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PREVIEW: Temple House Festival 2011

Posted in General Tickets There Blog, Gig Listing, IRISH NOISE!, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2011 by Tickets There

Feel the excitement building? Anyone who was there last year is and with just over two weeks left until launch, Temple House Festival fever has well and truly begun.

Over one hundred incredible bands, 4 stages, countless events and quirks, a medieval village, an arts trail, excellent food and a thousand other attractions, all set over a glorious June bank holiday weekend. Top that with amazing grounds, no major queuing and excellent organization, you’d be mad to miss it. Also it’s set in Co. Sligo so you can’t go too wrong.

Tickets are selling like hot cakes and Tickets There decided it was time to give you a quick preview of just some of the great bands booked for this years event.

Friday: June 10th

ASH (Bavaria Main Stage)

What can anyone say about the incredible Downpatrick pop rock trio that hasn’t already been said a thousand times before? Ash have been one of the highest ranking staples of the Irish and indeed, international music scene for the better part of two decades. From the release of their massively acclaimed album, 1977 in… 1996 to their trail blazing A-Z series, Ash have lead the way for Irish alternative rock and have remained one of the most influential bands ever to emerge out of Northern Ireland.

The Walls (Bavaria Main Stage)

Since the demise of The Stunning in the nineties, Steve and Joe Wall have been using their time very wisely. Under The Walls banner, they’ve released two records, Hi-LO and New Dawn Breaking and for the past two years, the band have been sporadically playing live while recording their third album, Stop The Lights, which is due out later this year. Armed with an adventurous new live show, a set-list packed with enchanting new material and old favourites, The Walls are well and truly on their way to chart storming and a slot in every homes CD rack. Not one you’ll want to miss on Friday.

Fighting With Wire (Bavaria Main Stage)

One of our MySpace finds and an excellent live act. Taking the stage just before the mighty Ash, Fighting With Wire are an exciting new Irish band that are promised to deliver an excellent set. Their style will also fit in nicely with their headliners so Ash fans, don’t miss them.

Ryan Sheridan (Acoustic Stage– Walled Garden ).

One of the best up and coming songwriters in Ireland at the moment. Ryan’s performances have been landing him a lot of attention recently and soon his name will be everywhere. Temple House have Ryan on a lovely, secluded acoustic stage in a lovely garden away from the packed main stage arena so take this opportunity to check him out before he returns as a headliner next year.


We’re going easy on ye for now, what with all the camping gear you’ll be lugging, tent pitching and so on that’ll fill up your morning but don’t dare finish up the Friday without checking out The Flaws, Kanyu Tree and Preachers Son (EDIT: Preachers Son have been moved from Friday to Saturday and will now be playing the main stage at 5:00pm)

Saturday: June 11th

Kerbdog (Bavaria Main Stage)

Saturday sees one of the most exciting events of the whole festival, the reunion of the legendary Kerbdog! That’s right, Cormac Battle and the lads will be taking the stage and belting out some of the biggest alt-rock hits any Irish band has ever produced. Sine the bands 1998 split they’ve reformed a few times. Make sure you catch this gig or you may not get another chance. (Also…they’re bloody savage).

The Fallen Drakes (The Music Maker Stage)

One of the biggest success stories from the Irish music scene and one that keeps on going. The Fallen Drakes have only been together for little over a year but already they’ve landed gigs at the O2 Arena and R.D.S. Outdoor Arena (supporting The Commitments and Bon Jovi respectively). When bands like this are on the up and up, you know it’s going to be a show to remember.

Land Lovers (Bavaria Main Stage)

They’ll be on good an early so don’t spend the whole night partying with Ash. The excellent Land Lovers came to our attention many months back and managed to sneak their way into Tickets There’s own personal daily rotation. Wait for the live version of Immovable Feet and you’ll be glad you took the time to see them.

The Danger Is (The Music Maker Stage)

Tickets There were fortunate enough to discover this amazing, talented, all round lovely lady last year and ever since then we’ve have been quite vocal about our love for her music. With a few choices on the market, an EP and a handful of singles, Niamh and her band, The Danger Is will arrive at Temple house and blow you out of the tent. Possibly our strongest recommendation of the weekend.

