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Hellfire()Sounds Review: Zealot Cult

Posted in Hellfire()Sounds : REVIEWS, Music, MySpace Review, Special Features with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2012 by Tickets There

In fairness, this should be flagged more as a ‘traditional music’ review than a metal one. Like in the bay area of San Francisco, they don’t call Metallica ‘heavy metal’, they call them ‘heritage music’ and ‘traditional bay area folk’. Same can be said the Zealot Cult and Limerick. If Limerick was allowed revamp and update its traditional music, Tickets There would push for insane, gore oozing, gut punching death metal. The tracksuits would probably win out and you’d end up with the Rubberbandits, but what can ya do?  

Zealot Cult are on the bill for the Wacken Metal Battle Semi-Final II so we decided we’d give them a spin and all we can say is, ‘Warpath – watch yourselves’. We’ve been spending some quality time on their MySpace player for the past couple of days and while death metal may not be TT’s forte, we can’t help but enjoy the hell out of it.  Did the use of the word forte give it away?

‘Killing Spree’ kicks things off and ..yup, that’s what you’d imagine it sounds like. What you do is take two slices of hell, spread a little pain on there. Cut thick slices of punishment and drizzle it with doom. Make sense? If not, you just don’t get metal. ‘Knives of the Zealots’ (knife title)…..(sorry), is a little more up front. Have no idea what’s going on here, but someone’s pissed. Another few lashings of doom and you’re done.

Architects of Carnage’ (another bitching title) is faster, more aggressive and more violent than the other tunes. The kind of tune that makes you push the guys in front of you, no matter where you are and force them all into a pit. ‘Portraits in Blood’ is probably the radio single here. Much tamer and a lot more mainstream than the other tracks in the player. Fairly catchy chorus and a savage solo. Of course I’m joking, about everything but the solo! Alas, ‘Homicide’ brings us to an end. Another spree of rabies infected death metal over and nowhere to go. These guys are going to go far in the Wacken Metal Battle if they’re as good live as they are on record. Should make for an interesting final if they go through.

Check out their tunes @ MySpace. Apologies for references to Metallica in two consecutive posts, TT knows other bands but they just seemed to fit so back off.


IRISH NOISE! – The Plea (MySpace)

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, MySpace Review with tags , , , , , on June 14, 2011 by Tickets There

*Stretches fingers, cracks knuckles and so on. It’s good to be back, especially since we’ve accumulated a wealth of bands we think you’re going to thoroughly enjoy. As promised, we’re aiming today’s IRISH NOISE review at Donegal locals, The Plea (as seen supporting Ash in Whelan’s). The four piece have been around for over two years and already have a debut album under belts, an impressive list of production collaborators and a very healthy looking future ahead of them. Good for them, better for us. They claim The Doors, The Beatles and The (R) Stones as influences, their sound has been polished by Cenzo Townsend (other credits include U2, New Order and Blur) and judging by their live performance, they have as impressive a catalogue of material you’re likely to find in these here parts. Ladies and gentlemen, you’re new favourite band – The Plea!

The last statement may be a bit strong from a  reviewer who’s only caught one gig and listened to no less than two tracks on their MySpace (Would someone please explain the Facebook player please?) but we’re standing by it! ‘Praise Be’ is first up and it’s also the one we’re most familiar. The band recently included it on a special split E.P. with Ash and LaFarro for their recent Irish shows togeather. An excellent number rooted in psychedelic, dance-pop rock that’s centred around the vocals and a thumping drum beat. The guitar adds nice decoration against the beatin’ bass in the background. Yep, it’ll do!

I Am The Miracle’ is up next (very sadly the last song in the player), even better than the real thing. Style, structure and flow are much the same as Praise Be, perhaps not good to have both on the player as it doesn’t show much diversity, but; as a wise Tickets There once said, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Just as enjoyable either way and another push to get more of their material.

Great band, well worth checking out and one (never get tired of saying this) you’ll be hearing more of on Tickets There in the future. Visit their Official MySpace @

MySpace Review – Land Lovers

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, MySpace Review with tags , , , , , , on January 31, 2011 by Tickets There

Ye can all thank / blame Land Lovers for our 400th sudden stop in updates last week. We found the Dublin band while we were pile driving through some home-grown talent MySpace’s and were brought to a grinding halt after one go of their player. At first ‘Children / Pop / Showtunes’ seemed like something we were going to really regret giving the time to but after several million spins over the last week, we’re ready to share them with ye all.

We’ve never seen them or heard their album…yet!

The Cinema Bell sounds exactly like we were expecting. Clappy, silly keyboards and poppy noises but we stayed and ‘struggled on’ because the vocals are strong and the song is nice and catchy. Multiple spins has brought it closer to us but we’re still standing there with a wee stick between us so that style never becomes too comfortable. Immovable Feast is the one that really threw is. Total change in styles and a feeling of instant maturity to the writing, very strong with an excellent flow.

