Happy Hour with Fallen Lights

Together since 2014, Cody, Graham, Jay and Joe make up Irish indie-pop outfit Fallen Lights who were kind enough to join me in studio ahead of their gig in Buskers, full interview is available here. On a side-note, I did ask where the name came from, hoping they would say an indie band name generator on Facebook but instead I got a garbled story about an altercation with a light after a gig. Mmmhmm.. drink taken I’d say!

Hailing from Mullingar and Waterford, the lads count Gavin James and Hudson Taylor among their fans and maintain that everyone in the music industry in Ireland is up for pints and fairly sound. They should know, having supported everyone from Paddy Casey to Ham Sandwich to The Academic and most recently the Blizzards on their comback tour in the Olympia Theatre in Dublin. Comparisons with the likes of Picture This and Walking on Cars are inevitable but Graham maintains Fallen Lights have a more ballsy, in-your-face sound. “it’s like indie-pop with a punch, electric-indie-pop-rock”.

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2017 has been a busy one thus far. The new single Pricetag is out now and available for  download on itunes. There is also a 5 single EP in the pipeline for later in the year and the lads have just announced details of a headline show in Whelans in Dublin, tickets here. And, as recently as last night have thrown their hat in the ring for Eurovision 2018.

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As if that wasn’t enough, they’ve embarked on a 32-county 32-day Mind your Mind tour, with one gig per county per day, in aid of mental health charity Inspire. Inspire are a 32-county mental health service providing a range of supports in the areas of disability and mental health; day support, supported housing, floating support and advocacy services as well as training programmes in third-level colleges and universities across the island of Ireland. This idea of a 32-county service is the main reason behind the epic roadtrip the boyos now find themselves in the middle of.

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It’s no secret that mental health is a huge issue in Ireland, especially among young men who, according to the National Suicide Research Foundation are 5 times more likely than their female counterparts to die by suicide. It’s this demographic that Fallen Lights are hoping to tap into and help to break the stigma of mental health. As Graham said, if they can reach out to 1 person at each gig, that’s 32 lives saved over the course of 32 days. Not all superheroes wear capes.

In terms of minding their own mental health, the lads admitted that they are all in a fortunate position of working with their best friends and that others might not be so lukcy. In the close confines of the tour bus it’s hard to keep secrets and if someone is having a bad day, they all step in to lift the mood again. “since we’re practically living in a van for most of the year, we’re kind of forced to talk about our feelings and we act as our own mental health guidance.”

Looking ahead to the future, Fallen Lights have just announced details of a headline gig in Dublin but they won’t be stopping there and are delighted to be featuring in this year’s Electric Picnic line-up. No strangers to the festival circuit, the lads are really looking forward to returning to the stage in Stradbally. “electric is such a great place for everybody to get togehrt. We got a good crowd, not just friends and family people hearing the music from afar and and just walking towards us. We got a good reaction on social media then, we were buzzing so we’re just mad to get back there”

For anyone affected by issues raised, the Samaritans are available 24/7 at 116 123 free of charge.

Check out the full interview here with full tracklisting below. Special thanks to Station Manager Paula Healy who produced.

xo Malley

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Happy Hour with Fallen Lights

Tracklist

  1. James Vincent McMorrow – True Care
  2. Ailbhe Reilly – Loose
  3. Fallen Lights – Price Tag
  4. Fallen Lights – You and I (live)
  5. Loah – This Heart
  6. Rory Gallagher – Bad Penny
  7. Peter Doherty – Last of the English Roses
  8. The National – The Last Time
  9. Alt-J – Left Hand Free
  10. Bloc Party – Flux

 

Happy Hour: Life Festival Special

Drumroll……

Festival season is firmly upon us with Life Festival bringing proceedings to a whomping, stomping start this weekend.

As always, the organisers have pulled out all the stops in terms of lineup with a stellar installment of headliners like Patrick Topping, Eats Everything, Nina Kravitz, Format B, Duke Dumont, Rudimental, Gorgon City and Maya Jane Coles taking to the stages across the three days.

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Line-up, Life 2017

Belvedere House and Gardens again plays host to the festival in what is certainly one of the most picturesque locations in the country for a big dirty rave. If this heat wave we’re promised ever materialises, sunset at the lake will be spectacular! Last year was an absolute scorcher so praying for more of the same for this year. Unfortunately the forecast for Saturday isn’t looking too fresh but, we live in hope!

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MK playing the Main Stage, Life 2016.

