SEA SES­SIONS 2014 – THE BEST BITS

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FRI­DAY JUNE 27

Dandy Warhols Their hit sin­gle days may be be­hind them, but you can’t keep a good band down. And if there’s a bet­ter sin­ga­long than Bo­hemian Like You at this year’s Sea Ses­sions, then you will let us know, won’t you?

New Se­cret Weapon This Ir­ish band has been around for a few years, start­ing off as ex­per­i­men­tal (with the em­pha­sis on ‘men­tal’) and im­pro­vi­sa­tional, and then hon­ing their sound to em­brace/en­gage with psych/prog/ in­flu­ences. Frank Zappa? Yep, he’d like ‘em.

Cor­ner Boy The band name may con­jure up im­ages of some­one tap­ping you for change, but the mu­sic is far more con­sid­ered and re­spect­ful. Min­ing folk, roots and con­tem­po­rary trad, mark this band down as one to lis­ten to as a con­trast to, say, The Min­utes.

SATUR­DAY JUNE 28

The Strypes They re­ally are the coolest cats around, and it must be said – the four lads re­ally are masters of their in­stru­ments. Stop snig­ger­ing at the back, if you don’t mind.

Walk­ing on Cars Din­gle-based Walk­ing on Cars throw some in­ter­est­ing commercial shapes. Com­par­isons to Ko­da­line aside, there’s no doubt­ing the filmic sweep of the mu­sic – we could well be look­ing at an­other Ir­ish suc­cess story by this time next year.

Ron Pope If you’re look­ing for some sort of oddball Re­nais­sance Man at this year’s Sea Ses­sions, then Brook­lyn’s Ron Pope is the guy to point a fin­ger at – he seems to be pretty much ev­ery­thing wrapped up in one very busy pop/soul bun­dle, and if you haven’t seen him be­fore, then make amends pronto.

SUN­DAY JUNE 29

Kelis The tech­ni­colour stripes may be long since washed out in the rinse, but Kelis continues to play it straight down the line with tunes that ref­er­ence quick-fire rap/soul/funk and elec­tron­ics. Will she sing her big­gest hit, Milk­shake? Will there be sand in your run­ners?

Ella Eyre She isn’t yet 20, but al­ready west Lon­doner Ella Eyre has clocked up hits with the likes of Bastille, Wiz Khal­ifa, Rudi­men­tal and Naughty Boy. One to watch, with­out a doubt.

Drenge Broth­ers Rory and Eoin Love­less (now there’s a sur­name for a mu­si­cian!) deliver blues/pop as if it were sawn, drawn and quar­tered by orcs with a pas­sion for Lou Reed’s Metal Ma­chine Mu­sic.

Lit­tle Mata­dor Take some­one out of Snow Pa­trol (yes, that’s you, Nathan Con­nolly) and a few mu­si­cians out of other bands (Tired Pony, Idlewild, The Frames), and you’ve got your­selves a mini “supergroup” that whack the sonic ball out of the park.

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