• Watch: Swords – Sitting On Walls (Live)

    Dublin based trio Swords have revealed a video for a live performance of ‘Sitting on Walls’. Taken from their second album, Tidal Waves, which came out last year, ‘Sitting on Walls’ is a touching ballad for fans of Sharon Van Etten and Broken Twin. Diane Anglim’s brittle yet resolute vocal carries the track while a piano, bass and drum combo that wouldn’t seem entirely out of place on earlier Mogwai album gives it a rewarding backbone. The video was produced and directed by Amelia Caulfield and Gearoid Connaughton with live sound being mixed by Micheal Sheil. Tidal Waves is out now and can be purchased here.

  • Watch: Swords – Sixty Thousand Years

    Dublin three-piece Swords returned recently with their sophomore LP Tidal Waves. Moving away from the dense layers of production that occupied their – still excellent  – debut Lions and Gold, the band have have strived to create a more organic, live sound on this record. Nowhere is this more present than on new single ‘Sixty Thousand Years’, a fragile ballad sparingly built on piano, drums, bass and vocals with little or no added embellishments. The forthright structure of the song allows Diane Anglim’s vocals to shine more prominently with an aching honesty not dissimilar to Sharon Van Etten or Broken Twin.  The song is accompanied by an equally…

  • Gigs of the Week: Ciaran Lavery, Tycho, Swords & RESET

    Another week, and like all weeks it presents many, many opportunities to check out the very best gigs on offer around the country. The number of gigs does tend to drop somewhat during the summer months, but we’ve managed to unearth several shows that you can wrap your ears around… Tycho – The Button Factory, Dublin; Wednesday, July 23 Post rock-inflected electronic group Tycho will be performing at the Button Factory this Wednesday. Beautiful, swirling soundscapes are to expected here in what ought to be a wonderfully dreamy and epic show. Tickets are €14 and doors are at 7.30.  …

  • Watch: Liza Flume – Swords

    Directed by Sam Fitzpatrick, Dublin-based singer-songwriter Liza Flume has unveiled the suitably quaint video to her new single, ‘Swords’. The track – a delicately soulful, superbly unravelling five minute tale – is taken from Full Steam Ahead, Flume’s bewitching debut EP released via Toast Office Records in January. Watch the video for ‘Swords’ below.