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MySpace Review – The Gandhis

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

Been a long time since Tickets There’s gotten round to a good old fashioned MySpace Review. In some ways they’re a headache to do but they’re a little more relaxing (and cheaper) than forcing ourselves to grab a new album and write a full summary in a day or two. Monday morning rambling. Was that as boring for you to read as it was for us to write? Good J

Today we’re going through the Dublin Rocks! Bands and checking out the ones we haven’t heard before. Up first is Dublin four piece, The Gandhis who describe themselves as Pop / Alternative / Other. It’s the ‘other’ that gives their sound that extra appeal that’s keeping Tickets There listening.

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

After two songs (Promise Lane & The Ruby Show), The Gandhis sound like a mesh of The Coral and The Clash with a love for Ska. Promise Lane has a charming lads humor quality with a tongue in check, relaxed style of playing. The Ruby Show is more solid and direct but the Ska sound helps the song loosen up and rather than being straight punk, which it could easily be. Not bad at all.

Guy Like Me has some of the silliness from Paradise Lane and drops the Ska sound in favor of a more la, la, la acoustic harmony driven pop style. Would have felt more at home in the mid-sixties but the lads play well, there’s alot going on and they sound like they’d be alot of fun live. Final song, Don’t You Want To Be Loved By Me is back to a more direct form of song writing. The style is still quite relaxed but the quality of the song writing is on a higher level than Promise Lane and Guy Like Me.

All in all, pretty good. We weren’t expecting much but they’ve definitely cheered up our Monday morning. We recommend you have a listen to Ruby Lane and go from there. Check out their MySpace by Clicking Here.


Dublin Rocks! 2010 – Full Lineup Reveled!!

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2010 by Tickets There

The Dublin Rocks Festival is returning in may and this time there’s none of this two day nonsense. Instead, they’re treating us to three luscious days of bands…we’re going to check out. Some guaranteed acts on the line-up including Concerto for Constantine & Robotnick.

Unfortunately Tickets There isn’t fond of or familiar with many of the others so we’ll be checking out unknowns like Cat Dowling, The Gandhis and Grades of Shade in our next MySpace Reviews.

All three dates take place in Twisted Pepper but we haven’t any news about Tickets as of yet. Will update when we know more. Full line-up with links to the Twisted Pepper Site and previous bands reviews below.

Thursday May 13th

Lady Doll
The Hassle Merchants
Readers Wives

Friday May 14th

Grades of Shade
Concerto for Constantine

Saturday May 15th

The DC Experiment
Cat Dowling
The Gandhis

MySpace Review – The DC Experiment

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, MySpace Review with tags , , , , , on November 3, 2009 by Tickets There


The 2009 Dublin Rocks! Festival is taking place on November 13th and 14th in the Village on Wexford Street. To celebrate a rock festival (or mourn actual rock music), Tickets There is taking a look at all six acts that have been announced. We didn’t have too much joy with The Alphastates but things tool a turn for the better when we heard The Beat Poets. Now it’s time to look at Dub Country….but unfortunately, we can’t find their MySpace. Instead,. We’ll jump straight along to The DC Experiment who are scheduled to play on the 14th.

As usual, Tickets There hasn’t seen the band live or heard their record.

Right, The DC Experiment actually list themselves as rock, so that helps. The openings bars and vocal styles of first song, The Game would fool you though,. A tad too wishy washy to be considered rock n roll. ‘You’re a rock n roller, you’re a renegade’. Little too cliché for TT’s tastes and it sounds like Moby covering Rock N Roll Kids by Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan. Very dull, very plain and very uninteresting. Still though, never judge a book and all that.

Now, second song Cassius Clay is a little more in keeping with the kind of style this band should stick to. It’s more along the style of bands like The Stunning. Melodic country rock with that ever so slightly horsey yet smooth voice. If the lyrics were a little more free flowing and certain words didn’t suddenly jump out then this song would be a much more stable piece of music. At the moment its holding its own and Tickets There is turned around a little and actually looking forward to the next one. See what I said about the book?

Tonight is like a mix of funk and The Game. The opening verse is kind of annoying but the chorus goes back to that smooth Irish country rock. There’s a nice bass solo at the bridge which will get your feet tapping. Something bugs me about the vocals. The singer (Dave Conway) can definitely sing, you can really hear it during the chorus. It’s a very distinct voice, cool voice and just a couple of tweaks would need to be made to turn this into a pretty great track.

Last song (there’s two more demo’s after this but we’ll leave it at this, give them a chance to finish the tracks before we jump on em). Who Are You has some nice harmonies in there. It’s actually a demo aswell so they haven’t been finished but the chorus will be a must hear when it’s done. The verse again is a little weak but overall the song has alot of potential.

