Wham, Bam, Thank you Tramline!
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!