What’s Up with Irish Band The Stunning?

Of course you know The Stunning! Everything Rises was a smash hit in the 90s. Every kid who grew up in that period must have owned Once Around the World. This Dublin-centric band catapulted the Irish rock scene to the world, originally dominated by the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Dishwalla, Toad the Wet Sprocket and Soundgarden. I do love these bands and everything about the 90s! I mean wouldn’t you? It was a decade of The X Files, MTV and so much more.

The Stunning are touring the US soils this November along with fellow Irish rocker James Vincent McMorrow. Read the press release below:

THE  STUNNING

 
The legendary Irish band’s long-awaited return to US this November – 
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5th ~ CONNOLLY’S, KLUB 45, TIMES SQ, NYC
 
1990 was a pivotal year in Ireland. The national football team had done the country proud in the World Cup in Italy and Ireland had her first lady president. There was also a new soundtrack to that summer, the debut album by a young band from the west of Ireland. Coming out of Galway city, The Stunning took Ireland by storm, and shifted the focus from a Dublin-centric rock scene to the provinces, paving the way for many more artists to come.  They released a string of hit singles and 2 number one albums and toured relentlessly, building up a following that would make them one of the most successful Irish bands ever. Their debut album ‘Paradise In The Picturehouse’ spent five weeks at number one in 1990 and became one of the best-selling Irish albums of all time. Two years later, the follow up ‘Once Around The World’ also hit the number one spot, and the band went on to sell over 100,000 albums in Ireland alone.  They toured the US and the UK with the likes of Bob Dylan and the B52’s.
“Brewing Up A Storm” has become an anthem of sorts – a rallying call at football internationals and a guaranteed floor-filler in pubs and clubs around the country.   Breaking up and making up – Despite two number one albums, winning major music awards and a huge fanbase, the band split in 1994. They eventually reformed in 2003 for the re-release of their debut album ”Paradise in the Picturehouse’’ and the subsequent run of dates turned out to be one of the highest grossing tours in Ireland that year. In 2012 around 30,000 people turned out to see them play a concert in their old hometown of Galway city.
 
Things have changed dramatically since their early days of constant touring – now the band have their fingers in several pies and the challenge is to find the time to gig – lead singer Steve Wall is also an actor, appearing in shows such as Vikings (MGM/History), Sile nt Witness (BBC), Crossing Lines (Netflix) and Moone Boy (SKY/Hulu); Joe Wall teaches in BIMM – Dublin’s  ‘school of rock’; Jim Higgins is a much-in-demand bodhrán player, touring with folk-legend Christy Moore; Derek Murray works as a sound engineer with Tommy Tiernan, one of Irelands finest comedians,  and Cormac Dunne plays with practically everybody west of the Shannon. 
Tickets available on their web site or at the door night of show – BUT it may sell out!
Website: Photos, info, etc: thestunning.net/media
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JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW
@ Webster Hall November 7th
 
 Dubliner James Vincent McMorrow has just released his new LP – ‘We Move’ – out September 2nd via Caroline Records. The follow-up to 2013’s acclaimed ‘Post Tropical’ marks a breathtaking and radical sonic shift for the Irish artist, in what is his most expansive, generous, and ambitious work to date. The 10-song collection features production from Nineteen85 (Drake, dvsn), Two Inch Punch (Sam Smith, Years & Years), and Frank Dukes (Kanye West, Rihanna), as well as mixing from the legendary Jimmy Douglass (Donny Hathaway, Timbaland). 
Unlike his previous releases, ‘We Move’ was written in constant transition. McMorrow decamped to Los Angeles in late-2014 for six particularly fish-out-of-water months, where the new songs began to crystallize. He then recorded between Toronto, his home city of Dublin, and London over the course of roughly the next year. The album’s backbone was formed in each of these places by a few key producers that McMorrow met during his travels, who were able to finesse the record’s warm, vintage yet forward-thinking feel.  The result is an album about movement – geographically, mentally, and emotionally. Far from the dense, protective imagery at the heart of ‘Post Tropical’, ‘We Move’ is McMorrow’s most honest statement yet, touching on anxiety and social unease.
 
This Fall McMorrow will head out on a full band headline North American tour, playing his biggest venues to date. Full itinerary below. Tickets will go on-sale July 8th, but fans can get exclusive early access to his ticket pre-sale by pre-ordering ‘We Move’ from the official US store: shop.jamesvmcmorrow.com
HE IS IN NYC on 11/7 @ Webster Hall go to his website for tickets before it sells out! http://jamesvmcmorrow.com/
My big thanks to Anita Daly of Daly Communications!
 

Official video for the single Rising Water by James Vincent McMorrow

Finally! The official music video of James Vincent McMorrow. I love his two albums. I know the latest and third wont disappoint!

