Hot Juice are a 5 piece rock band, pushing on the spectrum of punk and on certain songs indie. The band which has been growing since forming 2018. Originally consisting of Lead vox/guitar Shay Barker and Harvey Dellar Crone on Drums / backing vox, and adding Tay Browski on Bass, James McMillan on Guitar and Kelly Le Brocq providing a different spectrum of vocals throughout Covid.
New Single ‘Good Times’ was written as the Covid restrictions we’re first off being relaxed as a analysis of what felt to be the new ’night out’
Mark Duggan is a singer-songwriter from Waterford, Ireland. From the age of nine years old he has been writing songs and playing guitar after borrowing his cousin’s guitar and learning some chords off of his father. At twelve he began recording his songs using an old USB headset microphone and has been producing his own music ever since. Over the years he has developed a sound which combines folk and indie with electronic elements, complete with clever lyricism and thoughtful songwriting. He is inspired by the writing of Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchel, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. He is also influenced by a number of artists known for their willingness to play with sound such as Gorillaz and U2. Over the years he has also learned to play mandolin, bass and harmonica along with gaining more experience in recording engineering and production. As well as writing for his own releases he has also co-written the song The Road on Irish artist Dunluvly’s first EP along with performing at gigs with Dunluvly and queer-pop band Babylamb where he has been able to maintain an audience’s absolute attention for quiet songs and have them dancing around and singing along by the end.
In September of 2018 he released his debut single Hey Blue, a song with a catchy melody and riff on top of a bed of guitars and percussion. The lyrics are an optimistic look towards the first night of the weekend where the chance of romance is bubbling away. The song has an infectious character that has kept it consistent in live gig setlists.
In June of 2019 he released an EP titled Long Way Home which was also his final year project in college. The EP consists of twelve songs that join together to create one cohesive twenty minute piece of music. The story follows a protagonist who is making his way home to his partner after being away working for an extended period of time and what occurs on the drive home with a focus on radio. The EP focuses on the theme of longing, bouncing between multiples genres, styles and tones all while maintaining its cohesive nature.
In February of 2020 he released the single As The Sun Hits The Day Down which is a simple acoustic track that takes its influences from the folk traditions of songs utilising multiple verses to tell the story within the song. A guitar riff and the hook of the title closing each verse provide the song with a momentum that carries the track to its final note.
Later that year he began the release of his next EP Just For The Night by releasing the single Promenade Firework Show. The indie-rock tune featured layered guitars, a retro drum machine, and a nostalgic, 80’s rock feel. The song took influence from a memory of summer nights spent by the sea as a teenage applied to the context of a couple who have hit a rocky moment in their relationship. The song uses a lot of pairings in its composition to mirror the pair of the couple. The use of a drum machine and Mark’s new telecaster sound was inspired by Bruce Springsteen’s home demos from 1983 and showed the first glimpse of the sound that would be essential to the EP.
At the start of 2021 the next single off the EP Lullaby (I’ll Be There) was released. The song once again made use of a drum loop with the base of a simple descending chord progression and layers of sound textures. The song is about someone trying to comfort their partner who is struggling to sleep. The narrator promises to be there for their partner even if they cannot necessarily makes things better. Both the emotions of the vocal and the intensity of the instrumental build towards a climatic slide guitar solo which fades away to a glistening sound which represents morning breaking through and a bit of hope prevailing.
The next month the rest of the EP was released with tracks Just For The Night, Not Sure, Truly Beautiful Thing and Desperation Blues added to the singles. Not Sure follows the singles by being built on a drum machine loop and making use of a telecaster sound while the other three songs are acoustic based tracks with the likes of harmonium, mandolin, tambourine and organ used to flesh out the instrumental. The EP as a whole has thematic link between songs focusing on the connections we make in life with each song having a specific moment of this on show. The EP has gone on to be Duggan’s most successful release so far with features in Irish music media from HotPress to 2Xfm and a much further reach in audience than any of his previous releases.