Mike Joyce (DJ Set) (The Music Maker Stage)

Former Smiths drummer, Mike Joyce is popping into Temple House be this years Peter Hook, He’ll be playing a DJ set at The Music Maker stage on Saturday night so if you’re not a fan of Whipping Boy or the Stero MC’s, you’ll know where to go. Last year Temple House had the legendary Peter Hook doing roughly the same thing and you couldn’t have asked for a better end to the second day. This year Mike will will be ensuring the party doesn’t manage to slip away.

Sunday: June 12th

Aslan (Bavaria Main Stage)

When running the search on Tickets There for ‘Aslan’ results, I was disappointed that this site has never devoted an article to the dublin legends. By far one of the most successful home grown bands we’ve ever produced and standard setters in the live arena. Led by the infamous Christy Dignam, Aslan have been rocking Irish stages since the early eighties and three decades later little has changed. Hits like ‘Lucy Jones Part 2’, ‘Crazy World’, ‘This Is’ and ‘Rainman’ have endeared them to hearts of thousand of Irish people ensuring packed houses where ever they play. Whether you’ve ever been a fan or not, Aslan are more than worth checking in on – no matter what else is on.

Sweet Jane (Bavaria Main Stage)

After releasing one of the most successful independent Irish albums of 2010, Sweet Jane have turned into an unstoppable touring machine. Their songs are fused with energy last seen on the seventies and their appeal is spreading wider. Mainland Europe, the U.K. and America have brought them an impressively large international fan base which continues to grow. They’re taking the main stage on the final night and are sure to deliver one of the festivals best sets.

The Riptide Movement (The Music Maker Stage)

The Riptide Movement have been firm favorites on Tickets There for a long time. Their second album is set to emerge later this year but already they’ve released two crackin’ singles from it and have taken Ireland by storm. Their repeated appearances on Grafton street, not to mention their constant touring has brought them firmly into the public eye and things are only getting better. Last week it was confirmed they would be one of two Irish bands supporting Bon Jovi when they hit the RDS next month. They rocked Temple House last year and you can damn well bet they’ll do it again in two weeks.

Oddsocks Revival (The Music Maker Stage)

One of Sligo’s own bands, Oddsocks Revival have been saved for the last day and judging by the massive crowd they attracted last year, you’ll need to get in early. They’re extremly strong live, have a massive number of killer tracks from their debut album, It’s Time and they’ll rock the place. Prepare for cowboys meets rock ‘n’ roll.
So that’s it. Like we said, Tickets are going fast – so Act now. Full detials can be found HERE. Enjoy and make sure you check out as many of the other acts as you can, it’s too good a line-up to miss.

Day to Day Breakdown In Full:

Friday, 10th June
Bavaria Main Stage : The Late Session with “Wiggle”, Ash, Fighting with Wire, The Walls, The Flaws, The Kanyu Tree, Inteference, 1922’s
The Music Maker stage : DJ Wool, Arveene & Misk, The Minutes, Pilotlight, Shouting at Planes, Readers Wives, Chuckys River, Boy Lights Fire
Acoustic Stage – Walled Garden : Ryan Sheridan, James Humson Niceol Blue, Michael Stafford, On/off, Tommy McNulty, Laura Sheeran, Ari Sheehan, Helen Smits
Bandwagon TV Stage –Rose Garden : Yngve & The Innocent, Machine Gun Baby, Joy Booth and B & The Honeyboy

Saturday, 11th June
Bavaria Main Stage : Late Session – The Amazing Few , Stereo MCs, Whipping Boy, Kerbdog, Stand, Miracle Bell, Preachers Son, Landlovers, Hogan, Karma Parking, Redbrick House, Nova Static
The Music Maker Stage: Silent Disco, Mike Joyce DJ Set (ex Smiths), Declan O’Rourke, Andy McKee, The Danger is, The Fallen Drakes, Cool Hand Dukes, Souls, Dub Doctor Sound System, Merchants of Fortune, Tim Cobain & band, King Kong Club BOB, Lost Colours
Acoustic Stage – Walled Garden: Rory and The Island, Rory Faithfield, Aisling O’Reilly, The Ball & Chain, Bailer, David Burke, Wyvern Lingo, Finnian Kelleher, Deirdre Keelan, Peter Baldwin
Bandwagon TV Stage – Rose Garden : Henrietta Game, Neptune City, Eugene Donegan, Clive Barnes, Sanszkrit

