True North

Not since the hey­day of Ther­apy? and Ash has such a glo­ri­ous din em­anated from the North. With the re­cent suc­cesses of Two Door Cin­ema Club and And So I Watch You From Afar putting North­ern Ire­land back in the spot­light, Aoife Barry digs a lit­tle deeper a

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Cover Story -

OU’RE not a hair’s breadth away from North­ern Ire­land be­com­ing the next Port­land, Ore­gon or the next Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton.” This might have sounded like a bold state­ment for Andrew Fer­ris of North­ern Ir­ish record la­bel Small­town Amer­ica to make a decade ago but, with the re­cent suc­cess of And So I Watch You From Afar and Two Door Cin­ema Club, it’s clear that mu­si­cians in North­ern Ire­land have moved in to the spot­light.

“This is po­ten­tially the big­gest year for North­ern Ir­ish mu­sic ever,” says Rigsy, pre­sen­ter of BBC Ra­dio Ul­ster’s Across the Line. “There are four or five cru­cial sec­ond records from bands that made a bit of an im­pact with their first al­bum, like Gen­eral Fi­asco and ASIWYFA. Then there’s this new wave of alarm­ingly young bands com­ing up be­hind them.”

Adam Turk­ing­ton, the arts and com­mu­nity co-or­di­na­tor for the Water­front in Belfast, who pro­grammes the Trans: Belfast fes­ti­val, points to the suc­cess of Two Door Cin­ema Club. “This time last year you wouldn’t have seen that com­ing. I think you can trace a lot of that back to Snow Pa­trol and peo­ple get­ting a de­gree of con­fi­dence. I’m re­ally ex­cited with what the Richter Col­lec­tive la­bel is do­ing with the bands here – giv­ing them a plat­form and al­low­ing them to make ex­cit­ing records.”

Chris Jones, edi­tor of Belfast-based AU mu­sic mag­a­zine, says bands should fo­cus on get­ting out of their home town. “They need to wake up, and I think bands from the South need to come up here and play more.

“The last five years seem to have been a big jump. I would say that it is a vi­brant scene, al­though we’re go­ing through a cer­tain group of bands – ASIWYFA, Gen­eral Fi­asco, Two Door Cin­ema Club – who are off tour­ing a lot. Now that they’ve been suc­cess­ful, we’re wait­ing for the bands that are go­ing to come through and fill that void. ”

And So I Watch You from Afar per­form­ing at The Retro in Portrush, Co Antrim.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.