This leads us nicely to last night’s Happy Hour Life Special. The second hour got pretty loud and I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t a fair amount of groovin’ in studio. Tracklist is below and here’s a link to the Mixcloud, give it a listen and let me know what you think.

For anyone still looking, weekend tickets (Tier 4) are still availible on Tickemaster. Get ’em here Tickets

For those of you making the pilgrimage to Mullingar, see yaz at the Lake Stage

xo Malley

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View at the Lake Stage during Ben Klock, Life 2015.

Tracklist

Maya Jane Coles Won’t Let You Down

Format B Chunky

Format B Vivian Wheeler

Rudimental Lay it all on Me ft Ed Sheeran

Eats Everything Dancing Again

Alan Fitzpatrick We Do What We Want

The Magician Sunlight

Gorgon City All Four Walls

Sunil Sharpe Magpie Science

Bjarki I Wanna Go Bang

Get Down Edits Pleasure

 

5 quirky Irish music festivals you NEED to get to this Summer.

It’s probably the hipster in me talking but there’s definitely an appeal to going a little bit off the beaten track this summer, especially in terms of festivals. Maybe it’s the shorter lines at the portaloos or the bragging rights when you ‘discover’ an as yet unheard of act or maybe you just like things that are a little bit left of centre. Whatever your reason, here’s a list of my top 5 quirky Irish festivals.

5. Castlepalooza

Set in the grounds of Charleville Castle in Tullamore, Castlepalooza is a hidden gem in what will be festival-packed August Bank Holiday weekend this year (a nod to Indiependence and the Galway Races.) Complete with a moate and castle, Castlepalooza has some of the most impressive camping options you’ll find anywhere this summer! Watch out also for the restored 17th century castle which throws open the doors and allows punters to use the toilets! With a wide ranging line-up including Oh Boland, Hvmmingbyrd, Farah Elle, Spud Gun, Le Boom and an impressive comedy set up boasting comedians like Deirdre O’Kane, Fred Cooke, PJ Gallagher among others this boutique festival promises to be another excellent outing.

Tier 3 weekend camping tickets are available via Ticketmaster and priced at €139 + BF

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Castlepalooza Main Stage, 2015.

4. Live on Air

Until David McGowan hauled a decommissioned Boeing 747 to his Quirky Nights glamping site, I’d never even heard of Eniscrone, Co. Sligo. Determined to capitalise on the popularity of the ‘Big Yoke’ and put Eniscrone firmly on the map for once and for all, McGowan is launching Live on Air, a new mixed-genre festical which takes place on May 26th and 27th. The lineup has a distinctly homegrown flavour with acts such as the Riptide Movement, Hothouse Flowers, Wyvern Lingo, Meltybrains? Hermitage Green, Moxie, Disco na mBo as well as recent Choice Music Prize winners, Rusangano Family, all featuring.

Weekend camping tickets, priced at €100 are now sold out but day tickets are still available via Eventbrite.

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3. Ériu – Irish Decompression (June 9th – June 11th)

Dubbed as Ireland’s Burning Man, that sets the bar remarkably high for this festival. Details are sketchy and with performance submissions still open, there are few lineup details. However, if the hype surrouding this gather is to be believed this is a weekend not to be missed. Based around the 10 principles of Burning Man, one of which is participation, there is a heavy emphasis on community and volunteering. Only 500 tickets are sold, with ticket revenue funding the cost of running the festival. This year’s decompression takes place in Stradbally from June 9th – 11th and further details can be found on the Facebook event page.

Low income tickets are available via Eventbrite.

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2. Beatyard (August 5th & 6th)

Beatyard has been knocking around for the past couple of years but this year’s lineup has certainly propelled it to the forefront of my mind. Eh, Mark Ronson anyone? This 2 day event takes place in Dun Laoghaire and the theme is nautical boogie. It’s an urban festival so perfect for those who are fond of their creature comforts and don’t fancy the rough and tumble of actually camping. The lineup has plenty to be excited about with the aforementioned Mark Ronson appearing alongside the likes of Rusangano Family, Horsemeat Disco, Candi Station, Bananarama, Fish Go Deep and Kila.

Weekend tickets are available for €89 + BF via Eventbrite with single day tickets priced at €59.

