MASK- Get On Your Knees🎸

Release date 8th February 2021
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Belfast Blues Rockers MASK are kicking the doors in and raising the decibels with their new
single ‘Get On Your Knees’. Made up of ingredients of Martin Luther King, blistering drums, and
throttling fuzz guitars – this ferocious track is bound to be a contender for rock-stomper of the year.


Having suffered a loss in Belfast late last year, MASK leader H Humphrey decided to escape
civilisation and left for Peru. Feeling enlightened on his return, he approached producer Michael
Mormecha and asked if he could come in and make a new MASK record. Though his new
studio, Tree Song Studios, wasn’t finished and was little more than a building site, having learned
of H’s loss, he agreed and they set to work! ‘Get On Your Knees’, has an utterly unique feel as a
result, literally hanging microphones across wooden planks and makeshift ceilings, capturing a
sense of unequivocal power and rawness!

Leaning heavily on their blues-retro-rock tendencies, the new single is instantly comparable to the early sound of The Black Keys and The White Stripes to the more millennial-glam-rock feel of
stadium-act MUSE.


According to MASK, ‘Get On Your Knees’ is about awakening the beast that lies in all of us and
embracing our inner Viking!”


The rock duo are led by H Humphrey (guitar/vocals -from Belfast) along with lifelong
friend, Craig Coppock (guitar/vocals from Liverpool), combining to make up a band who are the
antithesis of your typical rock stars – they describe themselves as unapologetically un-cool BUT
always manage to release exciting music that breaks the mould of the everyday indie band.


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Nathan Mac and Emily Hazel – Domestic Wars🎤

Release date 31st December 2020
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‘Domestic Wars’ is yet another explosion of colour and sound from the team of artist Nathan Mac and producer Brian Dwyer. This time however, it comes with a vocal twist, by the name of Emily Hazel… aka: Nathan’s little sister.

This brother and sister combination blend intricate harmonies and punchy vocal delivery for a song with too much energy for one artist to handle. Accompanied by strings, brass, synths, and enough rhythm to knock your socks off, Nathan Mac and Emily Haze are ending 2020 with a bang!

Strange and violent metaphors bounce back between the two singers, caught in a fight that neither of them want to be in. Domestic Wars hits hard with lyrics from every argument you’ve ever been through. “I refuse to clean up after you” becomes an angry anthem for everyone who’s had enough of someone’s s**t!

One year and 4 singles in, the ‘Start of Something Blue’ is starting to find its shape and style. With a new single to be released every two months throughout 2021, Nathan has a lot to contend with as an independent artist… but this debut album has already begun to launch the name Nathan Mac into the hearts and minds of people around the world.

Bio

Nathan Mac is a songwriter of consolation, content to be slightly forlorn… With a colourful history of circus performance and stagecraft, Nathan has taken his flair for the spectacular and built a whole new world of ‘Cinematic Pop’!

Releasing his fourth single in the last moments of 2020, he’s breaking out of this strange year and into 2021 with an ambitious goal… to finish his ‘Start of Something Blue’ album… and celebrate with a very unique surprise. After claiming accolades throughout 2020, his next year is lining up to be bigger than ever. We can only imagine that 2021 will be the year of Nathan Mac.

Emily Hazel is a young voice of Dublin! With her eyes set on pursuits in ‘child psychology’ she has dipped her toe into the ocean of performance to help her brother out when he needed it… and who knows, maybe she will be swept away by the tides.

From an early age the maturity of her voice had sunk in, performing with her brother during his time at BIMM and holding her own against vocalists twice her age. Now, as she breaks out in her first single, she doesn’t fail to do the same.

The siblings, both living together in Dublin, are always singing together. Nathan has written multiple songs for them, and they could release another hit at any time… you’ll just have to watch and wait on social media.

When asked about working with his sister, Nathan had this to say:

“I love my sister to bits. She’s one of the most talented singers I know, and I knew instantly that I wouldn’t have enough ‘attitude’ to pull this song off alone. Now it’s become a fan favourite, and I’m 100% sure that she’s the reason”


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Dunluvly- Something On My Mind🎸

For Release 30th October, 2020
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Dublin-based singer/songwriter/producer is set to release a new single, “Something On My Mind.” The song features layered guitars and contemporary bedroom-pop production. A low-fi beat compliments a catchy hook and creative sonic qualities. The song is the second release off of Dunluvly’s upcoming EP, “Plethora.”