Paddy Works The Maglev follows the same style Immovable Feet but includes a more Irish traditional style of structure meaning any of ye out there that enjoy the start / stop style of the verse may like trad one day. A nice song that discusses present day Ireland but manages to avoid the clichés and awful comedy pitfalls that many others are throwing out at the moment. Possibly our favourite of the bunch.

No. 1 Communiqué changes the style again and gives the band a much darker tone. Not a whole pile to writer here. Lyrics are darker, music is darker and there’s a great mix of styles but the overall delivery is pretty unique to Land Lovers. Is that amateur-music speech jargon? We think so. Don’t really want to write this review while listening so just go and visit their MySpace and enjoy. You won’t regret it, honest!

MySpace (Sample) Review – Two Door Cinema Club

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, MySpace Review with tags , , , , on January 24, 2011 by Tickets There

We’re scouring the internet, listening to as many major underground bands from 2010 as possible (yes, yes we are aware we’d be better off looking for the next thing rather than the stuff everyone’s already heard – thanks!) and Two Door Cinema Club’s name kept popping up last year. Yesterday, we finally decided to see why exactly they were one of the most searched bands of last year. Unfortunately, we never did get it and any hope of understanding was dashed by the fact that their MySpace player is full of samples. Defiant as we are, we refused to search for another streaming service and have now decided to do a review of the MySpace samples. Why bother? Cause we’re not listening to the other name on our list.

We’ve never seen them live or heard their album. Let the Review Sample begin!

Sample 1Cigarettes In The Theatre: Chongo pop, Silly. Guitars sound good for a moment at the start, lyrics are not our cup of tea.
Sample 2Come Back Home: Sounds better, improvement on the vocals. Generic though.
Sample 3Do You Want It All: Sounds like it would get very annoying, very quickly.
Sample 4 – This is the life: Hmmm…vocals are disappointing again in this snip
Sample 5 – Something Good Can Work: Vocals and lyrics this time. Don’t like the OhOh (we’ve actually heard this before, must have been a single)
Sample 6 –
I Can Talk: This one sounds quite good. Vocals are a better, not annoying and catchy!
Undercover Martyn: Eh, not our thing at all. Sounds like Snow Patrol except better (anything without Snow Patrol’s direct involvement is always better). Not too bad, nothing to hate but it’s just too plain.
Sample 7  – What You Know: Same again, but a little better thank Undercover Martyn.
Sample 8 – Eat That Up, It’s Good For You: Sounds avoidable.
Sample 9You Are Not Stubborn: Don’t think they’re for us folks. Lets call it a review.

Remember, to read more badly written yet highly tasteful reviews, just visit tt. This sample has been brought to you by Tickets There in conjunction with The Def Leppard For Jesus Campaign.

MySpace Review – O Emperor

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, MySpace Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 24, 2011 by Tickets There

That’s right, another one of Ireland’s hotly tipped underground acts we’ve never seen or heard before. What do we actually do with our time you ask? Well, we drink a fair bit (although not that much, only 3 times this month including new years eve), watch a lot of TV, work on our paint city and listen to a lot of Megadeth, Def Leppard, Guns N’ Roses and read. Not much time left in that hectic, crazy schedule to be going out and just, *tusks / grunt-laugh/shakes head and frowns* listen to music for the hell of it! Anyways, we’re here now and that’s the important thing and we have some good news! We’re liking O Emperor a lot more than we thought we would. Now for ya!

Never seen them, haven’t heard their album.

Don’t Mind Me reminds us of a song you’d hear in one of those eighties New York films with driving or a small bar. Starts nicely and improves with age. For a gentle, serene mood this is your baby. Po is a liverier wee number. Faster, louder but still nice and relaxed (a word that will be repeated in this review). Sedalia is again ‘relaxed’ (real journalists / bloggers manage to use a little thing called vocabulary guys. Just a hint – Ed), nice on the ears and a very pleasant experience. Recommended so far.

The Fat Lady starts the second half of tunes in an even more sombre, quiet and uneventful (not necessarily a negative use of the word uneventful, just not a whole pile of complexity or action in this case) than the previous three. Very deep reaching piece of music that some have no doubt been captivated and transformed by. Tickets There is in quite a chirpy mood today so no depression here. Still quite enjoyable though and it’ll definitely be on our ‘depressed as hell – need reconciliation and / or companionship from non-in the room human’ list. Heisenberg follows much the same suit except it’s a little too over the top on the dull factor. Quite short which we always see a bonus point to songs we don’t like but just too sad. We need a little piece along the lines of Po now.

