In one of NME’s regular new music columns, Girl Band frontman Dara Kiely singles out his favourite new acts right now. Read why and listen to the lot below.
We’ve been a part of the Irish independent music scene in some shape or form since we were about 15 years old, and I think I can relate to it more so now than ever before. Small indie labels are popping up everywhere. From the pretty pop-tastical Popical Island collective to the jazz-indie-inspired Trout Records, it’s a lovely thing to witness.
Everyone having access to any track in the world in a matter of moments has inspired some unique sounds. There seems to be no single influence on this generation of bands and it is easy to develop a personal microcosm and avoid what you don’t like, however how much coverage it receives. That seems to be the plan – hopefully.
Which brings me to Tongue Bundle. Thar be evidence of no wave, and they’re obviously big James Chance fans, which is cool and apparent. Their Sun Ra-inspired noise shines over the shadows of their influences. They are kin to the contemporary nature of Kendrick Lamar’s recent belter ‘For Free?’ (minus the sass). When I saw them in The Bernard Shaw venue in Dublin last week the Batistuta-ian trumpet player was sporting an Argentina jersey. Class act!
Paddy Hanna’s a good guy. I was really into Scott Walker around the time I saw Paddy play first. The haunted ghosts of ‘Scott 4’ linger in his playing. I’d really love him to do a cover of ‘Duchess’ or something. The songs share a similar gallop to Parquet Courts or Modern Lovers. He’s got a wide-ranging music knowledge and is humbly opinionated in his manner. A true gent with a unique sense of humour, which is really needed at the moment.
A guy called Ian Maleney used to run a label called Quarter Inch Collective and he’d issue an annual mix cassette with Irish bands covering a track that was released within the year. We did it twice, and that’s how I came across the next act I want to talk about, Simon Bird. I was paying more attention to krautrock and electronic music; bands like Neu!, Faust and Can were really catching my eye. Simon seemed to channel those influences in a contemporary and noisy manner. He showed me bands like Melt Banana, which makes total sense to his vibe. His first album, ‘Sport’, is a mindfuck and a lot of craic.
Tongue Bundle – Schleepface
Paddy Hanna – Austria
Simon Bird – DRONE 24 11 14