It's marvellous and not at all the sort of thing you would dare to expect from bloody Dubliners...

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NPB : Loaded

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NPB : Loaded

While seeking out the man who helped crystallise the new sound of a generation in order to inject some life into your band smacks of desperation, when hirsute Strokes guru Gordon Raphael asks to work with you its more than an empty pat on the back.

And so it was that the man who put skinny ties back on the Top Shop racks hunted down Dublin three-piece (recently swolled to four) NPB after hearing their debut mini-album ‘THIS IS MY HAPPENING…’. He disappeared into the studio, sprinkled some of his magic dust on ‘Loaded’ and reappeared with a glorious slice of ‘Transformer’-period Lou Reed by way of Beck, louche but with the insouciant bite of an alley-cat. It’s marvellous and not at all the sort of thing you would dare to expect from bloody Dubliners.

Paul McNamee