There was a time only a few years ago when we would have been delighted with ten quality releases from Limerick musical acts over the course of a year, however nowadays our fair city and its surrounds represent one of the most fertile places in the land when it comes to musical output. The past number of weeks has seen that strong trend continue so we felt duty bound to bring some of the best new tracks to you just in case you might have missed any of them.
His Father’s Voice - In the Shade
Having already released a hugely impressive debut EP earlier in the year, relative new kids on the block His Father’s Voice are back with this excellent twin release. Its the result of a real collective effort of local talents which saw Richard Dowling on mastering duties, Mary Reidy providing the very tasteful artwork, while Mícheál Keating (Bleeding Heart Pigeons) was heavily involved in the recording, mixing and production.
Sinead O’Brien - A Thing You Call Joy
The break-through of the esoteric Sinead O’Brien has been joy to behold (no pun intended) and if you haven’t seen her live then make sure you get along to the Warehouse on November 9th good and early as she is the opening act for whenyoung’s return to Dolans.
whenyoung - A Labour of Love
And speaking of that triumphant return we of course had to feature something from the headliners themselves who have just finished up their biggest UK tour to date, even though they were very busy with that they still had time to release this pared-back version of one our favourite tracks from their brilliant debut album ‘Reasons to Dream’.
DJ Bleak Stack of Bleak Stack x Post Punk Podge - Generation Xanax
Limerick should be extremely proud of Post Punk Podge who has tackled injustice and inhumanity on every release, along with being an incendiary live act that just has to be experienced. His latest collaboration sees him team up with producer DJ Bleak Stack and deal with Xanax, mental illness and addiction.
Murli - Illegible
After their historic Choice Music Prize win for their outstanding album ‘Let the Dead Bury the Dead’ the members of Rusangano Family have been involved in all sorts of musical adventures and collaborations. Following on from recent tracks from God Knows and Denis Chaila, this month has seen the turn of Murli to step up to the mic and ‘Illegible’ has all the quality hallmarks you would expect.
Slow Riot - G.A.D.
The news last week that Slow Riot are to release their debut album G.A.D. was something we welcomed with a mixture of excitement and sadness as it will be their goodbye gift to us. Sadly the band parted ways last year but the album they will release next month is one hell of a way to say farewell.
Inner City Radio - Year of the Bull EP
Inner City Radio are back with a bit of a change of sound but the four delightful tracks on their new EP are well worth checking out.
Fox Jaw - Let It Run
In the past month we have been treated to a new single, a fantastic gig in the Kasbah Social Club and as always another stunning video from those mighty Limerick rockers Fox Jaw. Their latest Irish tour continues next month with dates in Cork, Dublin, Belfast, Waterford & Galway.
The Winter Passing - Patience, Please
OK this one might be a slight bit of a stretch but a decent stretch with Marty Ryan (he of Anna’s Anchor & DIY Limerick fame) now part of The Winter Passing line-up - he does like to keep busy that lad (he also has an excellent podcast). Their new single is 4 minutes and 39 seconds of indie-guitar goodness.
Rumi - Come Down
Our final track isn’t quite released yet but like all of the tracks above we have featured it on Sounds from a Green World on 8radio.com, kicking off this week’s show in fact along with His Father’s Voice and Inner City Radio. Rumi played a super support slot to Le Boom in the Warehouse last week and we’re sure you’ll enjoy her latest single ‘Come Down’ which is released on November 1st.