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Jape Win Meteor Choice Award….again!

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , , , , on March 9, 2012 by Tickets There

Tickets There extends a hearty congratulations to Richie Egan and the guys in Jape for winning the Choice Award for the second time. In 2008 the band scooped the prize for their incredible ‘Ritual’ album and now they’ve gotten it for the follow up,Ocean of Frequency’.

Jape are one of Ireland’s most exciting bands and Tickets There have been firm fans for a very long time. l’m delighted to see the award go to Richie and extend a congrats to all the other nominees who qualified for the award including the excellent And So I Watch You From Afar, Bell X1 and Lisa Hannigan who all put out excellent albums last year.

Seriously though Choice lads, he’s just a ‘man who plays the bass from Crumlin’!

Electric Picnic 2012 – Line-Up Announced

Posted in Gig Listing, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2012 by Tickets There

This year’s much anticipated Electric Picnic Line-up has been announced and there’s a few gems in there to keep all happy. With the cancelation of this year’s Oxegen Festival, music heads around the country have been hoping for a saving grace from the eclectic lads, but have POD delivered?

The Cure, Sigur Rós, Elbow, Grizzly Bear, Orbital, Christy Moore, The Roots, Hot Chip, Glen Hansard, The xx, Metronomy, The Horrors, Azealia Banks, Roots Manuva, Bell X1, Staff Benda Bilili, Milagers, Ed Sheeran, Alabama Shakes, Cranes, Little Roy, Land Lovers, Baxter Dury, Jonathan Wilson, Solar Bears, Fatoumata Diawara, Willis Earl Beal, Lanterns on the Lake plus many many more to be announced.

The Cure have been a front runner for this festival, but add in Christy Moore, Orbital, Bell X1, Glen Hansard and you’ve got yourself a cosy little festival! Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning. We’ll be back with price details shortly.

BELL X1 Announce Album Release & Dublin Shows

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , on December 9, 2010 by Tickets There

The Bellies are coming back folks. With a lengthy acoustic tour already completed and a headlining appearance at this years Live At The Marquee in Cork confirmed, they’re cementing the Irish comeback trail with today’s announcement that their fifth studio album, Bloodless Coup will be released April 1st and to celebrate, they’ll be playing Vicar Street on April 6th and 7th.

Tickets for the shows are priced €33.60 and go on sale December 13th @ 09:00am.

Read more @ Hotpress

Bell X1 Announce Acoustic Shows

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , , on July 14, 2010 by Tickets There


Bell X1 have announced an acoustic tour across Ireland in November. The jaunt will see them hit every corner of the country and according to Hotpress they may even thrown in a few tunes from their next album.

Full list of shows can be viewed below,

Riverbank, County Kildare (10)
Vicar St., Dublin (11)
Set Theatre, Kilkenny (12)
The Pavilion, Cork (13)
De Barra’s, Clonakilty (14)
Glor, Ennis (17)
Town Hall, Galway (18)
St. John’s Church, Limerick (19)
INEC, Killarney (20)
Theatre Royal, Waterford (21)
Spirit Store, Dundalk (24)
Empire, Belfast (25)
Balor Theatre, Ballybofey (26)
New Model Theatre, Sligo (27)

Oliver Cole’s Debut Album Release Date Confirmed

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 5, 2010 by Tickets There


Ex-Turn legend Oliver Cole will finally release his debut album, We Albatri on March 26th.

In a quick, non disclosing statement on his facebook page, Ollie has confirmed this is the date we’ll finally get to hear what he’s been up to since Turn disbanded in July 2006.  

Recorded in Germany and Ireland, the record’s set to included contributions from Therapy legend Graham Hopkins and Bell X1 main man Paul Noonan as well as others. The first single from the album, What Will ya Do? Was released in October 2009 and according to artwork Ollie’s posted on his official face book page, it looks like a second single entitled Oh My Girl will be released shortly. Tickets There has heard the track many times and we think ye’ll like it.

Finally, Ollie has also updated his MySpace Player with a couple of new tracks entitled Oh What A Girl You Could Be and The Shadow Of The Empire.

Tickets There will let ye know as soon as the albums Artwork and track listing have been confirmed.

Possible songs might include: Oh My Girl, What Will Ya Do? Drug Song, Wide Open, Holding Your Heart, We Albatri, Oh What A Girl You Could Be, The Shadow Of The Empire, Close Your Eyes (New Version), Too Many People and Life’s Great Advice.

