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JAPE – Ocean of Frequency (Album Review)

Posted in Album Review, IRISH NOISE!, Music with tags , , , , on September 26, 2011 by Tickets There

Since picking up the Choice Award for their 2008 album, Ritual, Jape have seen a massive rise in their popularity both home and abroad. They’ve spent the last three years playing national and international tours as well as several high profile festival spots at Glastonbury, Electric Picnic and many more. Now the band is back with their fourth studio album, Ocean of Frequency and they’re in prime position to make the most of their celebrity as one of Ireland’s leading electro-pioneering pop groups and go all the way.

But do they want to?

Ocean of Frequency is the album Tickets There was anticipating a year ago when the band performed a mini-studio break show in the Button Factory. Sparse, quiet and extremely subdued in almost every way. All in all, a re-design of their classic tranquil sound with little or no attempts made to compete against live classics like ’I Was A Man’, ‘Strike Me Down’ and ‘Floating’ while at the same time it also lacks standout quieter moments like ‘At The Heart of all This Strangeness’, ‘Phil Lynott’ or ‘The Hardest Thing To Do’.

Oddly enough, Jape have chosen not include well received tasters ‘Hands of Fire’ and ‘Lying on a Deathbed’, which surfaced at the start of the summer or ‘The Worry Fades’ that was previewed last year and instead gone all out with a fresh spread for fans to enjoy. The new sound works well on tracks like ‘Please Don’t Turn the Record Off’, ’The Oldest Mind’ and ‘Too Many People’ – the albums opening tracks. However, as the record rolls on it becomes harder and harder to pull real excitement out of it and anyone hoping for a perfect musical assault, like that seen on Ritual, may be in for a let-down. Fans of the older sound will find a lot more to enjoy with songs like ‘You Make The Love’, ‘Scorpio’ and ‘Its Shadow Won’t Make Noise’ adding Jape’s signature writing style to the mix.

Ocean of Frequency is by no means an objectionable record, in fact it perfectly sits in line with the direction Jape initially started off on, but veered away from when Floating became such a hit. Unfortunately though, it lacks a definitive flag ship song to rally around, enjoy and sell it. The band has proven they can go all the way if they want but with Richie Egan’s tendency to keep all eyes focused on the music– maybe this is his way of reverting back to his roots and keep Jape the way he wants it, rather than let fans and popularity dictate the direction his creation should go in. At the end of the day, there’s no arguing with that.

Ocean of Frequency is due release on new label, music/is/for/losers on the 30th September. The official album launch will take place at The Button Factory on Saturday 1 October.


Jape – Hands of Fire / Lying on a Deathbed (Single Review)

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, Single Review with tags , , , , , , on May 27, 2011 by Tickets There

What ever your taste in music, there’s little to no chance you haven’t come across and enjoyed the mighty Jape over the past few years. Ever since the release of their second album, The Monkeys in the Zoo have More Fun Than Me in 2004, Jape’s appeal and presence on the Irish scene has been growing at a rapid rate. In 2009 the band won the Choice Music Prize for their third album, Ritual and now they’re back to do it all over again. Titled Ocean of Frequency, the group’s fourth album is due to come out in September but you don’t have to wait for new music as the band has just released the album’s first double A-side single.

Hands of Fire is a welcoming boost of energy from the band that does it better than anyone else. No first single from Richie Egan is going to have anything less than an upbeat, catchy as sin chorus, a perfect, striking bass line and an appealing ‘we should go raving’ quality. Lying on a Deathbed comes from the opposite end of the Jape spectrum. Gentle, busy but dreamlike and placid. Fine home grown lyrics with the occasional eye raising naughty thrown in from time to time. Overall, a perfect complement to Hands of Fire.

No denying it now, the return of Jape has begun. Prepare for show announcements and get ready for an album that’s promising to be one of the best we’ll hear this year. Listen to Hands of Fire / Lying on a Deathbed now @ Jape’s Official Soundcloud

JAPE Returns! New Single & Album Details Released

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , , , on May 20, 2011 by Tickets There

All round musical genius Richie Egan is dusting off the Jape cloak, getting the band together and revving things up for the release of their fourth studio album. Last seen flogging his latest project, VisionAir, he’s now ready to release the follow up to 2008’s Choice Music Price-winning Ritual.

