MU­SIC

Onor O’Brien of Vil­lagers talks to ony Clay­ton-Lea. lus, six new Ir­ish acts to watch,

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JOE KEARNS

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

Sounds of Sys­tem Break­down

Mail Or­der Mes­si­ahs

Joe Kearns

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