On July 16th, he will release a new single Run Out The Distance which is being paired with the b-side Dried Up Lovesick Blues (Swings And Roundabouts). The new single is a return to the use of a live drum sound which was recorded in February of last year. The song has been rewritten for over a year before being committed to the final recording. The song began with the title and the simple chord progression on an acoustic guitar. The opening lines had initially been part of an alternate version of As The Sun Hits The Day Down while the rest of the lyrics came out of multiple drafts taking up nearly ten pages in Duggan’s notebook full of completely different ideas or single word changes in a line. The song is about a character who has reached a moment of stasis in their life. They are trying to take stock of their position in life with a thought to what has been, what is and what will hopefully be. The narrator is trying to find their space in the world where they can make a good life and despite coming up short so far there is a sense of pushing through until they get there. There is a hope in the song that isn’t willing to give in too soon. The song has a laid back rhythm as the live drums carry along a collection of strumming acoustic guitars and a leaping bass line. The song had originally been intended to only have acoustic guitars but eventually electric guitars were added to give the song some more grit and punch. They also propel the song along and prevent it from becoming too lackadaisical. The harmonica sound that has been prominent in nearly all of Duggan’s career returns to fill instrumental sections of the song. The vocal performance matches the sentiment of the lyrics and the use of double tracking adds an extra reach to the chorus which builds to the emotional climax of the narrator committing to trying to keep moving forward and continue the search.
The b-side Dried Up Lovesick Blues (Swings And Roundabouts) is a simple blues song that builds over the course of three verses from a single electric guitar strumming gently to stomping bass drum and overdriven chords. The lyrics tell of a relationship that has fizzled out but not yet ended and is told with a resignation of the situation that fades away at the end of the song in a similar way to the relationship.
Dunluvly is set to release his second single of 2021 on the 14th of July. The exciting launch will be accompanied by the beginning of a monthly Newsletter and Website, following the successful sell-out of his first merch drop. Dunluvly is delivering us another road-trip anthem to accompany a summer made for staycations and sunset evenings with your closest friends. Here’s what Dunluvly had to say about the track;
“In late 2020 I was left with a lot of nostalgia following months of living with friends. From camping to couch-surfing, we had a perfect tour of Ireland’s West Coast that conglomerated into a moment of reflection on Fanore Beach in Co. Clare. The simplicity of camping stayed with me as I returned to society’s busy influence as I realised things are often a lot more simple than we initially project them to be.”
Using this as our motto for the rest of the year, we’re beyond ready to see festival season led by the summery sound of Dunluvly.
Dublin-based singer/songwriter/producer Dunluvly is set to release a new single, “Hazey”. The track is a three year project that features layered guitars and contemporary bedroom-pop production. The wavy flanger fingerstyle guitar carries you into a trance-like state, that is complemented by a creative use of guitar delay effects. This is the first single Dunluvly has released since his EP ‘Plethora’. The EP caught features on Hot Press Magazine, The AU Review, The Thin Air and the IMRO newsletter in the wake of 2020. Dunluvly says, “I wrote this track about a state of distracted anxiety that I named ‘the haze’ at a young age. Through many years of being a bit of a hippie, I developed a way to map the things that would lead me into this state of mind. This song is the story of that process”. He goes on to say, “This was probably the most delicate recording process I’ve ever encountered. I caught the sound in the original demo, but failed to recreate it for so long. That’s probably why this track took three years to complete.” Dunluvly is a multi-instrumentalist and producer born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. With roots in traditional Irish music and psychedelic indie, his sound is often described as a sonically rich experience.
Hazey is the perfect title for this song, using onomatopoeia, this song is relaxed and has a dreamlike, ethereal, misty feel. -Jo
Hot Juice are a two-piece rock band consisting of Shay Barker (Frontman/Gtr/Bass) & Harvey Dellar Crone (Drum machine). Hot Juice have been branding their sound on UK’s rear end with a year of loud gigs and new tracks. 2019 headliners of the Made In Jersey stage at Weekender festival as well as BBC Music Introducing’s track of the week with their prior single ‘I Don’t Mind’ as well as tracks from the album ‘Debauchery’ and ‘Small Town Blues’.
Psychopath was written after a gig in Dublin Castle Camden, St. Patricks day a couple of years back when the band were having drunken arguments, and we used all of the insults as the lyrics in the song, creating a character.
Psychopath is a song that is very fiery, descriptive, wild and energetic. Hot Juice have been busy songwriting over the lockdown and this shows in their latest tracks – Jo
Dublin based alternative-rock band Wild Tibetan Monks are set to release a heartfelt single, “Lying Next to You.” The nostalgic indie-rock song features semi-sweet vocals and a spacey instrumental arrangement that compliments the story being told. With a refrain that’s reflective and candid, the song builds to a driving bridge, and a somewhat unresolved close.
Sean says, “The song is about not just physically lying next to someone, but lying in not telling them the truth. It’s about feeling trapped, not knowing what to do. It’s about being conflicted, having all these emotions that you want to share with someone but can’t.”
The song explores how difficult expression can be- even with someone who you truly care about. When things are good you think it’ll feel that way forever. Once your favourite toy, eventually you get put back on the shelf (“It really hurts since you put me down”).
