Wham, Bam, Thank you Tram­line!

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The Tram­line Mon­days night re­cently swung into ac­tion with a mouth­wa­ter­ing bill of lo­cal tal­ent. By Roisin Dwyer

The in­au­gu­ral Tram­line Mon­days in as­so­ci­a­tion with Hot Press kicked off ear­lier this month with a siz­zling bill in­clud­ing Orchid Col­lec­tive, Vulpynes and Jesse John Hef­fer­nan. Orchid Col­lec­tive have two new sin­gles in the pipe­line for re­lease over the com­ing moths, and Jesse is gear­ing up for the re­lease of his de­but al­bum in April – will fill you in on more de­tails as I get them! Garage punk duo Vulpynes, mean­while, will launch their de­but EP this spring via UK-based Head­check Records. The girls have al­ready gar­nered quite the fol­low­ing in Bri­tain and have a batch of shows lined up over there this year, in­clud­ing an ap­pear­ance at the lauded Hell Hath No Fury Fes­ti­val in Bris­tol in May. Dublin fans can catch them in Fib­ber Magees on Jan­uary 26, Drop Dead Twice on Fe­bru­ary 18 and in The Thomas House with Hooli­gan on March 17. We highly rec­om­mend get­ting along!…

Also head­ing to the UK this spring are

Cork’s The Al­tered Hours, who have dates lined up in Manchester and Lon­don in March, plus their in­au­gu­ral Parisian per­for­mance that month too! Fol­low­ing on from De­cem­ber’s track ‘Open Wide’, they re­lease their new

EP On My Tongue via Blind/Penske Record­ings on Fe­bru­ary 18. They also have a batch of Ir­ish dates on the way, kick­ing off in The Roisin Dubh, Gal­way on Fe­bru­ary 1. Check hot­press.com for de­tails….

It has been a while since singer­song­writer graced this col­umn and we now know why – he has been busy re-es­tab­lish­ing him­self in the UK with a new act, Five Grand Stereo. They have just-re­leased their de­but long-player Sex And Money through Brown­pa­per Records, and ac­cord­ing to the ac­com­pa­ny­ing press re­lease, it’s a “darkly hu­mor­ous and the­atri­cal con­cept al­bum”, which fea­tures four-part har­monies, duelling gui­tars and raspy sax, with sonic nods to Bowie, Nolan and Zappa – in­trigu­ing!….

Also un­der the radar for an ex­tended pe­riod, al­beit still in the same guise, are The 202s, who re­lease their new al­bum When The Fu­ture Was Yet To Hurt Us on Fe­bru­ary 16. The long-player is pre­ceded by ‘Soul Don’t Boo­gie’ and is the fol­low-up to their 2009 self-ti­tled de­but. We can’t wait!…

Also, in date-for-your-di­aries news, the Dublin Al­ter­na­tive Mar­ket re­turns to The Voodoo Lounge on Fe­bru­ary 4 from 12-6pm, with its usual im­pres­sive col­lec­tion of hand­crafted can­dles, cloth­ing, art, jew­ellery, books, records and more with a gothic/rock twist. Do drop in!


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