Titled Ocean of Frequency, the album is set to hit stores in September with a brand new double-A side single, titled Hands of Fire / Lying on a Deathbed hitting Irish airwaves on Friday, May 27th.

Tickets There would like to wish Richie and the lads the best of luck with the new record. We’re confident the boys have something exciting up their sleeves and we are looking forward to indulging in the fruits of their labours. Looking forward to some mighty-Jape in 2011!

JAPE: The Worry Fades – New Song!

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music with tags , , , on August 6, 2010 by Tickets There

Riche Egan, aka Jape has stuck a new track, The Worry Fades up on Soundcloud and it’s well wortha few spins. Check it out by Clicking Here.

Jape Readies New Album

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

Just 10 minutes ago, Choice Award winners and Irish electro extraordinaire Richie ‘Jape’ Egan confirmed that his new album is reaching completion.

Updating his Facebook page, the singer wrote..

‘new album almost recorded here in black box studio france, still a bit to do though. it sounds pretty sweet so far we reckon :). still no title though.. any suggestions? Xrich’

Tickets There will off course bring you more news when we have it.

Oliver Cole & The Redneck Manifesto – New Albums Out TODAY!!

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

Today see’s two of Ireland’s most important underground acts releasing new material. What better way to celebrate a Friday???

Firstly, Dublin’s legendary instrumental giants, The Redneck Manifesto release their much anticipated Friendship, their first LP since 2004’s I Am Brazil.

The band released a free download titled, Black Apple a few weeks ago exclusively on Nialler9 and to say the band are back is an understatement. Click Here to see what Tickets There thought.

The RNM will be officially launching their album tomorrow in Tower Records (Instore), followed by a full headlining show in Tripod.

As for the second album, Legendary Turn front man, Oliver Cole is finally releasing his debut solo album, We Albatri today at 13:00 GMT.

Filled with songs of love & loss, Ollie was developed his song writing from aggression filled teen angst to a level of superior emotional quality.

To promote the record, Ollie will be playing InStore in Tower Records Today aswell as performing on the Late, Late Show tonight on RTE 1 (if you didn’t know the channel, you’re a sap). The official launch gig happens tomorrow, in Dublin’s The Sugar Club.

IRISH NOISE! The Redneck Manifesto – Black Apple (Single Review)

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

With instrumental music becoming the new phenomenon in this country, it’s about time the band that do it best come back and show the young un’s what it’s all about. After a four year wait, that’s exactly what The Redneck Manifesto have done.

Last week saw the release of the first TRM material since 2006’s Seven Stabs E.P. and the boys have lost none of their magic. Black Apple is full of cosmic changes, electronica laden beats, quirky guitars, funky bass lines and a rapturous speed that makes the headphones shake for the last couple of minutes. The five minutes fly by in seconds and you’ll only be left wanting more. The year may be young, but what we have here is one of the freshest Irish recordings we’ve seen in a while.

Their new album, Friendship is coming to shop near you on March 26th and you can bet it’ll be snapped up quickly. Pop over to Nialler9’s Site to hear Black Apple and see the albums track list by Clicking Here.

JAPE: New Material On The Way

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , on December 31, 2009 by Tickets There

Hi all, this is a story that popped up a couple of weeks ago but only now, when nothing else at all at all is happening in the world, we’ve decided to give it a mention. One of Tickets There’s favorite acts, Jape is apparently working on (or finishing off) some new material. According to a blog post on the bands site, new material will be uploaded soon.

As all Jape fans are fully aware, the singer never seems to stop recording and Tickets There expects that as soon as the new Redneck’s album is done and dusted, we’re going to start hearing g a lot more about Japes latest projects.

As soon as their some meet on the story, Tickets There will be sure to let ye know….three weeks after ye hear it somewhere else. Going to buy some Lego now.

Jape’s Up to Something!!

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, News with tags , , , on October 17, 2009 by Tickets There


After winning the 2008 Choice Music Price last year for his third album, Ritual, it seems main man, Richie Egan is working on his eagerly anticipated 4th album. Fans of Jape will know that he already has a whole host of new tracks ready to go and according to the group’s official Twitter page, a new studio has been set up and seems to be in use.