Sunday, 12th June
Bavaria Main Stage : Aslan, Something Happens, Lisa Hannigan, Jamie Lawson, CW Stoneking, The Raglans, Storyfold, Tupelo, Sweet Jane, 2Minutes2Midnight,
The Music Maker Stage : Bipolar Empire, Riptide Movement, Oddsocks Revival, Roisin O, Heathers,GMiley & The Soul Street Orchestra, The Barley Mob, Colin Scallan, Electric Penguins, The Hoop, Slap!
Acoustic Stage – Walled Garden : Mark Black, Hamlet Sweeney, My Bad Self, John Smith, Rhob Cunningham, Jason Clarke, Stephanie Rainey, Eoin Glackin, Glenn Cal, Damian Nash
Bandwagon TV Stage -Rose Garden : Paul Crean and the changing band, Willie Kelly, Red Queen Contest, A Smile Just Came, Saramai & The Swords, Gog and The Grinders


Tickets There Wants You! Contributors Needed!

Posted in General Tickets There Blog, News with tags , , , , , on May 22, 2011 by Tickets There

  • Love Irish music?
  • Sick of seeing our home grown artists getting passed over for the GaGa’s and Perry’s?
  • Interested in writing?

Tickets There, Ireland’s sexiest music blog, is coming back from the dead and we want you to write for us. We’re looking for contributors willing to give up their free time to help promote and celebrate the hundreds in incredible acts that come out of Ireland every year.

Details and plans are currently being drawn up, but if you’re interested, send us a mail at and we’ll be happy to share more.

Subscribe To Tickets There… NOW!

Posted in Competition, General Tickets There Blog, Music, News with tags , , , , on July 23, 2010 by Tickets There

That’s right folks, no more lines, no more frantic searching for a computer to see if we’ve updated our glorious music blog and more importantly, no more need to follow us on Facebook or Twitter if you’ve finally gotten sick of our non-stop Rambo/Whitesnake rants. You can now sit back and see our post updates from the comfort of your own InBox.

Simply click the Sign Me Up! button there on the right hand side and you’ll get mails from Tickets There every time we update a post. Don’t worry they’re automatic, so you won’t be relying on our lazy asses to do anything.

We hope to begin weekly newsletters, regular interviews and the odd competitions very soon so get in early before….well, doesn’t make much of a difference when you sign up but just do it already. You’ll make two north Dublin touts and a Leitrim raised Editor very chuffed indeed.

Tickets There: 50,000+ Hits and Counting

Posted in General Tickets There Blog, News with tags , , , , , on March 24, 2010 by Tickets There

Hey folks,

Just wanted to say a quick thank you for reading Tickets There. Today we passed the 50K views mark and we’re pretty thrilled to have grown so much in only a few months.

Keep reading and we’ll keeping writing our sexy ass pieces.

All the best,

Tickets There’s New Look (JEDWARD-THERE)

Posted in General Tickets There Blog, Music with tags , , , on February 20, 2010 by Tickets There

www. Tickets There .com

Posted in General Tickets There Blog, Music, News with tags , , , on January 18, 2010 by Tickets There

Howdy folks,

In November 2007, Tickets There was started as a laugh after watching the EyeBrowy Tout Spaced skit. Over the last two years things haven’t changed a whole pile except we’re swearing less and people are reading more. We’ve had a great laugh doing it and we’ve discovered loads of fantastic music which, at the end of the day is the whole point behind this blog. We don’t make money from TT and we don’t want to. We’re not in this for anything other than to find good bands and give them as much exposure as we can.

Today, Tickets There finally has its perfect home and we’re proud to announce that our new address is

Since it cost a kingly sum of over $14 to get this up and running, you can be sure Tickets There will be working overtime to make this a decent blog for you to read, for us to enjoy and most importantly, to give the bands we like a respectable source of feedback. Tickets There aren’t critics, we’re music fans.

Thanks alot for making all this worthwhile and I can promise you this is the last nicey nice post you’ll be seeing on this site for awhile. Now, on with the show!!

Kindest Regards,
Tickets There! (Broke N Bloggin / Irish Noise!)

