Friday, 25 March 2016

5 Irish Bands You Need To Hear

The Irish music scene is absolutely killing it right now. The rise of Hozier over the last couple of years may have had an influence on our now vibrant music circuit - but there are plenty of great bands who've been around long before the Wicklow singer/songwriter released his first album. In the last twelve to eighteen months there have been so many awesome new bands emerging and it'd be a shame to not give them the recognition they truly deserve, so here's five you need to check out.

HUDSON TAYLOR - @HudsonTaylor
Comprising of brothers Harry and Alfie, Hudson Taylor are an indie-folk-rock duo from Dublin. I fell in love with their music when they released their first EP, Battles, back in 2012. Since then, they've gone on to release their debut album, the wonderful Singing For Strangers. If you're a fan of chilled-out, sunshine-y acoustic tunes, then check these guys out.

Listen: Weapons, Chasing Rubies, Trouble Town

DELORENTOS - @delorentos

Delorentos rose around the same time as many of the big-name Irish bands of today - The Coronas, Kodaline, The Riptide Movement, etc., but never seemed to get the same mainstream recognition as their peers. They're without a doubt, one of Ireland's finest indie bands, and their back-catalogue is well worth a few spins.

Listen: Everybody Else Gets Wet, Petardu, Bullet in a Gun

WYVERN LINGO - @WyvernLingo

I'm a massive fan of this Bray alt-pop trio - Wyvern Lingo recently released their first EP, Letter to Willow, and I've listened to it on loop on several occasions. They're definitely one of the most interesting bands on the scene right now, their sound comprising of abundant elegant harmonies and awesome indie-pop grooves.

Listen: the four-track Letter to Willow EP

LITTLE GREEN CARS - @Littlegreencars

I fell in love with Little Green Cars upon first listen of Harper Lee three years ago. There's a lot of buzz about the indie-rock quintet as of late, especially since the release of their second album, Ephemera, earlier this month. Expect to hear plenty more of these guys in future!

Listen: Harper Lee, The Song They Play Every Night, Easier Day

SAINT SISTER - @Saint_Sister_

If you like beautiful, ethereal folk songs, you're going to love these two.. Formed in 2014, Saint Sister comprises of Gemma Doherty and Morgan McIntyre, two incredibly talented girls with gorgeous voices. Their debut EP, Madrid, takes up a hefty chunk of my chill out playlists on Spotify, and is well worth a listen.

Listen: Blood Moon, Versions of Hate

If you're interested in more Irish music, check out my Irish Indie playlist on Spotify - it features all of these bands, and many, many more.
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