To The Sea is last and it’s got life! It’s no Springsteen now, leppin’ about the place or anything but it’s got blood in it’s veins and delivered enough of what we were looking for to finish things on a good note. O Emperor, recommended. If you’re having a nice relaxing Monday, then give them a go,. If you’re stressed out, give them a go. If you’re massively under the weather and ‘bad thoughts’ are spiralling out of control in your warped head, then have a listen to Whitesnake. When you’re all happy and better, then give O Emperor a go. O Emperor MySpace

MySpace Review – Halves

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, MySpace Review with tags , , , on January 23, 2011 by Tickets There

Still a good few names on the Choice Music short-list we never bothered our arses listening to this year. You take a few months off and all of a sudden the underground is ablaze with names and faces you’ve never heard off. Unfortunately for Tickets There, 90% of the time when we make the effort we’re disappointed. Today’s band now join that 90%, introducing Halves to Tickets There.

Never seen them live, never will either.

Things did not start off well with this one. May Your Enemies Never Find begins like any other ‘play this for your children before they go to bed to really make sure they ain’t getting up again’ style tracks our young, lifeless generation of songwriters indulge in. I’d love to say it massively improves but the echoey, supposedly ‘atmospheric’ vocals, the boring, impotent music and structures remain very placid for the first half. Then out of no where – we get life. It disappears again and low and behold, comes back for a big loud sleek sounding indie ending. Nothing fantastic but better on hindsight. The kind of track that could be used to advertise Eternal Sunshine of A Spotless Mind.

Blood Branches unfortunately doesn’t manage any sort of a turn around. It’s just as boring as it sounds at the beginning right through till the end. I see what the band are aiming for but it’s not hitting home. It’s Sunday, we have headphones on. No distractions or anything but we’re not moved an ounce. Others like it, Tickets There and the majority don’t.

While May Your Enemies Never Find (you?) had the saviour, Blood Branches was short and lacked lyrics, Medals has little to offer. We’re leaving it there folks. Tickets There isn’t meant to do scathing reviews and if we’re going to get back into them, there’s worse out there than Halves. Our final word is simple, this music is boring. Think it’s time the world stopped trying to take itself so seriously and had some fun again with fun people and not be subjected to this moaning, woe is me, life is so miserable and broken hearted ….lalalal. God people. Try to enjoy yourselves.

Now, aren’t we professional?

MySpace Review – Cap Pas Cap

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, MySpace Review with tags , , , on January 21, 2011 by Tickets There

Right, enough excuses and delays. It’s time to get back to Tickets There’s roots rather than fecking editor Rob’s passions. Cap Pas Cap is a band that bored us to tears when we saw them live. Awful stuff, such a dreadfully boring show. Think they supported Jape in Tripod, but don’t quote us on that. As always with Tickets There, its second chance time so we decided Cap Pas Cap needed another looksy. Without basing the sound on performance this time, it’s actually quite ok, for what it is. In theory this shouldn’t be a MySpace review as we have seen them but it’s Friday, stick your rules!

The whole Joy Division revival thing that’s going on is getting a tad stale. Music minus the soul that makes it legendary but guised in layers of ‘this is actually something deep, deep, deep below the surface’. It’s so deep no human ear can’t detect it, that’s why we only have a few hundred part-time fans, cause they’re the ones who get it. Oh, Sex is On Fire, lets dance! What does all that rubbish mean? It means bands are able to pass of sub-standard, repetitive, entertainment lacking / un-heartfelt mush and claim it to be this enormously complex, thronged with diversity despite sounding like it was written in three seconds Here’s the thing though (don’t ya know), it’ll be respected 20 years in the future because this sh*t right here is well before it’s time.

Utter rubbish and it’s our duty (volunteers, not that anyone actually wants us doing this) to wade through all the *BS and find songs/bands that accidently slip up and write something that comes close to enjoyable music. If you’re in the right mood, Mirrors from Cap Pas Cap will help. Imagine being heavily buzzed with a whitey in a Dutch nightclub toilet with heavy trance music blaring in and no water available. If this song came on, you would kill yourself. If you’re perfectly fine and just a bit drunk around 1.30ish in the morning, then Mirrors sums up the ‘in the thick of it now’ feeling you get when the safety net of another hour or two drinking is left but you have reached the point of happy out.

‘In The Thick of it’ done, not yet. The house / pop / electro styling’s of Friends will liven things back up a bit. Can’t imagine watching it live with any great interest but hand this to the DJ and there will be muchos schmoozey posing and trance style mock dance shapes galore in Whelan’s. Not a bad tune but very, very downbeat so if you’re happy out in mid-town, find some KISS. Wait till she dumps you before hitting this needle.

Tickets There out – for now. Check out the Cap Pas Cap MySpace at Cap Pas Cap…..MySpace

*BS – BS Stands for Bullshit.