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1. Townlands Carnival (July 21st – 23rd)

Nestled in amongst the byroads of Macroom, Townlands Carnival is Cork’s best kept secret. With an extensive collection of stages and props that a festival 5 times its’ size would be proud of, Townlands becomes its own utopia for the weekend. Mimicing an old saloon town, complete with swinging doors and shuttered windows, stages are nestled behind elaborate facades that would not look out of place in Acme Acres. The Irish-inspired Sibin stage is home to a number of homegrown rising stars while the other stages play host to a huge variety of musical genres; everything from electronic to techno to reggae to folk is catered for. The hugely diverse lineup attracts people from all walks of life and creates great vibes around the campsite. This year’s line up includes Hermitage Green, Stomptown Bass, Jack O’Rourke, Rubberbandits, Neon Atlas, Le Boom and many more to be announced.

Tier 2 tickets for Townlands Carnival are priced at €105 + bf.

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Jerry Fish playing the mainstage at TLC in 2016

Happy Hour Guaranteed Irish ☘

In honour of our patron saint, Patrick, or Patty depending on your pronunciation (lawl) I decided to do a Guaranteed Irish Happy Hour Special this evening. ☘

Honestly, with the huge range of Irish talent this was not as daunting at all as first feared! Check out the playlist below if you don’t believe me. Although, fair warning, I snuck a bit of cheese in there when I thought no-one was looking.. *cough Westlife.

My personal highlight was resurrecting the classic ‘There’s a Whole Lotta Loving’, the debut and possibly only single from short-lived pop sensation Six. It’s 15 years old this year by the way, just to make you feel every inch of your age. I vividly remember queuing for well over 4 hours outside Roxy Records to meet Six. This was one of several encounters including sneaking backstage at their gig in the INEC and nearly collapsing when we found their dressing room AND (brace yourself, this part is especially cringe!!) giving them no, PRESENTING them, with a calendar that my best friend Aoife and I had spent painstaking hours creating. I think we also learned their dance routine for a talent competition but my memory is hazy about that. We might have just learned it for the craic…. Good times!

Anyway, just to bring this kicking and screaming into 2017, Evoke.ie conveniently put together a ‘Where are they now?’ article to celebrate the anniversary of the single. Sinead, the girl from Cork went on to become Mayor of Cobh while Emma, the blondie Limerick lady with the wild curly hair, her career reached the dizzying heights of co-presenting on Den TV with Socky the Sockmonster. Andy briefly managed another band before selling his soul and going into finance while Liam had the dubious job of being Jedwards’ road manager. Jesus. Sarah, the girl who was drafted in last minute when She Who Shall Not be Named was fucked out now works for BBC Radio 4 and last, but not least, Kyle ‘ridiculous yellow jumper’ Andrews. He spent a brief period working for Screentime Shinawil, the company who produced Popstars (all a bit cosy, isn’t it?) before returning to NI to work for a documentary firm.

The fact that they are all still in touch and still going to each other’s weddings makes my heart very happy indeed. Spoken like a true superfan 😉

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Here are all of Six at Kyle’s wedding in 2014

Here’s the tracklist for the rest of the show and don’t forget you can listen back to the whole thing in all it’s glory over on Mixcloud. Until next week, peace!

An Emotional Fist – Celebrate

Mundy – Mexico

Duke Special – Last night I nearly Died

Hozier – from Eden

Hermitage Green – Jenny

BellX1 – Eve, the Apple of my Eye

Windings – A Better Place

Thin Lizzy – Dancing in the Moonlight

The Sawdoctors – How I feel about You

Picture This – Take my Hand

Jack O’Rourke – Dreamcatcher

Westlife – When You’re Looking Like That

Coronas – Heroes or Ghosts

Six – Whole Lotta Loving

Luke Kelly – Raglan Road

Hothouse Flowers – I Can See Clearly Now

Jerry Fish and the Mudbug Club – True Friends

Saint Sister – Corpses

Aslan – Crazy World

Little Green Cars – Better Day

Happy Hour – November 16th

Making a welcome return to the airwaves this week after a couple of weeks off due to werk. Thankfully, a Minion has been hired and I’m back with a bang.

First Dates, Monday Channel 4, 9PM.

As usual we spent far too much time talking about First Dates. The fact Ian watches this AND has admitted it on live radio is still a source of amusement and obviously blows a serious hole in his Indie Rocker cred. Anyway, without spoiling the whole episode, it was a good ‘un. First up was Sophie and Adam. All I can say is OUCH! And I thought it was all going so well.. Next were the token older couple Meguel and Kevin, neither of whom looked their age and both of whom were sporting some questionable tan. It was all very nice and plesant and Kevin is a serious DILF so the episode is worth watching for that fact alone. Annie and Barry, aside from sharing their names with the main characters in a children’s readers, they also left the country in tears. On a side note, don’t go all XFactor on us Fred. I can’t cope with this level of emotion on a Monday evening! Poshie Masie was back for another go after her previous date ended with her match kindly informing her that he wanted to bang as many women as possible and sew his seed in her (seriously!) Things went much better this week with James, surely a cousin of Jedward with that quiff.