Dunluvly says, “I wrote the track when I was in the decision making process of trying to move out. I was going a bit mad living at home with my family, and feeling mounting frustration at the impossibility of moving out in the county that I grew up in. The song expresses the agitation of wanting to fly the nest but feeling chained. It felt impossible to work to afford a place to live and also have the time to pursue creative endeavours.” 

He goes on to say, “The main hook of the track is a looped melody that repeats quite a bit in the song. It mimics being caught in a mental loop and being haunted by the same recurring thoughts.” 

The song was written, recorded, and produced by Dunluvly in his home studio, and he also plays all the instruments on the track. He says, “You hear of songs coming to musicians out of the blue. This is the first time I’ve had a song just appear.”

Dunluvly’s sound is rooted in psychedelic indie and traditional Irish music. His finger-style guitar and exploration of unorthodox sounds allow him to create a sonically rich experience, while showcasing strong songwriting throughout his work. His emotive vocals and skilful performance on a multitude of instruments create unique textures in his music. 

Dunluvly started playing violin, piano, and guitar at a young age. In his teens, he started using production software and songwriting, and he studied music tech at Maynooth University. He released his Debut EP in 2018, and became active in the pub circuit. In 2019 Dunluvly became a three piece band. They played a headline show, released three singles, and gigged around Dublin until lockdown. He is currently gearing up for the release of his second EP, “Plethora.”


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Wild Tibetan Monks- Cartoons🎸

Release date October 30th, 2020. Dublin, Ireland
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Three-piece Dublin-based indie-rock band Wild Tibetan Monks are set to release a reflective, guitar driven single, “Cartoons.” The song juxtaposes spacious, ambient verses with a full, defiant chorus’. The song creates a feeling of nostalgia, through wailing guitars and playing with tension and release. 

Frontman Sean says, “The song is about going through life doing all the things you feel you should have done, things people or society tell us to do. Then you get there, and you wonder if it’s what you really want, if it’s really what’s gonna make you happy. We also explore the pressures of modern life, the tension that builds and then becoming unstuck.” 

He goes on to say, “We wanted to create a feeling, not just through the lyrics, of longing to go back to a simpler time, of sitting with someone and watching cartoons.” 

The song was recorded in Rada Studios when the band was living in Perth, Australia.

Wild Tibetan Monks are Sean (bass, vocals), Ringo (guitar), and Liam (drums). They met and banded in college in 2011 and performed together for several years, playing covers as well as original material. In 2018 the band traded Dublin for Perth, Australia for a two-year journey of music and exploration. The band toured around Western Australia, and had a varied lineup over the years, including different singers and a horn section. They also began recording their original music. The global pandemic caused them to cancel the single launch for their debut release “Liam,” and forced the band to move back to Ireland. They are now focused on recording and releasing their original material.


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0Stella- Fire💿

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0Stella [oh-Stella] is the project of Edmonton-based, Irish-Canadian artist Liz
Pomeroy. Reminiscent of Garbage, The Beaches and The Waterboys, ‘Fire’ is an
anthemic declaration of imperfection. Callistan has taken 0Stella’s alt-rock Irish
fusion and reimagined it as an infectious feel-good dance track.

Callistan is an Irish multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer. Previously of bands
Janey Mac, Fierce Mild and most recently ELM who showcased at Canadian Music
Week. The two Dubliners met in 2005 when 0Stella joined House Of Cosy Cushions,
Callistan’s first signing to his record label, SeaDog Records. This will be Callistan’s
first solo release under his new moniker.

On the artists’ long-standing friendship: “I managed to catch up with Callistan last
year when I was on tour in Ireland. I had just released the ‘LYLK’ EP and ‘Fire’ was
the stand-out track for him. We discovered a lot of similarities to our stories spanning
the decade since we’d last seen each other. This EP deals with some heavy
subjects, so it was really fun to reimagine this track with a lighter vibe.”

