whole story for this is a man who took heroin abuse to such a lethal extent that he was once clinically dead for two minutes. Now, after a long and painful battle, he s clean, sober and delighted that depeche mode have released the album that few ever expected them to make. Interview: Olaf Tyaransen.

Interview: State of Grace

1999-04-14 00:00:00

The legendary GRACE JONES is coming to Dublin. OLAF TYARANSEN caught up with her in New York to talk about drugs, stalkers, her recent marriage and period pains.

Interview: Ash On Delivery

1996-12-02 00:00:00

Dateline: Chicago 1996. Downpatrick's finest make their first big pact with America. Olaf Tyaransen is there to see how the deal goes down.

Interview: The Tarantino Of Theatre

1996-12-02 00:00:00

An overnight sensation after ten years and a theatrical star with no special love of the theatre, Martin McDonagh is a playwright with his eyes set firmly on the big screen. Interview: Olaf Tyaransen.


1997-02-05 00:00:00

Criminologist paul o mahony is one of the country s most progressive and radical thinkers on Irish criminal justice. olaf tyaransen hears his provocative and important analysis. Pix: cathal dawson


1997-02-19 00:00:00

Well, okay, he may not rule the world but no-man s tim bowness does have designs on a global cult audience. Interview: OLAF tyaransen.

Interview: All Shook Up

2000-03-02 00:00:00

Concrete, cows and karma yep, it looks like another kula shaker interview right enough. olaf tyaransen goes with the flow.

Interview: Queen Of The Hill

2000-03-02 00:00:00

LAURYN HILL s debut album, The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill was the fastest selling album ever by a female artist in the United States. What s more it s just garnered her five Grammy Awards, confirming her status as one of American music s most important new icons. OLAF TYARANSEN went to London to hear the singer talk frankly about success, motherhood, the future of The Fugees and her father-in-law, Bob Marley.

News: Sinead: "Cannabis Is Addictive"

1997-07-09 00:00:00

Sinead O'Connor sent the following letter to Hot Press for publication. Below, Olaf Tyaransen replies.

Interview: GRAY AREA

2000-04-27 00:00:00

Olaf Tyaransen finally catches up with MACY GRAY for a brief chat about success, family and drugs.

Interview: Model Behaviour

2000-02-17 00:00:00

In Dublin for the Brown Thomas International Fashion Show, supermodel CHRISTY TURLINGTON meets OLAF TYARANSEN. On the agenda: drugs, sleaze in the fashion industry and the pressures of celebrity.

Interview: Christy Turlington

2000-02-03 00:00:00

Ahead of her appearance at a huge charity fashion show in Dublin, the supermodel talks mountain-climbing, modelling, smoking and U2. By OLAF TYARANSEN.

Frontlines: Clark s Cock Shock

1997-03-19 00:00:00

Hot Press Big Man Reveals His Little Man Live On Air!!!!!!! SExclusive: Olaf Tyaransen

Frontlines: sorted for Turf and Anadin?

1997-03-19 00:00:00

Olaf Tyaransen recently spent a night on the prowl in Temple Bar, in search of class A (or B) narcotics. What he got, however, was a small slab of prime Athlone bog resin in a word, turf.

Frontlines: the beat stops hereALLEN GINSBERG 1926-1997

1997-04-30 00:00:00

the poet Allen Ginsberg died at his East Village home in New York on Saturday, 5th April, just two months short of his 71st birthday. After more than four decades of constant, and often controversial, conflict with such repressive figures as J. Edgar Hoover, Fidel Castro and Newt Gingrich, liver cancer finally succeeded where they had always failed in silencing the notoriously outspoken writer and self-confessed beat-hip-gnostic-imagist performance poet.

Frontlines: The Strange & Terrible Saga Of Brendan Woolhead

1997-04-02 00:00:00

He survived the IRA London bus bomb of February 1996 only to find himself wrongly accused of involvement in terrorism by the British press. His name having been duly cleared young Dubliner BRENDAN WOOLHEAD should have been able to put the worst behind him. Instead, he succumbed to heroin addiction and died in a London hospital having just undergone a costly and controversial detoxification treatment that is now being advertised in Ireland. In the week of the inquest into his death, OLAF TYARANSEN reports on the disturbing implications of a tragic case.

Comedy: D'Unbelievable Truth

1999-03-31 00:00:00

D UNBELIEVABLES are probably the most popular comics in Ireland. As preparations continue for the opening of their new show, Olaf Tyaransen talks to the duo about rural Ireland, negative press, and whether they have yet made their fortune.

Interview: On The Wings Of A Dove

1999-03-31 00:00:00

Olaf Tyaransen talks to Graham Cruz of DOVE about the band s desire to be another Irish pop success.

Interview: WAYNE S WORLD

1997-01-08 00:00:00

Credible clothing at an affordable price, dressing up Pulp and remodelling Tony Blair as a transvestite it s all in a day s work for wayne hemingway of hip fashion label red or dead. Interview: Olaf Tyaransen

Interview: Talk On The Wildside

2000-03-02 00:00:00

As host of her own show on Network 2, CLARE McKEON is no stranger to controversy. Here she talks frankly to OLAF TYARANSEN about abortion, drugs, motherhood and her legendary temper.

Commentary: DEREK PURPLE RIP 1969-2000

2000-02-17 00:00:00

OLAF TYARANSEN pays tribute to a DJ, promoter, writer, wizard and friend.

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