Irish acts to watch in 2012: Jim Carroll takes a look into the future,
There is an abundance of promising young artists creating wonderful music in the Irish music scene, but predicting which ones will succeed is tricky, writes Jim Carroll
THERE ARE 10 acts on this list but, in fairness, there could easily have been at least 10 more. We’re currently experiencing a boom in new Irish music, a boom that shows no sign of slowing down in either quantity or quality. The number of acts making a splash or capable of making a splash grows with each passing year.
Of course, when it comes to predicting which acts are going to make headlines in the year to come, there has to be a few caveats. Any list which sets out to highlight trailblazers in the coming year is going to come with riders, conditional clauses and, at the very least, a few get-out-of-jail-free cards for the person doing the predicting. Yes, you’re about to read said riders, clauses and ass-covering excuses.
For a start, it’s very possible that the Irish act that goes on to set the musical agenda for the next 12 months with a fantastic new album is an act we already know very well. Acts who did great things at home in 2010 and 2011 may go on to do similar feats out foreign in 2012. Acts may return with a brilliant second or third album and watch as the world finally catches up with them.
For instance, we’re very excited about the new tunes we’re hearing from The Cast Of Cheers, a band Irish audiences know all about since their self-titled free debut album Chariot landed here in 2010. But, to foreign audiences, the now London-based band are a brand new proposition and are thus seen as “new”. Likewise, Delorentos’ new album Little Sparks is easily the best, boldest and brightest thing they’ve put their name to thus far in their career and catches them in a whole new light.
No act emerges fully formed and ready to take on the world from the rehearsal studio, garage or bedroom at the first time of asking. It takes time for an act to develop their chops and smarts. We’ve seen this with James Vincent Mcmorrow – he talked in an interview with The Ticket a few months ago about spending four or five years working at his craft before trying to start recording an album, which then took another two years to come together.
The same goes for We Cut Corners and others. A great debut album does not happen overnight.
As you can see from our list of 10, some of the acts highlighted (such as Little Green Cars and This Club) have been around the block already, yet are only now really ready for their close-up. Most of the acts are ones we’ve profiled in the New Music section in The Ticket as they’ve emerged and developed. What they all have in common, though, is that they have yet to release debut albums and have grand plans for the year ahead. We think they’re 10 to keep an eye on as 2012 develops. See you back here in a year’s time to assess how they got on.