Merry Christmas from Tickets There

Posted in News with tags , , , , on December 23, 2009 by Tickets There

Sorry for reusing last year’s image, but ever since the big crash of 09, all my images and art work for the lads has been deleted. Will work to get it all back next year but for now, the message is what counts.

This year has seen an enormous rise in people visiting Tickets There and it’s really been great to see bands and fans alike starting to actually like the site (and hate it in some cases…ok, many cases) but the mails and comments we’ve received, positive or negative have all been greatly appreciated. All of us here Tickets There HQ are really excited about pushing things into overdrive in 2010.

We’ll start the year with an exclusive interview with Mr. Tim Vital, the man behind Neosupervital and go from there with interviews, live reviews, albums / ep and single reviews and of course, tons of Def Leppard, Guns N Roses and KISS information. We may even have the site up and running in the first half of 2010 so keep eyes…sort of peeled for more about that.

Anyways, enough endorsement and shameless self promotion. Have a great Christmas, a happy new year and a brilliant holiday from all at TT-HQ.

Kindest Regards,

Tickets There

(Rob / Dave & Harrington)

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
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

MySpace Review – Floyd Soul and The Wolf

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, MySpace Review with tags , , , , , on November 10, 2009 by Tickets There


I’ve tried several bands over the last few days and none of them, not fucking one of them caught my attention in any serious way. Since Tickets There has to be all ‘happy, friendly and bollocks’ from now on, I wasn’t allowed to cut into any of them like I wanted but today, today I’ve found a band that relieves my aching, maniac serial killing styled murderous heart, Floyd Soul and the Wolf. I’m sure they’re well known because they’re too damn good not to be but since no one at Tickets There actually listens to a radio, we don’t find these acts as quickly (but we do find them in the end – Ed).

Nice to have a band from Waterford in the MySpace review section for a change. On their MySpace under ‘Sounds Like’ they’ve written ‘Why Don’t You Tell Us’ so, Tickets There is gonna try but after a couple of pre-listens, we still haven’t nailed it. We just know we like it, we like it very much.

I’ve never seen them live or heard their album (if they have one).

Absinthe, not just a drink but a song title. On any other day Tickets There would argue that only Lemmy could pull of a title like that but here we go, proven wrong once again. It’s a strange song to say the least. Like relaxed indie with dance, with rock, with silent melodies, hushed instruments and just a general good feeling n buzz about the track. It’s catchy, it’s upbeat, it’s soulful and it’s good. Have listened to it about ten times and every time just gets better and better. Next one!

Same vibes appear on second track Battle of Booze except this one sounds more rockfish than indie. Lead singer Floyd Soul has a great dry kind of voice. Oh hang on, banjo’s and Beatles styled beats half way through. Good change and back to the up down beat tippin’, toe tappin’ niceness of chill-axed, rock ‘n’ mojo roll a-hoi-hoi.  Short, interesting and also, quite good.

Tickets There loves good old fashioned classic rock n roll. We like ZZ Top, we like the Smith! (Aero, not vegan fest 1989), we like The Stones, The Kinks, Zeppelin, The Doors and we like the blues driven riffs, cow bell drumming’, classic eighties American highway vocal styling’s, smacked all over Floyd Souls thirds song, Give It A Chance. Great track, full on rock with some poppy moments. What more could you want?

Now this one’s a little easier to nail down. Life in Time is classic Neil Young and a damn good job of it.  I’m not heading into too many details because well, no matter how much shit I write and no matter how many nice, flattering things I can think off to put down on this review, it won’t change the fact that this band are deadly and you have to go and hear them. So stop worrying about reading this drivel and go over there and give them some spins. Then go out there and buy whatever the hell you can from them and then finally, smack yourself for still reading this after I told you not to!

Check out Floyd Soul and The Wolf’s MySpace by Clicking Here.

You will hear more about these guys on Tickets There in the future.

Eyebrowy – Touts at Electric Picnic

Posted in General Tickets There Blog with tags , , , , on November 10, 2009 by Tickets There

In case any of you haven’t seen them, here’s the Tickets There lads in their proper surrounding (in the good hands of Eyebrowy)

Head over to now to see more clips of musicians from Ireland and the UK.

Happy Halloween Everyone!!

