• 06.28.08

    Crimson play AMP Metro Gig

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    It's not often that a band will surprise me. Its a rarity when I don't truly enjoy myself at a gig, the energy of live music is always enough to turn anyone's bad mood around. Last Friday however, when midlands-based band Crimson played an A.M.P. sponsored gig in Bar Metro, I was actually stunned. Firstly, by the fact that I had never heard or even heard of this band before, and secondly, by the comfort of the lead singer behind the mic. Fronting a band is hard enough as it is (believe me, I know...), but it ...
  • 06.28.08

    Critic Eyes play AMP Metro Gig

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    Their name is Critic Eyes, a rock band based in Athlone with not only bags of talents, but 2 (count them, two!) guitar-playing female front-people (as opposed to front-men). Their young, they're writing their own material, they're playing out, they're female, it doesn't get much more unique. Normally a four-piece (with a drummer and a bassist), last Friday saw them playing an acoustic set in Bar Metro, part of an A.M.P. sponsored rock night. If you haven't heard them live yet, remedy that quickly. It won't be long before seeing them in a local venue in Athlone will be ...
  • 06.12.08

    Coming Up

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    This past weekend was busy, with yours truly jetting to two gigs on Friday at both the PassionFruit Theatre, and The Shack to shoot some quite talented out-of-town musicians who were traveling through Athlone. It was the first time I didn't have enough money to buy all the CDs that were on offer (about 7 if memory recalls). In addition, I just received word from Hickory Wind that they are booked into the PassionFruit this friday, so while you're waiting for last weekends photos to be released, gear up for an entertaining group of lads this Friday, you won't want ...
  • 05.05.08

    School of Rock – 2008 – III

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    Here we go again with another bath from the Athlone School of Contemporary Music's live gig School of Rock in the Palace, Athlone. The 3rd set were impressively dynamic thanks to a late night slot for the band playing (which meant the audience was now 3 of 4 pints down) and a very photogenic lead singer. Sneak Peek Continue Reading...
  • 05.04.08

    School of Rock – 2008 – II

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    Coming back with a second set of shots from the aforementioned gig the School of Rock Live in the Palace. This particular set was more challenging since most of the musicians on stage were much further back, making it even more impossible to get a decent shot of them. However, the band in the Loft during this set were the most energetic bunch of musicians I'd seen in quite a while, with fantastic hair to boot. Sneak Peek Continue Reading...
  • 05.03.08

    School of Rock – 2008

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    The Athlone School of Contemporary Music hosts a 2-floor, 3-hour live featuring local rock bands from around the midlands about once every 6 months, and this year's show delivered all that could be expected and then some. This year's line-up featured not only a new batch of singer-songwriters forging out from their cover-bands comfort-zone and performing their own material, but also included a new promising young band, Critic Eyes, fronted by two female guitarists, a rarity in the current music scene. For anyone who has ever shot a rock concert before, you know that you'll burn through exposures at ...
  • 04.18.08

    Skinsize Kings play Passionfruit Theatre

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    Athlone-based band Skinsize Kings have actually been around for quite some time, making appearances at large concerts link Oxygen, as well as still playing the smaller venues around the midlands for they're core fan-base. Creating a different sound blending classic rock instrumentation with a bit of edgy vocal styling (with even a small rap twist), they have made a name for themselves as being original and unique. They also have the distinction of being the first rock band to play in the acoustic-based black-box venue of Passionfruit Theatre. Recently I got a chance to drop in on their sound ...
  • 04.18.08

    Geoff Quinlan in Passionfruit Theatre

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    Diversity is a wonderful thing, particularly diversity in music, and not only just in songwriting style or genre of music, but in performance style as well. This past year's Songwriter showcase was full of diversity, from young trad musicians who write their own reels, to female-fronted rock bands, to a guitarist who has been floating around the midlands with a completely original flare for music. He's an acoustic fret-tapper, and he's brilliant. Geoff Quinlan has quickly been making a name for himself in the midlands music scene for his unique playing, and his unparalleled skill... and to top it ...
  • 01.31.08

    Spiderbaby play Scribes

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    Take a popular pub venue located near the university, fill-it with enthusiastic albeit slightly inebriated students taking a break from exam preparation, and place a popular young band hosting a few of the best new musicians in town playing the latest head-banging delights from the radio, and you have a combination for a bit of a wild night. Scribes is the venue located on the Athlone Insitute of Technology campus and is a sure-shot for getting an appreciative and slightly over-enthusiastic audience to any band who will drive to the edge of town to play. However, Spiderbaby is not just ...
  • 01.26.08

    Sofa King Cool in Bar Metro

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    This is actually more of a throw-away gig, since I was actually not in attendance as an official shooter, but simply a patron sitting in the corner, sipping my soda. However, the gig is unique for two reasons. Firstly, it's one of the few times a woman joined the Kings on stage, in the form of Michelle Gibbons, rock-singer extraordinarie, as well as the always entertaining Paul Allen. Secondly, since this is the last documented evidence of Sofa King Cool playing Bar Metro, it needed to be posted, because as some say, "It's the end of an era..." Sneak ...