Young Wonder

Browsing through some of the tips left by our facebook fans on the 9 Scottish Bands You Need To Know post, we came across an Irish band…so that’s where we’re taking you next – including some tips from our very own @themire. He’s from Ireland.

10 Irish Bands You Need To Know

1. Villagers

Recently performing on stage at the Barbican as part of Beck’s Song Reader collaborations, Mercury Music Prize-nominated Villagers are the definition of yearning Irish indie-folk. Beautifully harmonised vocals and sweetly melancholy storytelling in just two full-length albums and one EP. This is a favourite, and the first single from the 2013 album {Awayland} – the uncharacteristically electro-sounding “The Waves”:

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2. Southern

Try searching for “Southern band” on Google and we’re pretty sure you won’t find this band. With one of the most generic band names possible (other than “The Band”) Southern are a brother-sister duo Thom & Lucy Southern from Belfast, Northern Ireland, who could just as easily be from the deep south. Country/Americana influenced folk rock, this is “World Don’t Shine”. If you’re looking for more, their facebook page is a good place to start:

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3. Delorentos

Veil any dreary day with a dose of indie pop-rock from Delorentos – 4 lads who’ve previously opened for the likes of The Arctic Monkeys, Supergrass and Dave Matthews Band. This is the opening track from the band’s third album, Little Sparks, which won “Irish Album Of The Year” at the 2013 Meteor awards:

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4. And So I Watch You From Afar

“Alex loves these guys” – was Julian’s description. So we asked Alex.
“Phenomenal math-rock band, unlike anything you’ve heard before – like being kicked in the face by the BFG. Twice.”

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5. Adebisi Shank

Wait for the kick and you’ll hear why they call themselves “robot-rock” – an early and Irish Biffy Clyro on speed, with the Lost In Space B9 Robot on vocals. There’s unfortunately no robot – it’s the distorted voice of guitarist Lar Kaye as you’ll see in this recording for the Sargent House Sessions. “THUNDER”:

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6. James Vincent McMorrow

For those partial to a beautiful voice, complete with spine-chilling falsetto – his first album, Early In The Morning this song was released to critical acclaim back in 2010, but we’re still waiting for the the follow up. This isn’t one of his, the song has been covered by everyone and their mums over the past few years, but Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow strips it right back to the bare bones with his version. Enough cliches – here’s the song:

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7. Cillo

Synthy bass, bassy synth – Cillo is Dubliner Cillian Waters crafting sounds in the interestingly titled music genre “chillstep”…a chillout-dubstep hybrid of electronic goodness. He’s playing the Red Bull Music Academy Stage at Electric Picnic next weekend alongside other Irish acts they’re earmarking for big things in the electronic music arena.

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8. Saint Yorda

Indie electro-disco vibes complete with steel drum synths…the band are two guys and a girl from Cork (“and to a lesser extent cristian sümmers”) and this first single was just released on Friday. Grab it for your “Feels Like Summer” playlist…

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9. Lecs Luther

A.k.a. Rejjie Snow – MC, rapper, Dubliner, “son of a cotton picker” – this track sounds smoother than smooth but the lyrics reveal he’s a storyteller, as does the stop-motion video for the track. He’s now simply Rejjie Snow, but we wanted to post this one so, for us, Lecs Luther:

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10. Boyzone

Just kidding. The real number 10 is….

10. Young Wonder

Ending on a favourite: Electronic pop duo from Cork, Ireland – the description just doesn’t do them justice….so a little more: “music filled with big beats, pitched vocals, euphoric synths and Rachel’s sweet timbre” – that’s more like it. This song hints of James Blake without the electronic distortion – the band are Ian Ring and Rachel Pixie and here’s “Lucky One”:

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