MySpace Review – The Bonnevilles

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, MySpace Review on November 4, 2010 by Tickets There

Ah thank sweet lord Mary, a band who isn’t boring us to depression wrenched tears. God, sorry for the total lack of updates from yours truly (and Anto) recently, the drought was shocking. Not one bit of motivation after the announcement that Humanzi and another of our favorite bands have probably packed in the game for good. Not too worry tears won’t be wasted on this filth (well, not here. We sob like babies at night…babies!). Instead of wallowing in torturous misery we’ll continue our quest to find good music and spread the word to the people. Today we’re delighted to say we got one, The Bonnevilles.

Never seen em, don’t have their album….but we’ll probably have to pick it up now.

Ah what does Tickets There want from life? That’s right! We want two stripper girlfriends, a lot of drink and some good dirty music to accompany. The Bonnevilles have delivered one of the three and this makes us smile. Mixing their styles between a little rock, post punk, garage rock and even a little bit of country, the band has a strong, authentic sound. Good Suits and Fightin’ Boots is a dirty little stoner rock number with a nice greasy blues guitar ridding through. No Law in Lurgan & Murderers Song confuses us. If it’s one song, it’s savage, if it’s two, it’s still brilliant! You’ve

No major need to go into details of all the songs, they’re all rockin’. Hard to imagine this band not having a real cut-throat vibe and presence on stage. The desperado overtones of God Might Love Me really gets this across so Tickets There will be making a serious effort to catch their next Dublin show. There’s a few different styles thrown in on their songs with a great down toned density to the recordings. Just great but then again, how are you not going to like a band that lists it’s top three influences as Howlin’ Wolf, Motorhead and Wine ?

Check out their MySpace by Clicking Here.

IRISH NOISE! My Evil Ex (MySpace Review)

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, MySpace Review with tags , , , , , , on September 26, 2010 by Tickets There

Breaking the current hair metal obsessions for a few minutes, Tickets There decided it was time to review the band that’s been keeping our Irish feet firmly rooted all week. Hailing from the rebel county, My Evil Ex are easily one of the best new bands we’ve found this year. We saw them at Temple House Music Festival in Sligo and now it’s time for our reader (readers on Tuesdays) to hear exactly how good they are…without actually hearing the music, you need to visit their MySpace for that…but read the review first, we need to raise €80,000 or the mob are taking our thumbs.

Only three songs! always disappointing when a great band only has a small handful of tracks to choose from. Guess it means we’ll actually have to get of our arses and pick up their album later on. For now, (Just A Little) Drop of Poison will make do. A lovely mix of bluegrass blues, stompy drums and catchy as hell vocals. Love it! These guys have been on our rotation all week and every listen just brings them closer and closer to our hearts.

Drunk on the Thought of You is similar in ways to Drop of Poison, but the guitar comes to the surface a lot more and the heavy bass is very welcome. Again it’s a sing along number with lots of quirky little moments and a nice soulful flow to the whole track. Short, sweet and the perfect middle ground before the next song turns their entire sound upside down.

Flavuor (title could easily be confused with ‘I’m Not Your Fucking Friend) is a blistering, heavy thumper. Forget the bluegrass, the blues and the soul. This is angry hardcore punk rock. Is it even the same singer? We’re not sure but we’re excited. Ironically, because of this song alone Tickets There wants to be friends with My Evil Ex, but they’re having none of it according to this tune. Brilliant!

Love them, buying the album and checking them out live as soon as we can. My Evil Ex are definitely a name to remember and a band to love! Check out their MySpace by Clicking Here.

IRISH NOISE! The Paddy Usher Band (MySpace Review)

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, MySpace Review with tags , , , , , on September 21, 2010 by Tickets There

Tickets There are playing catch up today. With September being full of Guns N’ Roses, shows, a festival and a wedding, we haven’t had a whole pile of time for writing. We’re doing our best to flesh out the site a little but overwhelming tiredness, depression educing lack of funds and an eagerness to do nothing but rock out and drink this month is delaying things a little. (There’s Hope!) The addictive charms of The Danger Is brought us back to reviewing and the rock out talent of this next band may just be enough to keep us sober, awake and a little better off.

Witnessing The Paddy Usher Band’s performance at the recent Temple House Music Festival, Tickets There decided this was another band in need of our much coveted, sought after attention (a-hem..coughs). Their MySpace kicks off with the very catchy, very main stream rock out melter Hot Tub Safari. A tad bloated in places and not able to keep all of its six minutes edge of seat gripping but it’s still a great number. There’s some classic rock in there, some Foo Fighters and several radio friendly key points. If they stripped this one back by about 2 minutes then we’re good to go.

You Are So Much Better Off is a real modern version of the Aerosmith country/rock song. It fills it’s time better than Hot Tub Safari and has a good beat driving it home. Aside from a slight lag towards the end, this track is a nifty little number and again more than radio friendly.

