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Le Galaxie – Laserdisc Nights 2 (Album Review)

Posted in Album Review, General Tickets There Blog, Music with tags , , , , , on June 9, 2011 by goodgutterpress

One of the problems of living during a recession is that you are bombarded with negativity on a daily basis and so reality is hard to take at times. The news may leave you feeling somewhat empty and apathetic. I find a little dose of pure escapism is just what the doctor ordered. Le Galaxies’s new album Laserdisc Nights 2 might just be the ticket. Building on the success of their Transworld EP and scooping an IMTV Best Dance Music Video Award in 2009 for You Feel The Fire!; the Dublin quartet has done itself proud. Their latest offering is an audacious electro pop rock trip that makes regular influential stops at Blade Runner, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Tron and all things science fiction.

Opener Earth and Beyond Transworld is where it all begins. Starting with simple synths and drum beats, they evolve into straight up dance floor epics.

What is so striking about these songs is that they time travel like a Back to the Future DeLorean car. They’re duly weighted in Kraftwerk, 1980s and 1900s dance and techno influences, but shot through with futurist tones and themes.

The first single to be released Midnight Midnight sounds like Gary Numan in robotic vocal mode. The machines have taken to the streets and are seeking vengeance in the form of simmering synths and signature keyboards. Like many of the songs it’s all held together with pounding drums and a chorus that might lead you to run amok on the nearest dance floor.

Without a doubt one of the strongest tracks on the album, Powers of Miami hears the human race ask ‘how much time has it got left?’ It starts out with tightly packed little beats, but things change gears with euphoric melodies and strong guitar work.

Dividing the album and slowing things for a moment is the floating in space dreamscape, Blood Beach. It is easy to imagine this accompanying those fascinating dystopian skyline images in the 1982 film Blade Runner.

The journey continues with Orion which strips away the dance grooves and turns up the guitar amps to give a more rounded electro pop sound. As it grows into a rock-out jam you might forget you’re listening to Le Galaxie. But not to worry – nobody does anything on this record unless a computer says so first. Computerised vocals are always there to keep things in check.       

Similarly Police Department starts with a computerized voice reminiscent of the out of control computer HAL from the aforementioned 2001: A Space Odyssey film. However the results are less eerie as it’s a posh English gentleman computer pleading for clemency from its master. Personally I never thought I’d feel sorry for a computer, but I do! A simple drum beat drowned in a manic frenzy of pulsating synths are what it’s all about.

Victory and Paradising help to bring the magical mystery tour to an end. The former starts slow but ascends in typical Le Galaxie fashion with supernova style choruses and chunky bass lines. Things slow and drift into Paradising which provides the calm after the storm.

Providing good value for money Laserdisc Nights 2 is an album that will make you get off your seat and dance but it may also take you to far off distant places. It should also take Le Galaxie places too as it very well might be one of the best Irish electronica albums of 2011.

IMTV Award Winners Announced

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , on November 30, 2009 by Tickets There


Click Here: For full details of the Winners

Click Here: To see the nominees

See the effort put into that post?

First Ever Irish Music Television Awards (I-MTV) Announced.

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2009 by Tickets There

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That’s right, Ireland has its own MTV baby and it’s called…I-MTV (Irish Music Television). Like MTV, they’ve decided to start up an annual awards show, giving prizes for the best Irish music videos of the year…I think. This year’s (the first ever) award ceremony will take place at the Sugar Club, Leeson Street (I can think of better things to do there aswell) on November 27th.

Seriously though, Tickets There isn’t about to shit on this crowd making the effort. It’s fantastic that bands will finally have a reason to make videos in this country because record labels and other stations don’t seem to want anything to do with em.

Visit the Official Site for more detials.

Here’s a list of this year’s categories and the nominees and Tickets There’s comments. (also, below is three of TT’s fav underground Irish music vids of all time).

1.BEST LIVE VIDEO
LISA HANNIGAN –  I DON’T KNOW
LISA HANNIGAN –  LILLE
LADYDOLL – BUTTON
THE BRILLIANT THINGS – RISE
AND SO I WATCHED YOU FROM AFAR – SET GUITARS TO KILL (TT’s Choice to Win)

2.BEST DANCE VIDEO
LE BIEN  –   HERE AND THERE
NOISE CONTROL – ADDICTION
DARK ROOM NOTES – LETS LIGHT FIRES
ARVEEN & MISK –  HELLS BELLS
LE GALAXIE – YOU FEEL THE FIRE (TT’s Choice to Win)

3.BEST STYLED VIDEO
DIRTY EPICS – COMING UP (TT’s Choice to Win)
JULIE FEENEY – IMPOSSIBLY BEAUTIFUL
LAURA IBIZOR  –  SHINE
THE CORONAS – LISTEN DEAR
THE BLIZZARDS  – POSTCARDS

4.BEST SOLO MALE
YNGVE WIELAND – LITTLE BOY
PADRAIG RUHSE – GONNA BE A CHANGE
JJ – PLAYING THE GAME
PEARSE MCGLOUGHLIN – WAYS TO KILLS A WEREWOLF
ENDA REILLY – MOL AN AIMSIRE

5.BEST SOLO FEMALE
LISA HANNIGAN – LILLE
JULIE FEENEY – LOVE IS A TRICKY THING
WALLIS BIRD  – HOME
MISS PAULA FLYNN – HOLIDAY IN SWEDEN
GEMMA HAYES  – HOME (TT’s Choice to Win)

6.MOST ORIGINAL CONCEPT FOR VIDEO
FIGHT LIKE APES – SOMETHING GLOBAL
THE CHAPTERS – VIDEOTAPES
HERM –  HEADS
GRAND POCKET ORCHESTRA – BALLET SHOES
SEAN NEEDHAM –  I’M NOT AFRAID

7. BEST PRODUCTION / SPECIAL EFFECTS
SICKBOY – SILENCE IN CONVERSATION (TT’s Choice to Win)
CAP PAS CAP – WE ARE MEN
JAPE – FLOATING (TT – Why is Jape here, isn’t this video years old? What about I Was A Man?)
HAM SANDWICH – BROKEN GLASS
202′S –  EASE MY MIND

8.BEST VIDEO BY A NEW COMER    (public Vote)
HOGAN – I WANT YOU
HOARSEBOX – ALL I NEED NOW
BATS – SHADOW FUCKING
BOWLEGGED – RED LIGHT
TALLULAH DOES THE HULA – BAD BOYFRIEND

9. DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
EOGHAN KIDNEY
LORCAN FINNEGAN
SIMON EUSTACE
LINDSEY BYRNES
WILL MCCONNELL

10. VIDEO OF THE YEAR 2009 (none!)
DUCKWORTH LEWIS METHOS  – MR MIRIAD
FIGHT LIKE APES – TIE ME UP IN JACKETS
THE CORONAS – LISTEN DEAR
THE BLIZZARDS – POSTCARDS
VALERIE FRANCIS – PUNCHES