Posted in General Tickets There Blog, Music, News with tags , , , , , on October 31, 2009 by Tickets There

Tickets There is working away on this years pumpkin, a tribute to the great King Diamond. Last year we managed our tribute to KISS. Hope you have some devilish plans for the evening!!

King Diamond Man Cometh!



Tickets There’s KISS 2008!!


MySpace Review – NoLady

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, MySpace Review with tags , , , , , , on October 29, 2009 by Tickets There


Rain, wind, miserable attitudes, negativity, Karma and broken machines. Not such a good week! Tickets There has been pretty quiet on the article front, sorry about that folks. Sweet fuck all happening in the world of music from what I what I see. I suppose the Elton John fanatics don’t spend much time here so won’t be covering that story. Anyways, amidst all this crap, Tickets There has decided it’s time for another MySpace Review.

Now, on the surface, us reviewing a band that describes themselves as 80’s Influenced Dance Rock could be a bad thing but I happen to like The first track, Little Diva. So, in the interest of being eclectic (Tickets There has no such interest – Ed.) we’re going through with it. The band is from Donegal (Up the North West!) and have a few well known music heads on the line-up, including Aine O’ Doherty (Onya) and Billy Fitzgerald (Dead Flags) on guitar. Now, there’s intense, detailed, factual and serious hard core research for ye 😉

As usual I’ve never seen them live or heard their EP/Album.

I like Little Diva. It’s well produced, it’s full of life and the band sound great and most importantly, it’s a perfectly written little slice of pop rock. The actual song wouldn’t be on Pink Floyd levels of originality and we’ve all heard several other songs that sound very similar to this one but it’s a good effort. Anyone out there looking for some good time, dance floor styled beats this weekend (or a similar act top Lady Ga Ga), Little Diva is for you!

Spotlight is even better. Starts off a little slowly and the style doesn’t change a whole pile until about a minute in and the guitars pick themselves up a notch. Hard, heavy, solid pounding beats that really do hit the spot. Electronic pop a go go!. Much more interesting than Little Diva and get’s better each time you listen.

Typical, you find a shite band and you can’t say enough,. It’s like God comes down and works with you to think up the most hideous, degrading and gruesome insults man has ever conceived….then the fucking Ed bitch deletes them and bob’s your uncle, 8,000 words on Irelands leading crap bags. But you find a decent act and all you can write is good beats. Ah well.

Green Eye’s is just a tad stale and is too similar to most pop songs in the world. It’s nice in the fact that Aine has a really good voice, especially for this kind of track. It’s grand for what it is but not as full on as the other two. It’s short though so that stands in its favor. If you had to sit through it for eight minutes you might go a little spare.

Over all, Tickets There would recommend. It’s good clean fun pop rock and sometimes you just need that.

Check out their MySpace by Clicking Here.

MySpace Review – Zealots

Posted in IRISH NOISE!, Music, MySpace Review with tags , , , , , , , on October 28, 2009 by Tickets There


God what a week. Fucking computer crashed last Thursday and two feature articles Tickets There was hoping to complete soon are gone, totally gone so fans of the Illegal Downloading argument and the Future Kings of Spain will have to wait. Check yourself bitches!! Ya see, what we got here is failure to build computers so they don’t continually fuck up every five fucking seconds. Tickets There doesn’t like it anymore than you (any Cool Hand Luke fans out there? That one’s for you, Buy me a pint!)

Anyway, enough totally unrelated B.S., let’s move on. I’m still going through the bands from the HWCH and there’s so many I just can’t sit though. The Dying Seconds, We Cut Corners, Subplots, O Emperor and so many others are just too hard to take today. The Zealots though, they ain’t too bad. They’re from Dublin, their first EP just come out and to top it all off, the illustrious Tickets There, semi-part time champions of the Irish Underground are about the bestow the grand honor of a MySpace Review to their repertoire…of reviews, not songs obviously.

As usual….you face…..and we’ve never seem em, never heard em.