Special Thanks to dougmiestergen for bringing this to TT’s attention. Damn leg has our radar all messed up :(.

Check Out the following links to find out more…but not much, that’s pretty much all there is for the moment.

Oliver Cole – Official MySpace
Oliver Cole – Official Facebook

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HY-GIY?: Bell X1 – Music in Mouth

Posted in Album Review, Hy-Giy, IRISH NOISE!, Music with tags , , , , , , , on December 14, 2009 by Tickets There

Have to take a break from Guns N’ Roses stories and it’s been too long since I revisited some of the finest albums our local acts have released over the years so let’s turn the spotlight on Kildare’s favorite sons, Bell X1.

I first discovered Bell X1 in March, 2003. I remember the date because it was the month Turn launched their second album, Forward in Vicar Street and they roped in the Bellies as support. I wasn’t overly impressed. I’d heard Neither Am I briefly the year before and hadn’t been too impressed by that either (although Man on Mir will always be amazing). That was my first impression. What made its mark was one of my housemates playing White Water Song nonstop for about two months after the gig and then another housemate constantly playing Alphabet Soup on the guitar every time someone blinked. By September I was turning my favor towards the group and that same month I was back in vicar Street to see Turn only this time they were supporting Bell X1 for their Music in Mouth album launch. Turn were great but admittedly, the night belonged to the headliners despite my love for the Kell’s trio and with that, I was hooked.

A few days later I was back in Sligo and saw a copy of Music in Mouth for sale so I bought it, headed to work thinking I’d some fine listening for the evening. Two minutes later I’d managed to bump into Paul Noonan loading gear out of a truck on O’Connell Street, into a tiny little pub called McGarrigles where the band was playing a show to around a hundred people or less. Bell X1 have been one of Tickets There’s favorite Irish bands ever since our first topsy, turvy year together and just two years after our initial encounter, the band were back in Sligo playing top over 5,000 fans in the Radisson Hotel, once again with Turn as support.

Anyway, that’s our original meeting with the band, now it’s time to discuss the music. Bell X1 have four albums, Neither Am I, Flock, Blue Lights on the Runway and our favorite and the subject of this review, Music In Mouth. I’ve picked this one for three reasons. 1, I’m not a massive fan of Flock and for some reason; I just never got into that much. 2, Neither Am I and Blue Lights On The Runway are great but not as good as MIM and 3, it was the album that got me hooked on the band. The styles on Music In Mouth and the song writing show serious improvements from their debut. The excellent Snakes and Snakes isn’t beloved by all but we like it. It’s a real upbeat, hooky number that displays the band’s talent for wacky yet cohesive musicianship, not to mention their always off the wall lyric choices.

The fantastically catchy Alphabet Soup, with its refined banjo / guitar riffs and its instantly memorable choruses follow and its overdriven, stripped back jumble of instruments after the choruses make this song as enjoyable as it is unique. Taking things back quite a distance, Daybreak presents a much more delicate side of the bands song writing. Not only is it one of the nicest songs on the record, it’s one of the nicest songs the band has ever written and anyone who, like Tickets There, has put this on first thing in the morning will know how good it is to wake up to. Lovely harmonies, lovely playing, lovely flow…and the feedback at the end gives you the final kick you need to wake up.

Off course everyone knows the very famous Eve, The Apple of My Eye. Once again it comes from the softer side of the band. What can you say about this song other than its lovely? You can say it was used during a very (searches for the appropriate PG word)…nice moment during the O.C. which ensures it’ll be a classic for many, many men out there for years to come.  

This puts us right in the ‘album track’ territory of Music in Mouth. Next to You, West of Her Spine and Bound for Boston Hill all make excellent additions to the record but it’s only when the opening notes of Tongue flare up that you realize just how sharp the Bellies song writing really is. Yes they have the knack to write perfectly sublime, enchanting and atmospheric pieces but, they also have a gift for heavy, loud bruising tracks that incorporate all the traits shown on the lighter material but still manage to kick you in the ass. The next track, White Water Song is another very, very good example of this. Chaotic guitars, bucket loads of O.T.T.-ness, Paul’s frenzied lyrics and style and the massive crunching chorus with spiraling guitar driven choruses launch forward gripping the confused first time listeners who were just warming up to the comfort shown on the rest of the album.

