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Dan Riley - Walk the Other Way - EP Review

Dan Riley is a man of many talents. Not only is the Lancashire-born troubadour a poet of some renown—having found a platform for his work in publications as sophisticated and widely admired as this one—he’s only gone and dropped a five-track EP of easy-listening alternative folk and smooth pop-rock that’s pretty much all hits and no misses. And the whole thing’s available for you to listen to immediately. Well shucks, this must be your lucky day.

Evocative of a host of great forebears from The Beatles through Pink Floyd and John Martyn, “Walk the Other Way” is a pleasing traipse through summery emotions with Riley’s earnest, crooning vocals running the gamut from plaintive and introspective to hopeful and energized, but always imbued with a vigorous, pleasantly-contagious optimism. Here’s a man who believes the words he’s singing—or perhaps, more to the point, feels the emotions that underpin them—and it gives the piece a vitality...

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Tuath: Youth - E.P. Preview

Fresh from the nuclear fallout of last week’s yearly feast-day of being drunk and Irish—frenetic Letterkenny punk-rockers “Lunch Machine” come out all guns blazing with the video for their latest track, the appropriately named “Paddy”. Filmed at 2am in the morning after the day in question and published online immediately, this chaotic frenzy of cramped late night sessioning is a pure and beautiful testament to the art of gonzo film-making. You can practically smell the booze fumes radiating from your screen.

Have a look and listen and then be glad the madness is over for another year...


“Paddy by Lunch Machine”...


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Tuath: Youth - E.P. Preview

The nightmare jazz—a psychedelic wink from cosmic grandfather fading in the vortex—deep-fried good ol’ Rock and RRrroll—vocals like Ian Curtis crooning through a black hole from some alternative universe where he never kicked the chair—ambience so soft and soothing it would curl up beside you and spoon you to sleep, only to shake you violently awake seconds later, gibbering through grinding amphetamine jaws about a past of lies and a future that could never actually exist... Just what the fuck does it all mean?

Why, it means Tuath have returned of course, with their latest traipse through the static electric madness of Tuath-ville population: zero plus infinity. It means Psychedelic Trip hop/Rock/Electronic/Ambient/Everything band Tuath have returned, with their new EP “Youth”—a somber hallucinatory exploration of the lies told to childhood and the harsh realities of growing up into a broken world, where those same lies are scrawled on the filthy coke-snot sleeves of every huckster, gangster and priest looking to empty your wallet...

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More Micks than Dicks: A Hybrid beckettian Novella in 3 Genres by Peter O'Neill - Review by Ross Breslin

“More Micks Than Dicks: A Hybrid Beckettian Novella in 3 Genres” is a strange beast indeed. Part prose narrative, part academic dissertation and part poetry cycle, it’s a thoroughly postmodern work that—in the hands of a lesser talent—could very easily have failed in its unwieldly ambition to function as a cohesive work. Really, it would take the mind of a poet to conceptualize how something like this could, against the odds, work so well. Serendipitously, Peter O’Neill is most certainly that.

And so is his Author-surrogate, White—the protagonist of the novelistic aspects of the work. White, the poet, has been invited to enter the stuffy halls of academia to present a talk on the influences of the Greek philosopher Heraclitus on the Samuel Beckett novel “Comment C’est”. He’ll be speaking at the HQ of The Beckett Society of Ireland, no less, for an international conference on “Samuel Beckett and Ireland”. What does Heraclitus have to do with Ireland, you might wonder? White doesn’t much care. He has something to say...

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