• Irish Tracks of the Week – 4th November

    On this, the penultimate Bandcamp Friday of 2022, delve into the very best Irish releases of the week from Pretty Happy, Jape, Ex Isles, Le Boom, Thumper, Akrobat, HousePlants & more Pretty Happy – Boots Echo Boy by Pretty Happy Ex Isles – Deaf Republic Deaf Republic / The Smallest Plot Of Land by Ex-Isles Jape – Secret Area Akrobat – Eskimo THUMPER – Summer Assault Beauty Pageant – Born to Stay Le Boom w/ Andy – Next Time Cursed Murphy Versus the Resistance – Republic of the Weird Republic of the Weird by Cursed Murphy Versus the Resistance HousePlants…

  • Maija Sofia, Mhaol, Pretty Happy, Elaine Malone & More Set to Perform 30th Anniversary Tribute To Nirvana’s Nevermind

    Friday, 24th September marks the 30th anniversary of one of the finest, most essential albums in recorded music history – Nirvana’s breakthrough album Nevermind. To mark the occasion, a selection of Irish acts from across the island have come together in celebration of its release and ongoing influence, each performing their own takes on track from the album in an event which will be live-streamed this Friday. The line-up, consisting of Maija Sofia, Havvk, Alien She, Cruiser, Laurie Shaw, Junk Drawer, Uaim, Aoife Wolf, Pretty Happy, Elaine Malone, Mob Wife and Mhaol will be a combination of videos performed and recorded in Dublin venues Sin É and…

  • Monday Mixtape: Pretty Happy

    Fast-rising Cork art-rock threesome Pretty Happy guide us through some of their all-time favourite songs, from Pixies and Ought, to Surburan Lawns and William S Burroughs. Five Go Down to The Sea? – There’s a Fish on Top of Shandon Swears He’s Elvis   This weird gem of a song shows how weird the five go down lads got with their arranging. A classic track, one that’s loud enough to grab your attention and textured enough to play again and again. Five go Down’s experimentation with form really made us look at the way we arrange our own songs. Janitor…

  • Ireland Music Week Announced Line-Up

    The line-up for this year’s Ireland Music Week has been announced. Taking place online across October 5-8th, this year’s showcases will be filmed at the Grand Social in Dublin. Over 500 acts applied, 50 of which have been revealed today. Among the names include the likes of M(h)aol, Pretty Happy, Cherym, Joel Harkin, Tolü Makay, Niamh Regan, Maria Kelly, Bicurious, Citrus Fresh, and Pixie Cue Rhythm Orchestra. Check out the full line-up below. “Selection for IMW is on most developing artists’ ‘to do’ list and brings with it opportunities to develop into international markets and networks,” said Angela Dorgan, CEO of…

  • Irish Tracks of the Week – July 16th

    Here are the very best Irish tracks of the week, featuring Caoilean Sherlock, Tebi Rex, Cherym, KK Lewis, Pretty Happy, Laytha and more. Caoilean Sherlock – Dream About The Night Dream About The Night by Caoilian Sherlock Cherym – We’re Just Friends Tebi Rex – Deadman II F.R.U.I.T.Y. – U.P.S. U.P.S by F.R.U.I.T.Y. Pretty Happy – Sudocream Tung In Cheek – Psychonaut KK Lewis – Petals Lonesome George – The Lying Devil Laytha – What Will I Gain Odd Morris – The Once Was Enough The Zang – Where Do You Go? The Crayon Set – Rock Star // Dream…

  • Irish Tracks of the Week – April 23

    It’s been yet another banner week for Irish music. Dig into the best new sounds of the past seven days below, featuring new sounds from Ships, The Altered Hours, Villagers, TOYGIRL, Kojaque, Smoothboi Ezra and more The Altered Hours – All Amnesia All Amnesia by The Altered Hours Villagers – The First Day Ships – One to the Ward TOYGIRL – Water Kojaque – Town’s Dead SORBET – Only For The Young feat. Arborist BANYAH – Black Fires Pretty Happy – Sea Sea Sea Smoothboi Ezra – Stuck Seba Safe – Map Runner Amerik – Bouquet EP Bouquet by Amerik…

  • Video Premiere: Pretty Happy – Sea Sea Sea

    Just a couple of months on from their hugely successful ‘Salami’, Cork art-punk trio Pretty Happy are back with the video for new single ‘Sea Sea Sea’. While the dischordant rattles of NYC no-wave-inspired guitar drive things song along, tension is cranked between shrieked vocals of bassist Arann Blake – recalling Black Francis and David Byrne at their most effervescent – and a spoken word passage from guitarist/vocalist Abbey Blake. Positively owning its Irishness, ‘Sea Sea Sea’ is an at-times dadaist exploration of the nation’s chronic self-loathing and perpetual issues of queer identity and gender stereotyping. Its video – debuted in November’s Spilt Milk Festival – was…