The Blizzards headlined the recent(ish) Indie-Pendence Festival in Mitchelstown on the last night of the festival. This festival just gets better each year, well done to Shane Dunne and all involved with putting a free festival together with such great acts. The Blizzards have truly come of age with a fine second album recently released although I’m not convinced by their choice of first single. There are many other stronger choices for singles on Domino Effect. Judging by the reaction the lads got from the crowd the album should be selling well. I just bought it yesterday, along with Mick Flannery’s White Lies which has been playing non-stop so I’m afraid I only listened to Domino Effect straigh through once. At the gig one of the photographers was certainly smitten by lead singer Niall Breslin, she just smiled her way around the front of the stage taking photographs and even proclaimed “I think I’m in love”. I don’t get it, sweaty hairy fecker that he is :).
Some more photos in the full set on Flickr. The Blizzards are back in Cork on October 2 when they play the Savoy.
Ham Sandwich made a welcome return to the Indie-Pendence festival following a fine display last year. Their debut album “Carry the Meek” has been out for a while now and is well worth picking up. They’re playing at Electric Picnic today and seem to have a few gigs coming up in September around Ireland. Check out their MySpace for mor info.
More photos in the full set on Flickr. I’m almost done with photos from this festival although I have lingering from last year’s festival so I might dig them out.
The Flaws played on the Sunday evening of the recent Mitchelstown Music Festival. They are a band I’ve liked for a while since buying their album “Achieving Vagueness”. I know it’s unfair to keep making comparisons with other bands but they have a sound very similar to that of The Killers. This is no bad thing and the album is well worth checking out if you are into this type of music. It’s not ground-breaking but it’s well produced and instantly catchy. I’d expect to hear a lot more from the band in the coming year. Check out their MySpace for a few tracks.
See more photos in the full set on Flickr.
Zany Cork band Fred played on Saturday in Mitchelstown at the Indie-Pendence festival. It must be almost 8 years since I saw them play first when I was in college. While they may have lost some hair and filled out a bit, they haven’t lost that great stage presence and the ability to put on a great show. Their most recent album, Go God Go, has seen their music go to another level but they also played the oldies on Saturday. Go listen to them on their MySpace and purchase one of their albums in your local record shop. Do it for the kids.
A few more photos in the full set on Flickr.
By the way, apparently they will be on the Ray D’Arcy show tomorrow (Fri) morning on TodayFM.
Ian Whitty and his band were up next on stage in the Spiegeltent after Cian and Aaron Dillon almost two weeks ago. I’ve seen Ian Whitty play numerous times over the years and he is now a more rounded and complete artist. His debut album Will o’ the Wisp is more softly spoken and subtle than the rockier sound he and his band now display. Having said that the later music still has the fantastically clever and imaginative wordplay so evident on Will o’ the Wisp. The next album is coming out later on this year and it’s one I can’t wait to get my hands on; songs like Houndstooth Shirt and Not on Your Side are already instantly recognisable at his gigs. You can currently check out these songs on his MySpace.
The phone above is part of the props used in case you’re wondering! There are more photos in the full set.