Since this is one of the HWCH bands, I’m not using their MySpace so please don’t sue for the hideous false advertising. Instead I’m using their profile at Breaking Tune (link at the bottom). First track, Contrition gets things under way. I’m on my second go of this one and I definitely like it. Really atmospheric, the music is spot on. I have a hung over head and it’s not hurting it, always a good sign. I like the vocals, I like the building, I like the guitars, the drums and the changes. Towards the end it gets a little more obvious indie but it’s still a good un. Ten points (we don’t give points here at Tickets There, let’s be clear about that – Ed.).

Chalk Outlines is second and it’s a got a little more beat in its keister. The songs good a good, dark vibrant sound running through it. Haunting harmonies in the distance, vocals notched up on demand without anything really changing. Gets a little repetitive and ever so slightly begins to drag on but fuck it, Tickets There is in a good, l grand, over the moon mood today. Eighty points!! Exitbag, the third song has a very silly title. Not as entertaining as the others. Little heavier and less based around atmospheric periods of silence built around low volume guitar melodies and Joy Division-esque drums. Not bad but not our favorite. Forty points.

Final song, The Glitch sounds little more radio friendly. Has that Killers, Kaiser Chiefs, Franz Ferdinand kind of choppy, indie riff dominating it. Way too dragged out, way too empty and just not a great effort. Bit more work and a few additions could see this become a great song but at present it ain’t.

Overall, not a bad lot. First two songs were poifect. Other two not so much. Worth checking out for any dark souled dance folks or fans of The Cardigans.

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MySpace Review – Sounds Of System Breakdown

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

Hey Ho folks. It’s Saturday morning. Tickets There has been buzzn’ away to some hard core metal and some classic, blues bastard Rock. Motorhead baby!!!!. Now it’s time for some Irish in the blood. The HWCH 09 Festival is well under way and I’ve managed to find a pretty sweet, last minute inclusion for my list of recommendations. Dublin based Sounds of System Breakdown are completely new to me and they’re damn fine. Damn fine indeed.

As usual, I’ve never seen them live or heard their record.

I’m not actually looking at their MySpace for this one so pleas forgive the false advertising. Instead, I’m using the tracks from their profile on Breaking Tunes. First song, Devil’s Son is like New Order. I’m sure it’s like other techno stuff aswell but I don’t have enough respect for this sound as a serious genre to care. What ever else they sound like, they make it work. Devil’s Son is a great, bleak dark disco kind of number. Alt rock/indieish with the beats constantly thumping away in the background. I think this is my fourth go on this song and every time it gets better. I’m in a bit of a rock mood today so I took a wee break after that sentence and rocked out to some KISS, AC/DC and Judas Priest but I’m back. Always a sign of a good band. Let’s see what else they have. Electrolysis and Mood Enhancers has a semi-annoying keyboard thing in the background but it grows on you. Style of the song is similar to the first one…in a good way. Beats aren’t as strong all the way through but they keep the buzz going. Good bleak disco again (can I TM that phrase? Bleak Disco..oh yes. Tickets loves bleak disco and hates Congo Pop!!). Short, sweet and a good song. Happy out today!

The Secrets Out. Should I write some obvious pun reference or just shut up and mention the song?? Ok, song it is. The Secrets Out is a totally different buzz. The intro relies on guitars rather than the electro styles of the others. You can hear the beats just waiting for their chance and they do come in but in more of a Happy Mondays style than New Order. The Guitar playing is a little more Madchester-ish and it’s damn good. Give this song to Joy Division and it would be classic. Give it to the Mondays and it would have been a classic. Leave it with Sounds of System Breakdown and Ireland has its own club beat / indie styled classic. Jape and Neosupervital, watch out. there’s more of them coming. Good song, alot of changes and bleak indie bits with a nice, heavy back ground (what do you call a keyboard noise that replaces a riff??). Vocals aren’t as strong at the end of the song but it’s still deadly.

Final song, Fragile is my least favourite so far. Not bad, just not half as good as the others so I’m not writing too much about it. Sound of System Breakdown are sweet. Three out of four ain’t bad and it’s a hell of alot better than most bands I listen too. They’re playing tonight at the hard Working Class Heroes Festival and they’ve been added to the list of Tickets There recommendations. Please Click Here for more details.

Also, while you’re at it. Check out Their MySpace

Breaking Tunes – Sound of System Breakdown Profile

Tickets There – New Website PIcture

Posted in IRISH NOISE! with tags , , on October 15, 2009 by Tickets There