Well, may not have been the most positive review I’ve ever done. There are a couple of things that bug me but Tickets There would recommend The DC Experiment If you’re a fan of bands like REM or the Stunning, then they’re a good choice to keep an eye on for the future. Just listening to A Weight (one of the last two demos) and it’s pretty upbeat and sweet so there’s more there than Tickets There has called out.

Check out their MySpace Now by Clicking Here.

MySpace Review – The Beat Poets

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, MySpace Review with tags , , , , , , , on November 3, 2009 by Tickets There


Stop the presses, this isn’t a genuine MySpace Review. This is a Breaking Tunes Review and Tickets There has decided to use BT because this next band decided it would be better to put two minute samples on their MySpace instead of full songs (B*stards). Ah well, fortunately the first song on breaking Tunes sounded a hell of alot more appealing than the one on their MySpace, so it’s all for the best. The band in question or The Beat Poets. They hail from Belfast (not enough Dublin bands to choose from?) and they seem to be getting alot of great press. Tickets There doesn’t care about all that. We’ve chosen them because they’re one of six groups playing the Dublin Rocks! Festival this month in The Village.

As usual Tickets There has never seen them or heard their album.

Ok, I postponed taking a look at The Spikes because…well, carpet doesn’t match the curtains with that lot. Imagine Lemmy (Now added to Word Dictionary. Lemmy should be a recognized word!), singing Snow Patrol and you’re on the right track. So instead The Beat Poets have the opportunity to surprise, entertain and delight the notorious, yet sedated Tickets There. First song, Staring Stars Down does a pretty good job of doing just that. Fast paced, loud, guitars, drums and almost Axl speed on the vocals. It’s a big song and any radio station that turns down a track like this needs to be taken out back and shot (hear that ya pricks?). Very good fast paced rock n roll. Now we’re rolling.

Ohhh, very big change on second track Bloodline. Their profile mentions that they have the potential to be the biggest band to emerge from the north since Snow Patrol and a track like this will only further that notion. Rather than the full on guitar explosion and heavy riff filled belter than they have in Staring Stars Down, this is more intertwined with melody, light breezy effects and typical new millennium radio friendly characteristics. Not all bad. The chorus is quite good, the guitars do get heavier towards the end and there are a few elements of modern Red Hot Chili Peppers in the songs structure. Not bad but no Staring Stars Down. Tickets There remains confident that the last song will pull them back.

G.I doesn’t start off sounding like its gonna blow you away but by the time you reach the chorus they knock you back a little. Lyrics and vocals throughout the verse aren’t the best but the chorus is a total belter. Unfortunately, the guitar solo Tickets There was hoping for never materializes and the tune ends very abruptly. Still though, not a bad group at all and hopefully they have several more wee shit kicking tracks up their sleeve. Guess we’ll find out on November 14th when the play Dublin’s Village. Before all that, TT is going back to hear the first track again.

Tickets There would recommend. Check out their MySpace by Clicking Here.

To hear the tracks we’ve reviewed, check out their profile at Breaking Tunes by Clicking Here.


Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2009 by Tickets There


Yet again this is something you could have read sooner if you’d visited Hotpress, but you didn’t. You didn’t because you’re lazy and Tickets There is lazy. What’s the old saying, the early bird catches the worm…but the second mouse gets the cheese (thanks Patrick).

The Final line-up and details have been announced for the Dublin Rocks Festival, which will see the like of Jaded Sun, Dub Country, The DC Experiment and more playing over two nights in The Village (Wexford Street). Final line-up’s for both nights can be viewed below.

In celebration and promotion for one of the few dedicated Rock festivals in this country, Tickets There will be taking a look at the this year’s acts over the coming two weeks so be sure to check us out.

Tickets are on sale now and they range from €15 (One Night) – €25 (Two Nights)

After the festival, the bands hit the road for a mini nationwide tour so if you’re not in Dublin, be sure to catch Jaded Sun at least.

Saturday November 13
Dub Country
Jaded Sun
The Spikes

Sunday November 14
The DC Experiment
The Beat Poets

Monday 16 November – Roisin Dubh – Galway
Friday 20 November – Stables – Mullingar
Sunday 22 November – Auntie Annie’s – Belfast
Wednesday 25 November – Spirit Store – Dundalk
Thursday 26 November – An Cruiscin Lan – Cork
Friday 4 December – Electric Avenue – Waterford
Tuesday 8 December – Dolan’s – Limerick
Friday 11 December
– Stables – Mullingar
Saturday 12 December – Square Peg – Warrenpoint