The Whole World Can See is a little too ballady for our tastes. There’s some good meat on the bones in places but the bottom really drops out of the chorus, Pity as well, the verse and bridges are probably the loudest thing on the whole player.

Live, there’s alot more to offer and it may be time to update the MySpace player. At the same time, there’s more than enough here to convince you these guys have something real going on. They’re talented, they sound great on record but the songs here just lack that magical touch by a ruthless producer.

Check out their MySpace by Clicking Here

IRISH NOISE! The Danger Is – All For Gold (MySpace Review)

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, MySpace Review with tags , , , , on September 21, 2010 by Tickets There

Finding info on The Danger Is, is one of the toughest things we’ve had to do here at Tickets There. But after an amazing show from the lovely Niamh Danger and her band at last week’s Temple House Music Festival, we just had to write something about them.  There’s only one song on their MySpace at the moment but fortunately it’s a little Gem.

All For Gold is a beauty of a song. Fast, energetic, friendly, warm and completely irresistible. Niamh’s voice oozes with soothing character and talent, all nicely wrapped in a very well written basket of heaviness, calm and slight hints of fifties ballad pop. There’s several different landing spots in the songs structure which make the song fill out it’s time extremely well. If we write any more we’ll end waffling.

Excellent song and a band that is shooting higher and higher up the Tickets There Likes list. Check them out for yourself by Clicking Here (The Danger Is MySpace), come back and pat us on the back for giving you a lovely treat today*

* Unless by some small chance you find things for yourself on the internet and heard this song and the band 1,500 times before. Seen them so many times you can play their set on guitar without ever having a lesson and you’re almost engaged to Niamh herself. Then there’s no need to pat us…ah well.

The Danger Is Play The Workman’s Club with Oliver Cole on October 23rd.

MySpace Review – ChimpanBee

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, MySpace Review with tags , , , , , , , , on September 4, 2010 by Tickets There

Well, after a week like that, we think it’s time for a proper break from the most controversial band in Ireland. Getting engrossed in one international group can often lead to negligence of the main goal, which for Tickets There is always the promotion and endorsement of Irish bands. What makes that goal a lot easier is finding an Irish band like Chimpanbee who zap you in with just one song and give you that spark to open word and knuckle down with some good tuneage.

As usual, we’ve never seen the band live or heard their album

For the last half hour, we’ve been thoroughly enjoying The Pressures of Free Money, the first track on the bands MySpace player. This is a real radio friendly number that’s both memorable and ear pleasing. Not a song you’d write volumes about but certainly one that would appeal to the day time DJ masses, without getting on your nerves. Hasn’t for us after multiple listens anyway.

60’s Man is rougher, harder and just as catchy. The vocals have more grit; the instruments are more blunt and dense, giving the song a lot more force. Still safe in structure (meaning it’s written to catch on rather than make a statement), but more appealing to those of us with a rock bone or two.

She Done Too Much follows suit with a similar style to 60’s Man. Not as gritty but still retaining that hard edged, tension building style. The vocals go a tad raw in places rather than delivering the force that would make this more of a stand out but keep in mind, these guys formed in February so expect re-recording’s in the future For now this version will do just fine.

We’ve had the poppy number, then the rock numbers and now it’s time for the true indie appealing one. No Lies sounds like a mix of Coldplay and Blur. Not the most exciting sound in the world and not as high on our list of favs as the previous three tracks but still a decent track. A few listens make more appealing (especially the last minute or two of the track, good way to finish) so we’ll see how things pan out in the future.

Advice – go listen, give them your support. They have an appealing sound and they obviously know what they’re doing. Check out their MySpace by Clicking Here.

IRISH NOISE! – The Funeral Suits (MySpace)

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, MySpace Review with tags , , , on August 29, 2010 by Tickets There

Unfortunately, The Funeral Suits are exempt from the MySpace Review series because we’ve seen them before. Seen them, been bored to tears from what we remember and never went back..until now (oh spicy, where’s this going you ask).

Since we’re going through the Hard Working Class Heroes 2010 lineup, we saw the lads and decided to have another go, just to see what it was we originally didn’t like about them and we’re still scratching our heads. Not being massive fans of modern Irish Indie (aside from Ash, fuck yeah!), it takes a lot to get us interested but here we are, several days later still going back for more.

Opening song Florida draws heavily on current indie heavyweights, Arcade Fire but the band fuse their own mesh of sounds and oddities in to make the song a little more compelling, diverse and unique. Not adhering to any strict song structure, they jump around quite a lot in a short space of time without losing the overall flow. Could warm up to this.