Pre-order the forthcoming album ‘We Move’: https://jamesvmcmorrow.lnk.to/wemoveYo

Official Audio for ‘Get Low’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R594f…

Tour Dates https://jamesvmcmorrow.lnk.to/tourdat…

Starring Annel Ramírez Chavarin, Ruben Valencia Rivera, Miroslava Wilson, Oscar Prado Lopez, Perla Sarahi Torres Ortiz, Andres Garcia, Monserrat Baltazar and David Mariano.

Director: David M. Helman
Production Co.: Freenjoy (http://www.freenjoy.com)
Executive Producer: Nathan Scherrer
Producers: Jeff Kopchia, Mariana Rodriguez Cabarga & Gabriel Stavehagen
Director of Photography: Trevor Wineman
Choreographer: Celia Rowlson-Hall
Production Designer: Ricardo Silva
Editor: Nick Rondeau @ Arcade Edit
Wardrobe: Daniela Maung

Production Coordinator: Paulina Gutierrez
1st AD: Bernardo Jasso
2nd AD: Vicente Rojas

Gaffer: Oscar Inzunza
1st AC: Alicia Pharris
2nd AC: Bret Watkins
Film Loader: Kevin Clark

Sound Mix: Ben Freer @ Eleven Sound
Colorist: Greg Reese @ The Mill
Post Production Producer: Adam Parker @ Arcade Edit

Special Thanks: Camtec, Arcade Edit, The Mill, Eleven Sound and Fotokem.

Shot in Popotla, Mexico.

Website: http://jamesvmcmorrow.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jamesvincentm…
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jamesvmcmorrow
Instagram: http://instagram.com/jamesvmcmorrow
Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/user/jamesvin…
Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/jvmcmorrow

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James Vincent McMorrow is back with the new single Rising Water!

The Irishman with an exquisite and smooth silky voice is back! The new single is Rising Water released in early July this year. James Vincent McMorrow broke into the indie pop/folk scene with Post Tropical and Early in the Morning. His live performances duplicate the meticulous perfection of his studio recordings. And yes that remarkable voice has attracted 100 million Spotify streams!  Rising Water is taken from the new album We Move. Expect the album to sell like hotcakes. Check out the lyric video of Rising Water above.

Read further about the new release:

NEW SINGLE “RISING WATER” AVAILABLE NOW

James Vincent McMorrow, an Irish singer/songwriter from Dublin, has just released his new single Rising Water. The single is the opening track of his upcoming album We Move, which is set to be released on September 2nd via Caroline Records. On July 4th, Rising Water was premiered by Annie Mac on her program ‘Mac’s Hottest Record in the World’ on BBC Radio, listen at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p040fl09.   After its UK debut, the single was released here in the U.S., which McMorrow called home for a few months while he recorded his new album.

In early 2015 McMorrow decamped to Los Angeles for four surreal months, wanting to experience something totally alien to any way he’d ever worked before. McMorrow explains “Making this album was about changing so many things. Physically changing where I was, mentally changing how I think about life, about myself, how I think about making music. Every time I’ve made a record in the past, I’ve walked to the edge of where I’ve wanted to be, I’ve gotten scared, and I’ve walked back to a safe distance.”

Rising Water is the perfect example of what the rest of the album holds. The single, along with the rest of the record, features production from Nineteen85 (Drake, dvsn), Two Inch Punch (Sam Smith, Years & Years), and Frank Dukes (Kanye West, Rihanna), as well as mixing from the legendary Jimmy Douglass (Donny Hathaway, Timbaland).

McMorrow’s 2010 debut ‘Early in the Morning’ achieved platinum-status and reached #1 in his home country of Ireland. His “Breath-taking” (VICE) second album ‘Post Tropical’ was nominated for the Choice Music Prize, and led to sell outs at the biggest venues of McMorrow’s career including two nights at Sydney Opera House, and London’s Barbican & Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Earlier this year, McMorrow surpassed 100 million Spotify streams, recorded a cover of “Wicked Games” for a trailer of season six of Game of Thrones, and was featured on “I’m In Love” off Kygo’s debut LP ‘Cloud Nine.’ 

Purchase ‘Rising Water’:

iTunes: https://smarturl.it/RisingWater

Amazon MP3: https://amzn.com/RisingWater

Wow The Joys Of Modern Life by The Dennis McCalmont Band!

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The Joys of Modern Life by The Dennis McCalmont Band has a dreamy and positive vibe. This is shown in the opening track Best Days of My Life which foretells the atmosphere of the whole record-energetic, smooth and timeless.

The introduction of funky guitars, groovy bass and smooth percussion call  to mind Jazz and R&B influences. His slick voice is the pillar of this release. I like singers who have big voices and great range. He embodies the likes of great 70s singers-combining the styles of Smokey Robinson and Phil Lynott.