When Tickets There knows more, you’ll hear it…probably before we post it but who cares. Rock on!!

HY-GIY?: Jape – Ritual

Posted in Album Review, Hy-Giy, IRISH NOISE!, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 7, 2009 by Tickets There


If you read my blog you should know three things. 1, I have a frightening love for Sheffield’s finest rock band, Def Leppard. 2, I like tearing into terrible bands and ridiculing them to the point where it just inst professional and I make very few apologies to fans or band members for the way I discuss them and three, I consider Jape to be one of Irelands finest talents ever produced and last year, he sealed that claim with his third album, Ritual.

Ritual was without a doubt my favorite Irish album of 2008 and one of best ever to come out of this country as far as I’m concerned. Yes I know Enya has a lot of albums to compete with but let’s leave that aside shall we!. Richie Egan is one of very far artists making experimental music and getting it right pretty much every time.  No matter what style of song, effect or theme Richie deals with, he still manages to back everything up with inarguably good melodies; structure, imagination and a strong musical backbone (take note bands!). Before Ritual he had the poorly received Cosmosphere and the underground smash The Monkeys in the Zoo Have More Fun than Me which spawned the massive cult single Floating. However Ritual brought all of Richie and co’s onstage energy as well as his styles and writing to a peak they hadn’t managed to release on either of the first two albums.  

Opening with the well weathered Christopher and Anthony, the album gets a feverish grip of dance beats, electronic samples and Richies unique lyrical style that fans hoped would play a more dominant role of this record than the previous albums. Despite it having all this, second track I Was A Man bombards in and ups the bar 100%. Previously, Floating was the dance highlight on Japes set and fans but he has worked hard to ensure this is pushed to mid-set and his newer work gets the attention instead in order to prove he isn’t a one hit wonder and I Was a Man proves this no end. All the dancey beats, anthem styled lyrics and changes any human could want from their bands. The overall chaos of the song is best seen live but as studio recordings go, you couldn’t ask anymore from this song.

Replays hops in at third and is again surprisingly upbeat and dance oriented. It’s one of those songs that just simple, cut n grab pop. Not the kind of pop you’ll see on X-factor anytime soon, I mean good f**king pop. Once again it’s impulsively catchy, upbeat and a full on stormer of a dance floor hit. Maybe if RTE felt compelled to play Irish music more often, this song, along with many more from the album might have actually reached the country. Ah well, there only the national broadcaster. Can’t expect them to start endorsing Irish talent when there’s easy ratings to be found with international crap. If you’re reading this and you work for RTE I say to you, Go F**k Yourself you absolute waste of an organization!!

(In a ranty mood today, had to put a Happy Mondays review on hold because I wrote 500 words of complaining). Graveyard follows and gives the album one of its most relaxed moments. Lyrics are interesting and worth reading if you can find them on the net. The song just has an overall sublime melody and flow that’s just so easily enjoyable and mellow. Bringing the quality up even further is the incredibly melodic and well loved, Phil Lynott. Hard to describe why this song is so special but its worth getting this album just to hear it, never mind the other songs and seeing it live is even better.

The dance tone returns with the bouncy Streetwise. Like Replays, this is pure pop and is followed by the albums most prominent reminder of Japes Monkeys style. At the Heart of all this Strangeness is the albums most stripped back piece of music. Acoustic guitar arrangements, mixed with low melodies and Japes quiet vocals striving to stay above the music’s volume. Absolutely fantastic song and one of the few singer/songwriter style arrangements that Tickets There fully endorses. Apple in the Orchard follows with another beat laden, smack your face anthem. This song has one of the catchiest chorus of all the songs on this album and there is some very stiff completion. Another crackin’ anthem, Strike Me Down, follows and gives Richie’s set yet another classic dance fueled hit for his live show. Final song, Nothing Lasts Forever has a real Moby-ish style piano melody and haunting vocals with a great bassy drive. Incredible stuff all round.

That’s all I can really say. I reviewed this album for Drop-D when it came out last year and its quality has been diminished one bit. It’s as strong, original and enjoyable as the day it came out. If you haven’t heard Jape I advice a trip to his MySpace and I’m sure you’ll have the album on your stereo by 6.00pm this evening.