Black Lemonade is a funkier affair with a good chunky bass lead and a booming vocal/drum driven grandness. It’s short, catchy and a mix of pretty perfect pop with roots in ‘real music’, pretty much everything an indie song should be. Would it stand the test of time and a larger audience? Well, in our opinion it would certainly hold it’s own on any stage going and compared to a lot of bands out there, this one has something special to offer.

Next up is a demo for Color Fader and its very sparse, very atmospheric and quite enjoyable, The drums add a real back bone for the first half before the song turns into a repetitive free for all. Very good and achieves what it sets out to do. Stars are Spaceships is the next demo and this time it’s guitars to the front, drums on standby and tension to the ready. Loopy lead jumps in, overshadowing the slightly reaching vocals before things pan out well with the re-introduction of backline guitars. A little less point to this one and in places it drags out but it’s got a good direction and in all fairness, it’s a demo – not a finished product. Watch this space for the re-review of the final version.

Acid Happy brings us to the end (since Tickets There doesn’t review remixes) and again we hear that slight Arcade Fire style jump in. There are other influences but there’s no need to go too in-depth as the band have done a pretty commendable job keeping things sounding like The Funeral Suits more than anyone else. This track is the closest to a replica and could have been picked off Funeral. Not bad, just not as appealing to us as the previous songs.

Well, despite a slightly damper note on the last one, The Funeral Suits are definitely a band we see our selves coming around to more and more over the next few months. The lads have been on the go for a few years and by the sounds of it, they’re past the ‘what do we do now’ stage of an indie band when the cloths and image are in place. We advise a visit to their MySpace a few spins of the player, great stuff!

Visit their MySpace by Clicking Here

My Space Review – Enemies

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, MySpace Review with tags , , , , , on August 26, 2010 by Tickets There

Hard Working Class Heroes 2010 is beginning to pay off! Tickets There has been trawling through the line-up, searching for any hidden gems and here we go, straight to number one we’ve found a band that combines The Redneck Manifesto with Adebisi Shank and gives you solid, well delivered instrumental tunes galore. Enemies have been around for over three years so we’re pretty sure we’re not exactly introducing them to the world, but as ye all know a mention on Tickets There guarantees bands at least a 4,500% increase in record sales! *

*(Not legally binding – Tickets There Incorporated PLC .net Octagon specialists in the field of terminal technology and severed biscuits offers no such guarantee that albums sales will increase as a result of this review. All references to such an offer or purely based on the writers own poor attempts at humor with an objective to pass themselves off as witty and make our reader (readers on Saturday) chuckle for no less than 0.3 seconds)

We’ve never seen them live or heard their album(s).

Without going into each songs merits (of which there’s many), lowlights (of which there’s few/none) and nitty gritty’s lets us just say that Enemies are one of the most engaging, exciting, powerful produced and well arranged instrumental bands we’ve ever heard, They mix tropical hop alongs (Trademark name for all that finger tapping, Fender styled lead parts ya hear) with full on, break the strings, neck and shatter the body riffage. We’ve Been Talking is such a gem of a track you just can’t put it down. Up’s downs, Armageddon and plenty of Tropical hop alongs!

Bits of Parrots starts off with a very mellow vide. Nice, lounge atmosphere, swaying guitars and ever so slight THAL’s that intertwine with a very ‘on the edge drumming style’. The band want to get baked on Acid, the drummer wants to explode out. Don’t believe the relaxation though, as the song unfolds things return to overdriven pile drive riffs and guitar supremacy – Love it!

Two Lads, the final song on their MySpace page (*weeps) is where things really come together. Seven Minutes of musical perfection, captivating changes, pleasant moments of calm and feedback introduced minutes of carnage. It’s complex, layered and constantly evolving, meaning the minutes fly by and you end up clicking repeat more times than you can count.

Excellent band and one we’ll have to see live. If you like instrumental rock/metal/indie – then these guys are for you.

Enemies MySpace

MySpace Review – Bouts

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, MySpace Review with tags , , , on August 26, 2010 by Tickets There

There’s something you should know about Tickets There, we always get caught off guard but a solid, unflinching guitar, small changes without stopping the rhythm and harmonies. We just love that combination and when a band manages to pull it off, we always have to stop and have a look. Today’s MySpace Review looks at Bouts, a band comprised of X-Lines Drawing Circles & Green Lights members and though the songs are badly in need of a little studio time, an experienced producer and something to spice them up, they show enough potential to be a future diamond from the rough.

As always, we’ve never heard of em, never seen em.

Currently playing Simple Argument and it’s a nice, down toned number with hints of Weezer (Only In Dreams, check out the end – love it) and Ash. Not as fast as those bands but on a good course to do their own thing without pushing the boat too much. What does that even mean? We’re not entirely sure – it’s not bad ok!

