• Premiere: Lie Ins – Loose Lips Are For Losers/Sweet Galway

    We’re pleased to present a first listen to the new double-single from one of the country’s finest indie-folk pop propositions, Dublin three-piece and Popical Island bunch Lie Ins. The fourth in a series, ‘Loose Lips Are For Losers’ (backed with b-side ‘Sweet Galway’) is a digital-only release, recorded completely on four-track cassette by Mark Chester and Ruan van Vliet and written by Mike Stevens. In typical Lie Ins form, the A-side – which is a track that “bemoans the loss of youth and of youthful friends” – is a catching burst of first-rate lo-fi indie-punk that will, if you let it, burrow in the…

  • Stream: Lie Ins – Potatoes/Back on the Clock

    It’s sometimes good to remember: Lie Ins aren’t just for Sundays. And nowhere is that more evident than quickly glancing at the calendar before stumbling upon ‘Potatoes’ and ‘Back on the Clock’, a new double-single from the Dublin indie pop band of the same name. Sure, that doesn’t aeally make a whole lot of sense but in the words of Aerosmith, let the music – insistent, merry and earworming as ever – do the talking (via Bandcamp below). Potatoes b/w Back on the Clock by Lie Ins

  • Stream: Lie Ins – Love In The Arctic/Go Back To Billy

    Ahead of the fifth annual Popical Island All-Dayer at Whelan’s on Saturday (more info right here), Dublin’s Lie Ins are streaming their forthcoming double A-side, ‘Love In The Artic/Go Back To Billy’. Respectively described as “a post-apocalyptic hoe-down” and a “pop tune about returning to past follies”, the lo-fi indie trio recorded their tracks straight to tape by the threesome’s new bassist Mark Chester at Popical Island hub The Pop Inn. Officially released on January 25, stream the tracks below.

  • Hard Working Class Heroes 2015 – Friday

    Fast forward through your own boring life and the cycle starts again. Another night of wall to wall quality music with the criminal schedule clashes an unfortunate reminder of the standard for the night. By 8pm the Mercantile is host to its first few shuffling visitors and Lie Ins fuzzy pop-rock. It’s comprehensive, bouncy stuff but maybe a little unexciting. However the room slowly fills and by the time Staring at Lakes overcome what seems to be a host of technical difficulties the place could almost be called busy. Despite the Mercantile venues shit wedding party charm, half a song…

  • Hard Working Class Heroes 2013: 10 must-see acts

    Set to take place from Thursday to Saturday 5 October, Hard Working Class Heroes – hands down the country’s leading independent music showcase – is soon set to take place right across Dublin. Over three days and nights, 101 acts will perform at 7 venues across the city for the annual event, now in its eleventh year. From Northern Irish singer-songwriters Joshua Burnside and Little Rivers to Dublin noise pop-quartet September Girls and Cork psych-rock band The Altered Hours, the very best of the country’s musical talent is represented right across the board. Go here to check our the full schedule for…