Friday, January 23, 2004

Indie news

Gentle reader,

Mostly indie news from the sources...

Autamata kick off year with a frenzy of activity with a new single, "Jellyman" released on 20 February on RG Records and accompanied by a fantastic D.A.D.D.Y. produced animated video.

This is the next phase of the international schedule that has been put in place since the band signed a worldwide deal with the London-based RG Records. Autamata’s My Sanctuary album gets a full international release on 8th March (5th March in Ireland) in its brand new remixed and remastered form.

Bell X1 have just returned from their junket which included a live show at the Eurosonic Festival (chosen by RTE as one of 2 bands representing Ireland) which was recorded for broadcast on national stations throughout Europe. They will be heading off on another tour of the UK at the beginning of March with Aqualung. Meanwhile Paul and Dave from the band will be playing at the Children of Bam benefit gig in Vicar Street, Dublin on Wed 28 January in aid of Save The Children.

will have a 1 hour TV documentary

The Damien Dempsey documentary will be broadcast by RTE 1 on Tues 3 February at 10:15pm. Its drawn from filming over the last couple of years in Ireland, the UK and America and features contributions from Sinead O’Connor, Christy Moore and Shane MacGowan as part of the truly illuminating footage that makes up the film.

The Frames have signed a record deal with Anti (left-field subsidiary of the hardcore Epitaph label) covering the world except for Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. The band’s first international release through the label will be the live "Set List" album on 23 February.

Currently working on tracks for their forthcoming studio album the band head to the U.S. at the beginning of March for the beginning of a tour with Damien Rice. They have also been invited to perform in China in May as part of a government cultural exchange programme.

Franz Ferdinand have the 2FM's Full Irish presenter ranting (fairly normal really). The Glaswegian 4-piece are currently on their 2nd single, "Take Me Out" (recorded with Cardigans producer Tor Johannsen), which has just débuted at No 3 in the UK Singles Chart.

Their début self-titled album is released in Ireland on 6 February and looks set to be the mighty Domino label’s most successful release to date.

La Rocca, the Dublin-based 4-piece who closed off 2003 with the release of "Sing Song Sung" (Wet Clay), an EP of infectious guitar-pop tunes, have promised to refund anyone who is not delighted with their forthcoming dates. Considering the value for money their Lobby gig on January 22 with Rulers Of The Planet represents, it's even better value.

Cork boy Simple Kid releases a new single, "Truck On", on 6 February on 2M Records. It is taken from his highly acclaimed self-titled album which was released in late 2003.

Snow Patrol’s current album, Final Straw, went straight into the Irish Top 20 on release and was voted No 13 best album of the year in Tom Dunne’s Pet Sounds end of year poll. And now, with the imminent release of new single "Run" (23 Jan), things seem to be kicking off for the Irish 4-piece in the UK with the single and it’s accompanying video eliciting a deluge of positive praise.

And for those eager for new music from the band you can download an exclusive track, “Half The Fun” for free via the band’s website.

Woodstar release a new single "Suicide Way" on Wet Clay on 6 February – coinciding with the release of the same song in the UK but under the title "Cold Cold Heart". February 6 is also the day that they are playing the Old Oak in Cork.

take care,


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