First song was She Moves Alright and this is the one that sold us on the review. Better produced, nicer flow to the music and the vocals remind us of a restrained Joey Wilson in places which we’ll always give kudos for. Nice song, poppy, non-invasive and fun. Just needs a little more grit in the bridge and chorus on the vocals.

Tides is next and it sounds alright. Not really seeing the point to this one as much. Choppy vocals, feedback from a guitar that doesn’t materialize for ages – oh, there it is. All’s well and ends well, can’t argue when distortion, feedback and blatant heaviness come together like that.

So far none of these songs could come out in the current form and blow the world apart. They need re-writes and recordings done but they’ve all shown great potential and at the end of the day, that’s all a new band needs.

Last song Strike it Up starts off with a familiar intro (it’s all ion the intros lads, diversify). Vocals are too weak here to the point their character is lost, especially against the fairly stand out guitars and prominent snare overhead. Not a bad song, but so similar to the others it doesn’t really hold sway. Nice explosive chorus style though – so good I’d say I love this song just for the chorus.

Worth checking out but best to wait another year or so to give the lads a chance to really knock you out.

Bouts MySpace.

MySpace Review – Pavesi

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, MySpace Review with tags , , , , , on August 13, 2010 by Tickets There

Review: Stephen Byrne

Following Pavesi’s recent appearance at the King Kong Club in The Village We took it upon ourselves to check out their Myspace. so first things first lads get the web Dr. in your site is unreadable.

You could be listening to any sunkist american indie outfit untill Duck Gallagher starts to sing on East Side the influence of 80’s Irish rock such as Something Happens and the Four of Us is obvious while homage is also paid to Brian Adams and the 80’s soft rock ballad in general.Unfortunately they have failed to capture the energy of their live show in the studio Shake starts of with a guitar line somewhere inbetween “Summer of 69” and Nada Surf’s “Fruit Fly” untill Ducks vocals turn it into a Neil Diamond parody in places. We now know what a diamond cover of any of the songs from Coldplays Parachutes album would sound like.

Despite Ronan Hana’s obvious guitar talent there’s no getting away from the feeling that it close but no cigar for Pavesi the choruses fail to shine as bright as they do live its another case of a good live band failing to tame the studio.

MySpace Review – Goatboy

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, MySpace Review with tags , , , , , , , on July 22, 2010 by Tickets There

Review: Stephen Byrne (Originally posted @ Alternative Irish Music Review)

Its hard to believe that Goatboy emerged from the fumbling progish offerings of the Screaming Skies to become one of Ireland’s finest singer/songwriters.

Winter Tears is a fine ballad ephemeral, yet gusty. Akin to Arcade Fire and Bon Ivor. Mark O’Sullivan’s rich reverbed vocals resonate beautifully throughout all of his songs, especially so in New Moon where the intelligent mimicking of the harmony vocals by the piano, electric guitar, and strings, build to a very earthy sing-a-long chorus.

With For Your Love its as if James Taylor and Death Cab for Cutie have collaborated in the Bermuda Triangle the juxtaposition of pure country slide guitar led verses and uptempo alt rock guitar choruses shouldn’t work, but work they do.

Japanese City Nights is a fantastic Electro instrumental. The bass and Synth riffs play off each other beautifully and its also the standout track from Indiecator Records World Cup themed compilation “Fastforward”.

Goatboy plays Pick for the Picnic at Crawdaddy on the 22nd of July.

Visit their MySpace by Clicking Here.

MySpace Review – The Hot Sprokets

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, MySpace Review with tags , , , , , on July 12, 2010 by Tickets There

Ya know, we’re getting close to the 100 reviews mark for this series and the good bands just keep on coming. Technically, that’s like 70 good/great/amazing bands from Ireland that we’ve found in the last two years and still doesn’t include some of the best in the country. Considering how half-arsed we run this blog, we’re willing to bet there’s at least double that number still waiting to be discovered. MySpace Reviews forever and long may everything come up Millhouse.

Today’s band came to our attention when we noticed they were playing our least favorite Dublin venue, The Odessa Club this week. Fortunately, the Live @ The Odessa night attracts some really great names so you ignore the thoughts of men in pink polo shirts sipping white wine and comparing their Beemer interiors and focus on the bands at hand. The Hot Sprockets play retro revival sixties rock with several helpings of bluegrass, KOL style licks and hooky guitars. We here at TT don’t like KOL but we’ll happily take the rest.

As usual, we’ve never seen the band live or heard their album.

Opening with the busy bodied Honey Skippin’, things get off to a great start. It’s robust, rocking and instantly friendly. Excellent number, our favorite of the lot and a great sign of things to come from the band. Sleep Shake’s next (skipping the live number) and it’s a much more relaxed affair. There are some bumpkin melody guitars, some croaky vocals, a real catchy, acoustic White Stripes chorus and everything else sounds good too….nice!

