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Cut Up on Copacabana by David Scott - Book Review by Frankie Gaffney

This review was originally presented in speech form at the book’s launch in Dublin, May 2018


It’s a great honour to be asked to speak about this book, which, like its author, is exceptional. I mean both David and his book are exceptional in the sense of brilliant—but also in the sense of very strange.

The text announces its weirdness from the outset, opening with a series of different dialogues, in which several different and conflicting explanations for the same set of scars on the protagonist’s chest are offered. There is no narrator, the reader is left to chase truth themselves. These playful verbal back and forths immediately call to mind the good-natured dominance contest of sparring in the ring. David’s sophisticated relationship with the sweet science of boxing is present explicitly and implicitly throughout this book.

Next the reader is treated to a series...

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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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