In Every SunFlower see’s a return to the land of album tracks but final song, I’ll See Your Heart and Raise You Mine gives the album on of its true highlights. As loveable and gentle as Eve, The Apple of My Eye but less popular making it just that little bit more special.

So that’s it, our review of our favorite Bell X1 record. Have You Got It Yet? No!! Go get it.

(What a corny way to end but I’ll See Your Heart… is still playing so forgive our soppy little words and child like gramm….I mean innocence.

Tickets There: Top 50 Albums (2000 – 2009)

Posted in General Tickets There Blog, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2009 by Tickets There

So, it’s decade ending time. All the music publications, webzines, blogs, fans everyone with a computer and the ability to type has a list of their top 5, 10, 20, 50, 1,000, 1,000,000 albums of the last ten years and the great, thoughtful, original minds that drive, create, nurture and bring you Tickets There have finally decided we’ll do one to. Sher if everyone else is, why wouldn’t we? Tickets There never claimed (in the last 30 minutes) to be original or independent so we’ll follow the herd with the list thing. Not really sure what’s the point since we probably only bought 20 albums in the last ten years that were actually released in that time.

Instead of doing the 1 – 50 order, we’re putting them in chronologically.  This is a basic, hastily put together history of what shaped the amazing, the incredible, the mind-bendingly stunning tastes held by all at Tickets There HQ.

(Please don’t give me hell for Testament, but that album deserves to be on this list, even though it wasn’t released in the time frame. Damn calendar counter counters!!)

Artist Album Title Year
Testament The Gathering 1999
Turn Antisocial 2000
The Avalanches Since I left you 2000
At The Drive In Relationship of Command 2000
The Dandy Warhols Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia 2000
Smashing Pumpkins MACHINA/The Machines of God 2000
Iron Maiden Brave New World 2000
White Stripes White Blood Cells 2001
The Foo Fighters One By One 2001
Ash Free All Angles 2001
Berkeley Hope Prayers and Bubblegum 2001
Muse Origin of Symmetry 2001
The Strokes Is This it 2001
Weezer The Green Album 2001
Idlewild 100 Broken Windows 2001
Rammstein Mutter 2001
Ben Kweller Sha, Sha 2002
The Frames Set list 2002
Johnny Cash American IV: The Man Comes Around 2002
Turn Forward 2003
Future Kings of Spain Future Kings of Spain 2003
Bell X1 Music in Mouth 2003
Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf 2003
Blur Think Tank 2003
Iron Maiden Dance of Death 2003
The Darkness Permission to land 2003
Motorhead Inferno 2004
Arcade Fire Funeral 2004
Jape The Monkeys At The Zoo 2004
The White Stripes Elephant
2004
Turn Turn 2005
Humanzi Tremors 2006
White Stripes Icky Thumb 2007
Marilyn Manson Eat Me, Drink me 2007
Happy Mondays Uncle Dysfunctional 2007
Siouxsie Sioux MantaRay 2007
Bruce Springsteen Magic 2007
Guns N Roses Chinese Democracy 2008
Metallica Death Magnetic 2008
Def Leppard Songs from the Sparkle Lounge 2008
Future Kings of Spain Nervousystem 2007
The Aftermath Friendlier Up Here 2008
Jape Ritual 2008
Whitesnake Good to be Bad 2008
Wired Desire Barley legal (EP, Honorable mention) 2008
Lady GaGa The Fame 2008
KISS Sonic Boom 2009
Megadeth EndGame 2009
Bell X1 Blue Lights on The Runway 2009
Them Crooked Vultures Them Crooked Vultures 2009

Tickets there – Irish Playlist: Friday, September 25th

Posted in General Tickets There Blog, IRISH NOISE!, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2009 by Tickets There

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Maybe try and start this as a new feature, a weekly playlist of irish tracks Tickets There is currently listening to.

  1. AshUncle Pat

We all know Ash. Most of us love Ash. They just seem to get better and better with time but this week it’s Uncle Pat Time. What a fecking classic riff. Tim’s voice is one of those you either love or hate and Tickets There loves it. The guitars are so strong, the voice is so light and it works.

