Latest Articles by Claire O'Gorman
One of the most famous punk groups in the world, Pussy Riot have made global headlines for their political activism in Russia. During their recent stop-off in Dublin, they took time out for an in-depth discussion on Repeal the Eighth, the oppressive aspects of Russian society, and the encouraging words they received from Sinead O’Connor.
Dublin 4 piece Let’s Set Sail are a fine example of the level of talent in Ireland. In the same breath, you’re unlikely to find something directly comparable with their unique sound.
Last summer we were gifted ‘The Path’ EP from Dublin foursome GTV. The title track had a beautiful stop motion, clay figure video by Polish artist Martyna Koleniec. Now, showing once again their knack for effective video accompaniments to their melodic, harmony rich folk songs, the lads are back with a nostalgic appendage for latest single ‘Mr. Keeper’.
Winter is really making its mark. It’s freezing. And, Having put up my Christmas tree this weekend, leaving its cosy glow to sit under the less inviting fluorescent lights of Dublin bus doesn’t have me leaping off the couch.
EHCO today release the second single ‘Fia’ from forthcoming debut album, for which Hot Press are delighted to premiere the video.
Ever since Bitch Falcon burst onto the scene nearly 3 years ago, there has been quite a frenzy around these alt-rockers. Tonight is the last night of their week long ‘Of Heart’ tour - a single that has once again shown why these guys will be facing a full house in Whelan’s tonight.
The Christmas lights are lit in Dublin and there’s a cosy feel about the city. We trundle on down to The Button Factory to welcome Wolf Parade back for their first Dublin performance in 7 years (though some lucky fans may have caught them in Ballinlough for Body & Soul last year). Their first album in as long was released last month, and with it they’ve proven that despite the hiatus they still have that signature sound that always set them apart.
It’s a drizzly night in Dublin, but if there’s one thing that can heighten our spirits it’s the prospect of a high energy, electro pop performance from American duo Sylvan Esso.
It’s a very cold October night and we’re en route to The Grand Social for something we can already feel is going to be a bit special. Azniv Korkejian AKA Bedouine has just finished up a string of dates playing support to Matthew E. White and is now about to play her first Irish headline gig – an event we are delighted to be present for.
Jack Casey aka EMBRZ entered the music scene almost by accident. Originally uploading his music online with a view to sharing just with those close to him, his songs garnered more and more shares and media attention and suddenly exploded.
We’re one of the first in the doors of Tramline, but it’s not long until we’re joined by a sizable crowd – an excited one.
Masters of psychedelic rock, This Other Kingdom, are today premiering their video for ‘Rays for Days (When the Sun Did Shine)’ - what is to be the final single from their latest long player RÊVEUR.
Northern Irish Steve Scullion aka Malojian brings us a new video for ‘Let Your Weirdness Carry You Home’ - the title track from his most recent 4th album.
There was excellent dance music of nearly every stripe to be found at Matropolis this year, with Richard Fearless, Bingo Loco, Booka Brass and Jazzy Jeff also impressing. Report: Claire O’Gorman
When Enemies played their final show at Vicar Street in December of last year, there was a resounding sadness among math and post rock fans alike. In their 10 years together, the band, from Kilcoole Co. Wicklow, hit some incredible heights, from releasing their first EP on Machu Picchu Ltd. (A label formed by members of Japanese heavy hitters Toe), to releasing 3 critically acclaimed Long Players, one of which was on the short lived but much loved Irish label The Richter Collective.
Have a first peek at – or even a listen to! – the fantastic six-song EP from the Limerick lads.
Lorraine McColgan is the voice behind new project Dark Honey. Having previously released music with Ed McGinley under The Winters' moniker, she, along with her band, now bring us an album of her own works.
Irish singer Outsider has premiered his new single 'Míol Mór Mara’ with Hot Press today.
Little One are Dublin five-piece consisting of John Sheil, Zach Douglas, Samuel Doogan, Sean McManamon and Rob Kennedy. In their two singles to date, 'Corner' and 'L/0', the band have shown their knack for textured layers which bubble under the surface of ethereal female vocals, often grounded by a male counterpart. Tasteful melodic guitars, which wouldn't be out of place on tracks by such big hitters as The National, keep the momentum and build going throughout the tracks. In just a short space of time the band have achieved a lot, not least a performance at this year's Glastonbury Festival. We caught up with them ahead of the release of their single, ’The Habit’ later this month. They told us about how they developed their sound to effortlessly include such an eclectic mix of genres, the evolution of their sound and how they seem to have garnered a surprising following in Thailand.
Having been part of the struggle for women’s rights since its inception 40 years ago, Hot Press has launched a new podcast, which will take a detailed and informative look at what repealing the 8th Amendment will mean for this country.
We spoke to the organisers behind Dublin's newest festival YS - Festival 2017, taking place at The Bowery this evening.
Ahead of his performance at Castlepalooza this weekend, we caught up with Daithi to talk about the Irish music scene, his live shows, and working in film.
Ahead of their appearance at Another Love Story this month, we caught up with Dublin five-piece Tomorrows.
Runway Lights may not be a name that you are familiar with - but that's something they're hoping to change.
Since bursting onto the scene last year, Dublin ambi-electro 3 piece Dreaming of Jupiter, have exploded in a way most bands can only dream of in such a short space of time – and it is very clear to see why. The band successfully blend the oh so popular trend of electronic sounds with some really slick funky grooves, not a million miles away from the Godfather of Groove himself, Mister Nile Rodgers. Add some soulful vocals and a LOT of ambition and you have what seems to be a map to the stars for this astronomical trio. The band, consisting of Zoë Gough, Sam Oye and Dave Levins very graciously took time out of their very busy schedule (on day 5 of a 6 day run of gigs, sometimes doing 2 a day) to talk working hard, how they met, and the importance of all different art forms.
The Dublin garage pop band talked about their long hiatus, getting back into music, and what fans can expect from them in the future.
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