Onor O’Brien of Villagers talks to ony Clayton-Lea. lus, six new Irish acts to watch,
Who is he? Meath-based singer-songwriter who’s been doing the rounds for a year or so. His stomping ground is any pub, bar, hotel lounge or café within a 50-mile radius of Dublin that allows him to sing his songs.
The music: So far, all we’ve heard is four tracks on his MySpace page and a DIY CD of eight tunes, none of which is so dire that you’d run away. In fact, more than a few are blueprints for success, with songs such as
The Pretenders, Lost in a Part, Keep Up and Lullaby surefooted examples of a smart songwriter in need of a leg-up. myspace.com/joekearnsmusic
MAIL ORDER MESSIAHS
Who are they? Dublin/Galway outfit Mail Order Messiahs are an act so under the radar you can’t even hear the blip, blip, blip of their music. A duo (Dar Fahy and Mike Liffey) augmented by stray presences and floating musicians, MOM might not feel the need to update their website (their last blog entry was in October of 2009 – hurry it up, chaps, for God’s sake!), but their music is so up to date it’s next month.
The music: We hear many influences (from Scritti Politti to Prefab Sprout) and several styles (electronica to pop and indie-folk), but most of all what we hear on their debut album, Plain, is utterly idiosyncratic and of its own. mailordermessiahs.com
SOUNDS OF SYSTEM BREAKDOWN
Who are they? Dublin-based trio slowly but surely stepping out of the shadows, trading in years of hard work and low profile with more hard work and a great debut album.
The music: Sometimes for Irish bands, electro comes across as an unlikely fit, but SOSB know exactly what to do with beeps, bleeps and gob-smacking grooves. Think hints of crunchy Cabaret Voltaire and touches of frayed-edged Depeche Mode wrapped in a sealed envelope of post-punk. myspace.com/soundsofsystembreakdown