Solid Gold intros with a good chunky bass, some harmonica licks and a good old fashioned guitars playing some not too pushed blues rock. Similar in structure to Sleep Shake but with more of an edge, definitely another one worth listening to.

The final two songs seem to be much earlier work by the band. On Your Own is alright, wouldn’t be mental about it. It’s not awful or anything but it’s just lacking in character when compared to the previous three tracks. Creepin is more upbeat but the vocals seem intent on replicating the KOL style just too much for our liking. The songs could be great and we’d like to hear it re-recorded with the singer’s newer style and then we’ll give it another go.

All in all, one to watch. The newer material sounds fantastic and boasts great potential. The Hot Sprokets are a  band Tickets There wants to hear more from. Visit their MySpace now by Clicking Here, then come back and bitch about how great the KOL are or how the singer sounds nothing at all like them in the earlier material and this site is run by dickheads for douche bags.

IRISH NOISE! – The Urges (MySpace Review)

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, MySpace Review with tags , , , , , on July 4, 2010 by Tickets There

Though The Urges may be more suited for a MySpace Review, we thought it was about time we did another Irish Noise feature instead because honestly, we prefer the art work and the Urges have been around for about seven years now so it’s our fault for not discovering them before today, not theirs.

Like many bands we’ve reviewed recently, The Urges play sixties psychedelic styled rock and again like many Irish bands, they play it well. The MS player starts on I Gotta Wait which has a nice alt/country opening before falling into a Rolling Stones styled swaggering rock number. Lotta crashing drums, lotta guitar work and good strong vocals. On top of the solid structure, they’ve got a pretty savage tune in I Gotta Wait.

It Ain’t Right comes on next and this one falls more into the psychedelic styled song with the standard Hammond organ joining proceedings. The vocals are a little more nasally than before but the backing chants from the band help beef things up a little. Musically it’s strong again and gets better and better as it goes on. Nothing too stand outish but very enjoyable all the same.

13th Floor (Live at the BBC) comes in third and again the psych sound returns with some Door’s-esque / garage rock fusion. Very similar in composition to many sixties greats and all the better for it. Song becomes even more enjoyable in the final minutes as the band branch out from the simple verse, chorus end structure of the other too and indulge in some badly needed trippy jamming.

Final (first) tune, The Urges Theme is another slice of catchy gritty rock. Good verse, good chorus, not. Not a song you’d write a hundred words about but worth several listens. Think we’re running out of steam today so why not check out their MySpace page and give them a go for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.

MySpace Review – The Revellions

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, MySpace Review with tags , , , , , , on July 3, 2010 by Tickets There

Not sure if this is our third or fourth attempt to get this bands review finished but no matter what computer we try, their MySpace page brings IE and Firefox to a near freeze. Very frustrating when you only have 30 minutes to do a review! There’s one saving grace though, the band sound wicked cool.

As usual we’ve never seen them live or heard their album.

Ain’t No Love kicks things off and its psychedelic sixties organ driven rock delivered with punk brutality. It’s busy, forceful and changes constantly leaving no spare room, no let up and nothing to flaw. Really good and well worth the 10 minutes it takes to get the f**ker loaded up.

Have It All comes on next and it’s more of a desperado styled sixties piece. The vocals are just as dirty as before, the music’s just as interactive despite a far more sublimed style. Tickets There is quite happy to be sold on the believability of the tracks alone. It’s not an Irish style and not something we’re massively good at it but The Revellions seems to have nailed it.

All The Lights (From the BBC Sessions) sounds like something straight from a Tarantino soundtrack. It’s got attitude, swagger and once again it’s delivered in that crisp cool desperado sound we all love. Well, we love it, that’s why Guns N’ Roses are so high on our list?

Second on the player, fourth in line – the irresistibly catchy Down On Your Luck comes along to blow the quiet desperado style out the window with some forceful, excellently delivered rock n roll. Some fantastic guitar and bass interaction, particularly towards the end when they spiral off together. Great number, top of the list so far.

Not The Attraction sees the band finally getting close to the ‘Garage Band’ tag they’ve labeled themselves with. Possibly one of the scariest, strangest songs we’ve heard while doing these reviews. Clusters of intense, over volumed noise compiled of pounding drums, looped and layered screaming vocals and dirtiness not seen since eighties LA. Completely chaotic, totally nonsensical yet strangely appealing.

Not totally sure if Walking Away is the final track due to the half frozen screen. Can barley move the damn thing but we’re gonna call it quits, too much messing around. Thankfully the guys don’t let us leave on a low note as Walking Away turns out to be a thumping little punky rock number. Not a massive leap in styles from the other tunes but instead, a perfect delivery of a sound these guys are brilliant and writing.

Yet another album Tickets There will be purchasing in the near future. Well worth heading over to their MySpace and sticking out the loading issues for a few spins.