- 20 Jul 18
Contrary to what some radio stations, festival line-ups and awards short-lists might suggest, guitar bands (for want of a better umbrella term) are not dead. Not by a long shot. This second volume of the A Litany Of Failures series – the first was a mere four-track EP – serves as an excellent lucky dip into the present Irish indie rock scene, with bands from all over the country being given a platform. The 18-band strong release is ambitious and absorbing – and then some.
Created and curated by seasoned tunesmiths Danny Carroll, Stevie Lennox and Paul O’Connor, art rock, post punk, psych, evergreen indie and alt pop are all present and correct on this double album, with more established acts like No Monster Club and Dott rubbing shoulders with upstarts Any Joy and Cherym.
Not every track lands a killer blow. But that’s to be expected. At its best, A Litany Of Failures reminds us of the old Give ‘Em The Boot and Punk-O-Rama releases in that it serves as a potential gateway to discovering your new favourite band.