 

Gig Guide

Hudson Taylor play the Bailey Allen, Wednesday November 16th.

Sample Answer play the Roisin Dubh, Saturday Novemebr 19th. Use the code SAMPLE at check out to get 50% off your ticket (yurt)

Wyvern Lingo play the Roisin Dubh, Saturday, November 26th.

Coronas play Seapoint Ballroom, Wednesday and Thursday, November 23rd and 24th.

And, the last EVER Fight Like Ape Galway gig is next Thursday in the Roisin Dubh, November 24th.

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And finally, months and months ahead of time, our Way Too Early Picnic Predictions

Ian reckons Tribe Called Quest, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Foals, Hozier, Blink 182, Two Door Cinema Club, Jamie T, Bloc Party.

And, under strict instructions not to cheat, here are my guesses

Alt J, Jerry Fish, The Eskies, Coldplay, Jenny Greene, MK, King Kong Kompany, David McWilliams, Hanna Wants, The Libertines, Picture This.

Incidentally, EP early bird tickets finish TODAY, so if you haven’t already gotten yours, get them.

You can catch the show in it’s entirety here:

And finally, the tracklist from the show:

1. One More Chance by Bloc Party
2. Inhaler by Foals
3. LoveCats by The Cure
4. Can’t Keep Checking My Pulse by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
5. Higher Love by James Vincent McMorrow
6. Take me Out by Franz Ferdinand
7.Always on my Mind by Pet Shop Boys
8. Good Boy by Sample Answer
9. Corpses by Saint Sister
10. Crouching Bees by Fight Like Apes
11. Ants by Ham Sandwich
12. Come Get Your Love by Redbone
13. Feels Like We Only Go Backwards by Tame Impala
14. Rabbit Hole by Jamie T
15. Time for Heroes by The Libertines
16. Youth by Glass Animals
17. Ampling Amp by Yeaslayer
18. Can I Kick It by A Tribe Called Quest
19. Next Year by Two Door Cinema Club
20. Sweet Jane by Velvet Underground

The Long and Windings Road

This evening on the HumpDay Happy Hour we were lucky enough to get to chat to the lead singer of Limerick folk-rockers Windings, Steve Ryan or Shane Ryan as I called him for a good thirty minutes before he had the grace to message me and tell me his name was Steve. Cringe.

Anyway!

Having been on the go in one shape or another since 2005 and having gone through more personnel changes than the Sugarbabes we got right to the crux of it with Steve who, fortunately, has been there since the beginning. He began by telling us about starting out on the Windings road (geddit?) as a solo act in 2005. At this stage, he didn’t actually have any other band members so he simply played all the instruments himself. Impressed yet? Following the release of his/their first album he slowly recruited members at a steady rate of about 1 per annum and by 2011, Windings were performing as a 5 piece. However, change was soon afoot. In Steve’s own words;

‘Our guitar player (Liam) left to go do a doctorate in Lisbon and then the new guy (Gary) left but then the old guy came back and now he plays base. He was demoted.’

We touch briefly on their last full length album, I am not the Crow, which, incidentally, was nominated for a Choice Music Award back in 2012. Bet you’re impressed now though? We comiserate, about 4 years too late, and Steve jokes about being bitter and getting the acceptance speech he never got the chance to use tattoo’d on his wrist. According to him their sound has evolved a lot since then.

‘Each album has been different for better or for worse’, he explains, ‘people who loved the first album just openly told me that they didn’t like the second album… this is 11 years later if I was still making the same album, still writing the same songs I’d be pretty miserable.’

The current line up of Steve, Patrick, Mike, Brian and Liam are back with a vengance with their new album Be Honest and Fear Not due for release on September 30th on Out on  a Limb Records. Brimful of emotion with some of the most powerful lyrics to date (check out Ambivalance Blues), it’s hard to believe that the entire album was recorded in just 3 days with the help of Tommy McLaughlin (Villagers). This album ebs and flows masterfully covering a whole spectrum of human emotion coupled with some hard hitting lyrics and sweet melodies. In Steve’s own words, ‘I wouldn’t have it any other way’.