“I’ve always loved Callistan’s energy and outlook on the world. We’ve both struggled
with identity – he as a trans man and me as an Irish immigrant and dealing with
steroetypes of drinking that come along with that. I had difficulty detaching myself
from it. While ‘Fire’ touches on the darker side of substance abuse, Callistan’s
treatment gives that brazen song a sense of self-forgiveness that transforms it into a dance anthem.”

IN THEIR OWN WORDS
0Stella
“As an Irish immigrant in Canada, I’ve often struggled to find my own identity. We can all feel
pressured to live up to a stereotype. ‘Fire’ is a brazen declaration of your own imperfections.
When Callistan and I reconnected and discovered so many similarities in our stories, it felt right to
reimagine ‘Fire’ in a lighter, more upbeat way. It takes courage to find out who you really are. The
process can be messy and ugly, so you might as well lighten up and have a dance”

Callistan
“I love the origins of the song; a “declaration of imperfection”. Everyone has their own struggle with
that. As a Trans man, I’ve struggled silently for most of my life with that.
I try to remind myself constantly that imperfection is something that can be prized. It can be what
gives us empathy or keeps us human. In that sense, I feel that the reimagining of the song celebrates the imperfection we all feel and brings us a bit closer in doing so”


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Elise-Cowboy🎸

Release date 16th October, Ireland
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Recorded right before the lockdown, Cowboy is the first track of 2020 from Independent artist Elise.

Cowboy is a dreamy folk/pop track that emits a sense of nostalgia. It’s a song that journeys through childhood memories. Memories of running around the garden with cowboy hats, cap guns and being with the people who cared for you the most. The song touches off the feeling of regret and guilt from growing up and not being around those who were there for you in the past. Cowboy ultimately is about how time is the biggest healer, and helps reconnect you to your roots. 

Cowboy was recorded in Sun Studios, Temple bar at the end of February this year and was mastered by grammy award winner Joe LaPorta known for mastering artists such as Solange, Shawn Mendes and David Bowie. The track will be released October 16 on all music platforms. 

Elise is a singer-songwriter from Kilkenny. In October 2019, Elise released her Debut EP These Thoughts. As part of launching the EP, with her band, Elise played three successful nights in the Set Theatre Kilkenny, Bello Bar Dublin and Crane Lane Cork having cork band Jordan Run support and Dublin’s ELKAE.Elise has received attention from radio stations including KCLR and Dublin City FM. She is featured in many Irish playlists such as Golden Plec’s – Under The Influence, Mnásome – Antidote and Vamp & Fade’s – Irish Indie.

Elise began 2020 on a high note as a headline act upstairs at Whelan’s Ones To Watch. Elise has been recently featured in the new We’ve Only Just Begun Directory alongside hundreds of Irelands female and non-binary musicians. 

After her cancelled, May 2020, UK and Irish tour, with singer-songwriter Gary O’Neill, Elise focused on the release of her next single Cowboy. 


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Strings & Things- Fuaim Gathering🪕

Release date 9th October 2020, Ireland
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Irish neo-trad four-piece Strings & Things are set to release their new single, “Fuaim Gathering.” This song is the second single of their upcoming album, The Unsolicited Dance.

The single, as well as the band’s upcoming album, was written and recorded while the band was on a nine-month residency as a house band at Raglan Road, an Irish entertainment bar in Disney World Orlando, Florida. It was recorded by bass player Eoin Salmon and mastered by Aidan Cunningham. 

Banjo player Sean says, “The tunes were inspired by a music festival being organized by some friends of ours that were set to take place in Summer 2017. It was called Fuaim Gathering, and they spent months leading up to it preparing and building. On the morning of the festival, it was cancelled by authorities who cited the “Unsolicited Dance Act,” a bullshit law that regulates outdoor gatherings. To commemorate the festival that never was, I wrote these tunes.”

Based in Tipperary, Strings & Things meld genres of rock, folk, pop, and trad to create their unique sound. For the last three years, they have been entertaining audiences around Ireland, the UK, and the US with energetic live performances, a huge repertoire of traditional music, and thoughtful, innovative original music. The band consists of James O’Meara Ryan (guitar & vocals), Eoin Shelly (percussion & vocals), Sean Mongey (banjo, mandolin, whistle & backing vocals), and Eoin Salmon (bass). 


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