Its all go for Kodaline at the mo, following the release of the ‘Kodaline EP’, they are gearing up to release a brand new EP in March ahead of their debut album (which is also due in March) in what promises to be a very busy month for the band
‘The High Hopes’ EP comes out on March 3rd and is followed later on that month by ‘In A Perfect World’, their debut album which is due out on March 15th 2013. This latest track is called All My Friends from ‘The High Hopes EP’.
The band tweeted that “DNA upgrades, spontaneous evolution and NEW YEAH YEAH YEAHS RECORD ARRIVING SPRING 2013! finally.” No clue what the first two things listed allude to, but the third item is blindingly obvious: we’re going to get a new Yeah Yeah Yeahs album next spring. Jawb.
Think of Sheffield and you might conjure up images of the City of steel, United & Wednesday. Where do heartfelt love songs fit into that? It may be ‘grim oop north’ but it certainly hasn’t damaged the wonderful song writing talent of a certain Mr Hawley. He took to the stage bedecked in leather jacket and turn up jeans and do you know what, he rocked the shit out of the Savoy. It was an interesting crowd on the night; a mixture of hipsters and oldies but the one defining characteristic was that they were here to appreciate a master song smith at work. It’s a tribute to Hawley’s on-going critical appeal that the venue was packed to the rafters for his latest show on Leeside.
Hawley delivered a set chockfull of outstanding numbers with gusto and standouts included ‘Open up your door’ and ‘Before’. There was a nice line in banter with the crowd it made for a typically accomplished night’s entertainment. I must admit I wasn’t overly sold on his stuff before the gig but after seeing him in the flesh I’m a convert. All too often an act can garner the affection of the muso critics and fall flat in person but as soon as he kicked off proceedings with the new album’s titular track “Standing at the sky’s edge” you just knew you were in for something a little bit special. This wasn’t a jaded performer going through the motions, this was a singer who connects with his crowd from telling people to yap away if they like during the quiet numbers to telling us about his kite flying adventures on acid. Hawley has an easy and unaffected stage presence that translates into a relaxed atmosphere that perfectly reflected his seemingly effortless style.
An encore was never in doubt and the crowd were in full voice as they roared their appreciation. “Lady Solitude” and “The Ocean” brought proceedings to a close and the first big act to hit the Savoy since its recent re-opening left this audience elated and delighted in equal measure. Alt-J might have scooped the Mercury this year but they only wish they could pull off a leather jacket and NHS specs with such ease. A truly wonderful night from a very special talent
Monday 17th December, 8pm
December 2012– From The Muppets on Sesame Street to Mother Courage at the National Theatre. From Huckleberry Finn and mysterious silent movie stars to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. From Belfast to the British Expo in Shanghai, via live performances around the world, the career of the inimitable Duke Special has been, to say the least, a varied and unpredictable one and he is now coming to Cork Opera House Monday 17th December, 8pm.
Booking and information on http://www.corkoperahouse.ie and 021-4270022
After stints as a guitarist in a number of bands– the Smiths, the Cribs, and Modest Mouse among them– Johnny Marr will release his first solo albumnext year. It’s called The Messenger, and it arrives on February 25 via WB.
In what promises to be one of the most exciting gigs to hit Cork this year, Sheffield’s favourite son Richard Hawley returns to leeside hot off the heels of his mercury award nominated (and many would say robbed) long player “Standing at the Sky’s Edge”. The multi talented guitarist, songwriter and producer has enjoyed significant critical acclaim throughout his extensive career which has spanned stints on the guitar for Pulp and seven solo albums.The songwriter’s songwriter brings the Irish leg of his tour to a close after playing packed houses in Mandela Hall and Vicar Street. Its a great booking for the Savoy and is a night not to be missed for the Cork muso scene.
Tickets are priced @ €28e inc booking fee from www.ticketmaster.ie & Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. 0818 719 300 and www.tickets.ie