  1. 2.       Future Kings of SpainYou Dream In Solid Gold

Mourning the loss of Tickets There’s prime choice for Irelands leading underground band, The Future Kings of Spain with the excellent You Dream in Solid Gold. Just one of many amazing tracks for their second album Nervousystem which I still advise everyone to go out and buy. Teach you what you’re missing when you ignore Irish acts.

  1. Future Kings of SpainDisappear

I know it’s not ‘cool’ to have the same band appear twice on the same list but |I| couldn’t care less, this is what Tickets There is listening to. Maybe I should explain something, when we find good music, we listen to it. We know there’s a lot of music out there and a lot of people are in a panic to hear absolutely every single note ever played but TT doesn’t go in for that. We don’t like jumping from one band to another every forty seconds. Instead, we find bands of quality, substance and talent and stick with them until they lose it.

Future Kings Disappear is a fantastic song. Atmospheric and classic. Great choice for anyone in mourning.

  1. Bell X1 – Snakes & Snakes

Was doing a review of the Bellies Music in Mouth album earlier and I’ve had this song on repeat ever since. Great track, always nice to revisit this classic album.

  1. Jaded SunHigher

This band caught me by surprise. I can’t believe how good they are and they only improve with age. Honestly I have their MySpace page open 24 hours a day listening to them. Cant wait to pick this album up tomorrow.

  1. One Day InternationalLittle Death

Did a review of this track several months ago and I still enjoy it, great wee song. Haven’t been tempted to see them live yet as I like a little more meat in my music for a gig but maybe one day.

  1. The FlawsOut Tonight

Not normally a fan of this type of music but I think the Flaws do a fairly decent job with this track. II suppose this would be considered an old one at this stage but Tickets There is in no way cutting edge I’m afraid.

  1. Female Hercules – Inside You

I’m pretty sure that every single time I try and write a ‘What I’m listening to now’ blog, I include this song every single time. Well worth a go if you haven’t heard them before. For fans of hardcore J

  1. HumaziStraight Lines

Come on lads, get the bloody album out!

  1. Neosupervital – Now That I’ve Found

One of the best dance / pop songs ever written by an irish act and a great tune to set you in a good mood. Expect many a blog today about the simple joys of listening to Neosupervital.

MYSPACE REVIEW SPECIAL – BELL X1

Posted in Music, MySpace Review with tags , , , , on June 3, 2009 by Tickets There

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I must start by apologizing for this review being so behind the times. I’ve been meaning to write this for a long time and I’m finally going to force myself through it. The Bellies release their fourth album (Blue Lights on the Runway) in January and three songs have been posted on their MySpace. As a special MySpace Review, Tickets There has decided to sit down and give them a go to see if the boys still have it.

The Great Defector starts things off with a strong beat built from techno/organ sounding keyboards and Paul’s typical strong drumming. Nice changes, typical wacky lyrics that always see to work and the always pleasing harmonies make the song a nice little slice of poppy rock. The guitars have a real sunshine and beaches party feel. This may be coming from the lads recent stints over stateside where they’ve been picking up some great press and even managed to make several TV appearances. Not a massive leap from their traditional style but pleasing all the same.

How Your Heart is Wired sounds like a lot of their previous work. A RnB drum and soft vocals backed by a slight piano melody before little guitar segments kick in. Instead of writing while listening, I decided to sit back after the last sentence and give it my full attention and it’s actually a great song. Lovely sounds that make it both atmospheric and tranquil. The lads have really harnessed their strong points and developed them far beyond Neither Am I and Tickets There’s personal favourite, Music in Mouth. From what I’ve heard so far, I think I’ll pop out shortly to get the album.

A Better Band is the last of the new material on MySpace. Different style once again and more in keeping with older tracks. Good use of a cow bell and soothing guitars while still managing to keep a strong presence. Not a fantastic number but certainly not a bad number either. The chorus is a little empty for my tastes and in comparison to the two previous tracks, this doesn’t hold it’s own as well. Also has a bit of a Grand Theft Auto: Vice City eighties feel to it. Emotion FM here we go. Half way through there’s a nice bridge that starts to turn the flow of the song around and eventually erupts in a start stop guitar burst followed by a slow but thumping drum beat before it all falls together and the lads go at it all guns blazing. No lyrics, just mighty, slow, rockin beats. God was I fooled into thinking this would be the weak song.

Overall, incredible stuff, sounds like the boys certainly do still have what it takes. Not sure who this is going down with their old fans but I’m converted.

Fair play!