• EP Stream: Making Monsters – Bad Blood

    A band that confidently straddles the oft precariously thin line between alt rock and metal, Derry’s Making Monsters most certainly don’t do things in half measures. With their brilliantly honed live show and ever-increasing audience at home further afield, the quartet have just released their latest and best EP to date, Bad Blood. Fronted by the Emma Gallagher – a vocalist whose range and delivery is a defining hallmark – the band step up and into gear for a release that pummels and impresses in synchronicity. These are well-considered songs bearing the imprint of diligence and a concerted effort to temper riffage with exquisite musicality. At six tracks,…

  • Making Monsters w/ Support @ The Bar With No Name, Belfast

    Redbeard’s latest showcase took place at Belfast’s The Bar With No Name (AKA Auntie Annie’s – RIP, etc.) at the weekend. Headlined by fast-rising Derry band Making Monsters, the show also featured blinding sets from Molar Bear, Axecatcher and MAW. A connoisseur of all things heavy and local, our photographer Liam Kielt was down to capture the action.

  • The Thin Air Top 100 Irish Tracks of 2014 (100-75)

    Twelve months, a billion tracks (probably) and a ridiculously impressive crop of new, emerging musical talent the island of Ireland over: yes, 2014 was been very generous indeed on the ol’ new music front. In a year when (the altogether sonically disparate) Girl Band and SOAK signed with Rough Trade, Adebisi Shank broke hearts in parting ways and Hozier “did a Kodaline” by going positively stratospheric – more on that later – innumerable lesser-known acts have also been slogging away in the garage, creating some of the very best sounds here or anywhere else on the face on the planet. In the first of a two-part feature,…

  • Festival Mixtape: Stendhal Festival of Art

    Headlined by Derry punk pioneers The Undertones and Scottish indie-rock quartet Frightened Rabbit (above), Stendhal Festival of Art returns to the wonderfully scenic Roe Valley this weekend for two days of music, art, theatre, comedy and poetry. With tickets still available to purchase via the official website here, we’ve compiled a ten-track playlist featuring some our must-see acts to catch at the festival – everyone from Malojian and Go Wolf to Making Monsters and Ciaran Lavery.

  • EP Stream: Making Monsters – Attention

    Having released the stellar ‘Nosebleed’ just last week, Derry alt-metal band Making Monsters have released their new five-track EP, Attention. Produced, mixed and mastered by Neal Calderwood at Manor Park Studios, the EP – an extremely impressive and powerfully attacking release – is the follow-up to the band’s promising 2012 self-titled debut EP. Check out the band’s forthcoming tour dates and stream Attention via Bandcamp below. Attention by MakingMonsters

  • Watch: Making Monsters – Nosebleed

    Taken from their forthcoming EP, Attention, Derry alt/metal band Making Monsters have unveiled the video for their new single, ‘Nosebleed’. Directed by Darren Lee of Maverick Renegade Productions, the video – a very well shot and edited visual accompaniment to the track features Dee Kivelehan from Sandstone. The single will be released via Death By Records on June 16. Making Monsters will kick off a UK and Irish tour one June 13. Check out the poster for all the date and watch the video for ‘Nosebleed’ below.