The song closes with feelings of regret. Sean says, “The song depicts feeling conflicted about what you should say and what you should share. At the end of the song, there’s regret. The narrator knows they should have been honest, should have said how they felt, should have spilled their heart out.”
The song was written by bass player and vocalist Sean, who then brought it to the band. It was recorded in Hellfire Studios when the band returned from two years in 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. 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 forced the band to move back to Ireland, where they are now focused on recording and releasing their original material.
Lying Next to You is a light-hearted, gentle song with an airy feel. The title uses clever wordplay. Lying Next to You is heartfelt, emotive and expressive – Jo
KÎND is a five piece melodic progressive rock band made up of members from all over Ireland. Lead by songwriter Matthew Redmond, the band is made up of Ryan Mclelland on drums, Jane Patterson on lead vocals, Charlie McCarthy on bass and Eoin Butterfield on guitar and keys. Their latest release, ‘Piercing Light’ was recorded in Sun Studios with local producer, Thomas McGovern aka, founder of Devoy Records. McGovern works to showcase Dublin’s up and coming artists by creating an immersive audible and visual experience that brings the magic of a live show straight to your screen. As an Irish progressive rock band, KÎND strives to create the unique utilising a combination of heavy guitar parts, unusual chord changes and stacked harmonies while still maintaining strong melodies throughout. This live performance marks the band’s second release after their debut single of ‘Fix Of Dopamine’ which was released in March of 2020 and the band has a slew of upcoming releases for the remainder of 2021.
Piercing Light combines well-crafted instrumentation with powerful, harmonised lyrics. Piercing Light begins softly and finishes quite unusually; energetic electric guitars and harsh drumming is followed by gentle piano chords – Jo.
Hybrazil is a rock band with influences from pop, soul and funk based in the city of Galway, Ireland. Born in 2018, the band is formed by Irish vocalist Orla Coughlan and Brazilians Luan Lopes, on drums and Willians Maxwell on guitars.
In their most recent single “Orange Soles” the song portrays the difficult daily life of a person with serious health problems and lets the listener imagine and interpret each scene of this song as if it were a book. All of this accompanied by an instrumental emotional and melodic basis.
Orange Soles combines soulful and emotive vocals with well-crafted electronic instrumentation. Hybrazil Band have a cool music style that is distinctive, rhythmic and quirky- Jo
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.
Get On Your Knees begins with an unexpected voiceover followed by rhythmic electric guitars and wild instrumentation. The lyrics and tone of the song is quite harsh and aggressive. The music video to be released on Thursday is quite graphic and well choreographed. MASK really is a rock band like no other – Jo.
NI Music Prize NomineeSam Wickens is releasing his new single ‘Murky Waters’ on the same date as his ‘Watson’ EP, both due 5th February 2021. This marks the second single release from that forthcoming EP.
The first single ‘Strange.24’ was released on 24th November 2020 to much critical acclaim.
The 5 track ‘Watson EP’ is the second major release since his critically acclaimed debut ‘All I’ve Seen’ album in 2019.
‘Murky Waters’ sees Wickens progress once more as the “songwriting juggernaut” he has already proven himself to be. Combining slick production with raw feeling and that gorgeous vocal, ‘Murky Waters’ showcases Sam’s vocal prowess and his ability to suck the listener into his musical universe.
Compared to Jeff Buckley, John Martyn, Death Cab For Cutie, Tom Waits, Sam is a soulful writer and performer with a restless creativity, conveying a personal blend of Electronic, Soul, Blues, Gospel, Folk and Indie. This young and gifted artist humbly plies his craft with a focused sincerity, and has created a style of his own: consistently delivering on his reputation as a bewitching live performer.
In 2017 Sam worked with David Bowies legendary American record producer Tony Visconti (producer of scores of albums by major artists including: David Bowie, T.Rex, Paul McCartney, Damon Albarn, Moody Blues, Marc Almond, Kaiser Chiefs, etc) as a featured artist on a Sky Arts documentary about Tony’s amazing life and career ‘Tony Visconti’s Unsigned Heroes’.
About his new single:
“Murky Waters is the realisation that I was raised and put through terrible circumstances. Constantly feeling alone through every obstacle that was placed in front of me.Traumatic events seemed to follow me no matter where I ran, I started to believe that I was some sort of gatekeeper, that my purpose was to absorb the terrible things so others didn’t need too.”
Sam will also be playing his first live show since 27th February 2020 with Singular Artists in The Workmans Club in Dublin on the 1st of April, 2021. Tickets are €14 (+ €1 booking fee) and can be purchased here: