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A quick Q&A session with Dublin based band New Amusement Who or what has been the biggest influence on New Amusement's sound? Well when we started Brian and I were obsessed with At the Drive-in so there was a lot of shouting & noisy amelodic guitars but it was a bit ridiculous to be honest. I think that taught us not to let any one band have such a big influence on us & just let 'the sound' come naturally. Even though we still love those heavier bands (like ATDI, Les Savy Fav, Drive Like Jehu, Fugazi) we also love more melodic poppy stuff like The Killers, The Cardigans, and New Order - so it all comes together in a big messy melting pot I suppose. What has been your favourite venue to play in? The Spirit Store in Dundalk is a nice place - nice location, good atmosphere, a shack out the back to drink cans in. We played there with Fight Like Apes earlier in the year & when we arrived there was a cat sitting at the bar drinking a saucer of mi... [Read on]
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Jaff of the Futureheads
The Futureheads bass player on life post-major label... Sig Doherty recently caught up with Jaff, the bass wielding heartbeat of English post punkster’s the Futureheads midway through their British tour. He had popped back home between sell out shows in Glasgow and Birmingham to catch up with his fiancé and dog, and lucky I catch him, as he has just finished washing up, and is about to hit the town for some Christmas shopping. Rock and roll ladies and gentlemen. A reality check being home? For sure, touring around Britain as opposed to the States, Asia or Australia, when you get the chance to pop home you grab, keeps you grounded, and domesticated! Hearty congrats on your 3rd long play ‘This is not the world’, a rip roaring album it must be said. Well thanks very much, we’re all very proud of it. It was released independently... Yeah, the major dropped us last year when the 2nd album, ‘News and Tributes’ didn&rsqu... [Read on]
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Tony Christie 'Made in Sheffield'
A review of Tony Christie's album 'Made in Sheffield' Review Snapshot: Medallion man steps out of comfort zone, and covers the Arctic Monkeys. "Made in Sheffield " is uneasy listening but it should be heard. The Cluas Verdict? 8 out of 10 Full Review: Early noughties there was a vogue for people recycling American songs from the 40s.  Rod Stewart, Boz Scaggs and Bryan Ferry all dipped their toes in the American songbook pool with wildly varying results. More recently there's been a move towards a kind of musical last will and testament – artistes in their twilight years striving to leave some sort of credible musical legacy. Johnny Cash's last work with Rick Rubin was a very extreme case in point – his vocals on Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt" were to all intents and purposes a musical death rattle, you could hear the air fall from his lungs and his heartbeat receding as he shivered through to the last chords. Latter... [Read on]
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Manic Street Preachers (live in Hong Kong) Review Snapshot: Great show, but why didn't the avowed socialists come play Red China? The Cluas Verdict? 9 out of 10 Full Review: Opening with Motorcycle Emptiness, the Manics made the best of a bad turnout in Hong Kong to deliver a stash of their hits and a cover of Nirvana’s Penny Royal Tea. The new and the old, Autumn Song and Faster came early on, followed by that solid cover of Rihanna’s Umbrella, which has become a staple of their live set on this tour. It’s strange that the supposedly socialist Manic Street Preachers came to Hong Kong, the most capitalistic piece of land in Asia, rather than north to Beijing? The Chinese capital’s gritty soul and priceless layers of bittersweet history and colourful characters reads like a Manics songbook. Maybe it's because they're scared of bumping into their old collaborator Kylie Minogue - she got a mention during the Hong Kong set - has been i... [Read on]
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Roisin Murphy (live in The Olympia Theatre, Dublin) Review Snapshot:  Róisín Murphy is, without doubt, Ireland’s greatest female performer and seeing her live results in a full on assault on your eyes and ears. That Murphy pulls it off whilst barely stopping for a breath is a testament to how much effort is put into staging such a spectacular show. The Cluas Verdict? 9.5 out of 10 Full Review: Quirky is one of those words that can be used as a compliment as often as it can be used to insult somebody. It’s certainly a word that could be used to describe British electronic artist Bishi, last night’s support act. Arriving on stage dressed as a cross between Princess Leia and Cleopatra and armed only with an i-Pod and a sitar, Bishi certainly knew how to make an entrance. Thankfully there was substance to go with the, ahem, style and her fusion of tango, folk, pop and electronica served to warm up an audience that was getting lar... [Read on]
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