The Joys of Modern Life boasts 12 songs that articulate the maturity of the singer-songwriter and his band. There is nuance in every song and there is also great passion. Each song feel like a holiday with their breezy melodies and apt instrumental arrangements.

This recording is a follow-up to his successful #SoulRecall  which I also featured in this blog. What can I say? It is always a pleasure to write about an artist who is fond of making amazinf albums. The Joys of Modern Life is filled with eloquent essays about how we live our lives written in song form. And I know listeners can identify their sentiments to each song and hopefully pick one of more stand out tracks as their favorites. I know I have mine.

Here’s an interesting blurb about the album:

One of The Joys of Modern Life is having the Musical Technology available to allow Four Musicians to go into a Room for Three Days and Record An Album… Now that’s just Brilliant! 
However the content of The Dennis McCalmont Band’s latest offering takes a more ‘tongue in cheek’ look at The Joys Of Modern Life. 
The Album kicks off with ‘Best Days Of My Life’ in a rush to get ready for the Day ahead! 
We’re living in a very uncertain World right now and McCalmont’s Lyrics seem to be right on Point, he addresses this from a Personal perspective on ‘Pure’ he laments ‘Once I Was Uncertain, but now I’m not so sure..’ and from the bigger picture ‘Your Life could change in a moment’ on ‘Nature Of Life’, and no one could argue that the Global Landscape has certainly changed recently, leaving us all a bit more insecure about our future. 

McCalmont and his Band of Soul Mates, Donal Hoban (Drums) Craig Donaldson (Bass) Michael Buckton Lead Guitar, John Flatley (Piano) and Tony Bambrick (Guitar), Rock and Groove their way through some tougher subject matter too, including reflections on Domestic Abuse ‘Leave’, Alcoholism and Addiction ‘Wasted’ where other Songwriters might fear to tread. 
But there is Hope… 
The Closing tracks ‘Time For Truth’ address Modern War and Conflict ‘When the World goes Crazy, You gotta trust Yourself ‘ is a hopeful lyrical Anthem with a clear message to continue to chart Your life course regardless of the difficulties around you. 

Yes Modern Life, with all it’s Technological Highlights can still be a very Dark Place for Real Lives to Survive, but they do…

So is this release different than #SoulRecall? Yes and No. I think his every release speaks about the time of their creation. I think it is different in a sense that the topics/themes are different from the last album. The style is distinctive. It is purely McCalmont with his love for good melodies and unique chord patterns. Though I must say  this one feels more pop and upbeat while the last one has an acoustic/jazzy feel-mostly.

So how do we assist this musically? I think McCalmont is already a better musician before he ventured into recording. Which I think a lot of indie artists out there can learn from. Creativity is not enough these days. You need the gift of eloquence that your listener can relate to, and can listen to time and time again. Here’s the track listing for The Joys of Modern Life:

1.Best Days Of My Life 03:27

2.Suffocate 02:57

3.Pure 04:26

4.Nature Of Life 03:47

5.Leave 03:25

6.If You See My Girl 02:47

7.Something She Said 02:56

8.Wasted 03:51

9.Fall 03:48

10. Time For Truth 03:39

11.When The World Goes Crazy 04:03

 

All songs from this release are generally lively. All eleven tracks crafted artfully. When The World Goes Crazy closes the album. And I think it is a timely song for these turbulent times. It says that you need to trust yourself. Trust your instinct..trust your humanity and the vallues that you’ve been taught as a child. Because I think in the end when everything crumbles, there will always be that light inside us that will never die-the light of love given to us by those who nurtured us to become who we are now. And that is our thread  out of every labyrinth. Thanks to The Joys of Modern Life for making me think that way.

Depressed? Listen to the Voice of Lauren Ní Chasaide

I first heard of her amazing voice through the social media posts of another Irish singer-songwriter Aisling Jarvis (who is by the way the daughter of Moya Brennan for those who are unaware). Ní Bheidh Tú Riamh Leat Féin is her first public track posted via Sound Cloud. It is in Irish Gaelic which is really addicting to listen to.

I think this is an indication that an album or EP is on the way. I love the studio quality of the song. It has that clarity and lightness that is not commonly found on new recordings by young artists. 12108942_1472089193097944_8904662878831024284_n

In this track, she uses her voice as an instrument on top of her main vocal. I notice a quiver, an ache and a vulnerability which are traits that make her remarkable. We live in a generation where there are amazing young Irish singer-songwriters continuing the tradition of Sinead O’Connor, The Cranberries, Luka Bloom and other fantastic artists that put Ireland into the global music map. How lucky we are!

She also performs pop/indie covers in her youtube channel. I think she is an exciting new Irish talent to watch out for. Only time will tell what genre she will be embracing as she evolves and establishes her fanbase, but it is always exciting to witness an artist gradually blooming like a rosebud to charm our senses! So if you are depressed, this tune will make you happy.