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MySpace Review – The Spikes

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, MySpace Review with tags , , , , on November 4, 2009 by Tickets There

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Today’s review will be the second last (or the very last if I still can’t find Dub Country) that takes a look at this year’s lineup for the Dublin Rocks! Festival taking place at the Village on the 13th and 14th of November. The Spikes are headlining on I think this is the fifth or sixth time I’ve sat down to try and write a piece about this group. Every single time I listen to them is seems to be a totally different sound, style, band,..everything. At first they sounded like kids, then they sounded like The Killers, then they sounded like The Doors and then they sounded crap…..then finally, they sounded appealing. Now, after several false starts, it’s time to really sink the teeth in and figure out exactly what we think of this band.

Tickets There hasn’t seen this band live but we’ve partially listened to them numerous times.

Ok, Super Modern Queen is the Doors-esque one I’ve heard before. Not really like the Doors on closer inspection. You’d hear the Morrison influence in places but it’s more like an early nineties indie song with a little more umph. It’s not a bad wee track, has some great places. Quite relaxed, unchanging but steady and pounding in places (*turns volume up). Things pick up slightly on the vocals towards the end and the singer cuts loose a wee bit. Tickets There likes it.

Betty Ford is next and this is a totally different buzz. This is where the Killers impressions came from me thinks. Its indie, its upbeat it’s a little soppy for our taste. One thing it’s not is Rock N Roll. Their Influences range from The Who, Zeppelin, The Stones, Joy Division and Nick Cave but this song might aswell have been written by Snow Patrol. The heavier vocals and swearing near the end don’t change things so don’t be fooled.

Next song Chain Me doesn’t try and recreate the atmosphere of the Super Modern Queen and goes the Betty Ford direction. Very boring, very done before. Hypnotized finally drops the Snow Patrol style and goes slightly more rock. The vocals return to a more rocky style which is a plus. The singer (Tom Dunne) has a distinctive voice that could be better suited singing real music rather than killers rip off’s (Snow patrol, Killers, Kaiser Chiefs…it’s all the same shite. Don’t agree? Well come back when Tickets There gives a shit about what you think ..we’ll let you know 😉 )

Act you Age unfortunately destroys any chance of Tickets There giving the thumbs up for The Spikes. It’s so boring, repetitive and drawn out with really annoying vocals messing around over the whole thing. The band can play, they can obviously write actual songs (don’t get confused, Tickets There isn’t attacking this bands ability to write. We just don’t like this sound personally and are attacking that rather than the bands ability to play it.) so I don’t know why they take their cloths, write some decent hard rock that suits them or, drop that ‘rock n roll rebel’ image and admit they play the same tired old pop rock every other Gary Lightbody wanna be does.

Final song Red City Light just drags out the inevitable.

Boring, not Tickets There thing and one of the last bands we’d ever consider for a Rock festival. People are using that word a little loosely these days. Click Here for more details about this year’s Dublin Rocks! Festival.

MySpace Review – The DC Experiment

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

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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

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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.

MySpace Review – Alphastates

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

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It’s very, very early and Tickets There is trying very, very hard to stop collapsing onto the floor with tiredness. How can people do this? There is something very sick about a society that demands we be in work around 9. We’re Irish people, let’s quit all this American corporate shite and act like Irish people. That means we get up at 5.30am and start farming. What am I talking about? Don’t know.

Anywho, today’s review (which is the 50th MySpace Review – Ed.) is the first of five that will focus on the odd choices for this years Dublin Rocks! Festival. Despite the name, this first act credit themselves as Indie /Alternative / Electronica. Suppose a Rock’s out of the question but TT will embrace it all the same. Judge not lest ye be judged and all that. The band in question are called Alphastates. There’s four of them in it and their influences range from Bob Dylan to Kraftwork. Could be interesting.

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

Champagne Glass kicks things off and it’s very Depech Mode poppy. It’s a grower and keeps evolving as new beats start being introduced. It doesn’t sound Alternative ad it definitely isn’t rock. Just sounds like several other dance based pop songs you hear in 21 every night. The actual song isn’t too bad. Wouldn’t be our thing at all and we’d have no desire to stick around a ‘rock’ festival to hear it. Best of leaving this one to the clubbers. Would go down well with Cowboy X fans.

Taste is next it’s slightly less poppy and a little heavier. A lot of electronica, lot of downbeat tones mixed in with bleak sparseness. Again, not something for the folks looking for rock music from the Dublin Rocks! Festival but hey, not too bad for those of you who want to dance like motherfuckers (love that word, going to use it more often). It’s kind of like an industrial version of Coldplay. Trent Reznor singing Clocks and wearing his make trade fair bracelet…..while he repaints the door of 10050 Cielo Drive. Up next is the bands most played track, Human Nature. Not 100% sure what all the fuss is about, Champagne Glass is a much better tune. This one follows a more Killers style of song writing. Those repetitive beats, that fecking keyboard just play the same du, dun, du duun kind of melody over and over again to give the appearance of depth. Not a fan.

You Talked I Can Tell once again sees the band sticking to the same style we’ve heard on all the other tracks. Not a whole pile of diversity or change of any kind here. The keyboards stick out like sore thumbs and some of the affects sound like they came from cheap little children’s toys rather than a professional musicians keyboard. The chorus of You Talked I can Tell would be more appealing than the majority of the material we’ve heard so far. Let’s move along. Angel Kiss is second last and has more of a psychedelic kind of vide. Still hints of the dancin’ beats (for the motherfuckers), some nods to their industrial styled influences and less of an obvious ‘play me on the radio’ pop structure. It’s slow, doesn’t rush to hasten it’s self up and it’s quite down beat. Not bad, but a little plain.

Final song is The Record Machine and it sees the band returning to their radio friendly ways. Not a bad tune and probably our favorite. The singer changes her style a little in places and this only adds and improves the over all sound. Good chorus. TT likes it!

Well, too little to late? Not sure but we’ll be sure to give them another chance in the future and see if they can up the bar a little. Until next time. TT would recommend you check them out for yourself and not always rely on a fucking critic to tell you what’s good and what’s bad. Jesus man, get some pride and think for yourself for a change.

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