Windings are playing a number of dates around the country. You can find all of this info on the Flirt FM Happy Hour Facebook page or indeed on the Windings Facebook page.

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Thanks so much for chatting to us Steve and best of luck with it. We’ll be seeing ye in the Roisin Dubh on Nov 10th!

Here’s the tracklist for the rest of the Happy Hour

Phil Lynott Old Town

Walking on Cars 2 Stones

Talking Heads This  Must be the Place

Windings You’re Dead

Nelly Just a Dream

Delerentos Forget the Numbers

Wombats Give me a Try

Picture This Take my Hand

Moby Why does my heart feel so bad

Florence + the Machine Cosmic Love

Behind the Scenes: Cooper goes to College

Last Tuesday, Today FM’s Matt Cooper took his show The Last Word on tour, broadcasting live from Aras na MacLeinn in Galway. Myself and some other Flirt FM staff went along to help out and here’s what went down behind the scenes of Ireland’s most popular drivetime show (besides the Flirt FM Happy Hour, obvs!)

When we first arrived, Matt was sat behind a giant branded Today FM screen like the all-powerful Oz. Did Matt Cooper have stage fright, we wondered? The screen was quickly moved into position behind the man himself, almost as if he could hear our thoughts. Maybe he had more in common with the Great Oz than we realized. Expect something different indeed!

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The theme of the show was all things Galway and, in true Galway fashion, Supermacs, the Arts, Connacht Rugby and Buckfast were all hot topics of conversation from the wide range of guests, panelists and contributors on what was truly a jam packed show.

Coinciding with the release of the World University Rankings in which NUIG jumped 22 places and was the only Irish University to move up the rankings, the timing for this live broadcast could not have been better. The beginning of the program saw Matt discussing the implications of cuts to University funding with Caroline Loughnane, Academic Secretary at NUIG and Prof. John Boland, Dean of Research at Trinity College. Next up was Natalie Treacy, Sinn Fein Counsellor in Castleknock talking about the shortage of beds in Beaumont Hospital for those with Acquired Brain Injuries and malignant tumours before talk turned to mobile phone apps that aid safer driving, surely a glaring oxymoron?

As we ushered the audience in to take their seats during the news, word filtered through that all round sound man and owner of Supermacs, Pat McDonagh, had kindly brought along some pizzas and the night was off to a flying start! Comedian Bob Henegan, originally a Mayo man and now a member of the largest ethnic group in Galway kept the crowd well entertained as he discussed with NUIG PHD Psychology researcher Elaine Byrne whether Galway was deserving of it’s “friendliest city” moniker. While Elaine waxed lyrical about the native’s genuine and sincere interest in the “stuff of other people’s lives” and the “evocative and magical experience of the Arts Festival”, Matt was quick to draw comparisons between herself and one-man Galway promotion machine Uachtaran na hEireann, Michael D. Henegan was quick to counter with a sharply observed spiel about the inevitable “mushroom cloud of dreadlocked hippies” descending on Eyre Square each Summer to “find themselves” playing bongo drums and juggling balls. I won’t spoil the ending but it’s well worth listening back to and you can find the link to Matt’s podcast below. Bob Henegan will be back for the Vodafone Galway Comedy Carnival in the Roisin Dubh on 25th October.

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The shortage of accommodation, entrepreneurship in Galway and the opening of the Portershed were all up for discussion before the Students v Lecturers quiz (the Lecturers pipped it by a single point) To round out the show, some of the Rabbo Direct Pro12 winning Connacht Rugby team popped in for a grilling following their defeat to the Glasgow Warriors last weekend. Music-wise, Achill singer-songwriter Graham Sweeney and the kinda acapella group the Testostertones hit all the right notes and had the crowd tapping along with them.

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As aspiring radio presenters, it was hugely interesting for us to get a glimpse of exactly how much work, research and co-ordination goes into a single show. Listening to the radio it’s easy to forget that there are a whole team of researchers, sound engineers and runners scurrying around like ants to ensure the whole thing ticks over nicely. The Last Word team were slick and efficient and everyone knew precisely what their role was. It was definitely a lesson in organization and I’m sure we all picked up a few tricks that we’ll be bringing home to Flirt FM for future reference.

Thanks to Matt Cooper and all the team at the Last Word for having us!

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Flirt FM staff pictured with Matt Cooper, The Last Word on Today FM in NUIG