SOAK/Bridie was born in Belfast, but grew up in Derry. She began to learn guitar aged 14, and produced her first collection of self-penned songs only a year later, before being ‘discovered’ via the Derry Playhouse’s Jammhouse in early 2012, when she was only 15 years old. Since then she has won the NI Chordblossom ‘Double A Side’ competition, been a finalist in the Spotify A&M Awards 2012, and gigged extensively. Her forthcoming ‘Blud’ EP appears later this week. In the meantime, here’s another chance to hear the Session that she recorded for Dan on The Alternative last year. http://www.soakmusic.net/
This week’s prize includes a pair of tickets to see O Emperor at Cork Opera House on Friday, March 7th, plus albums from Bombay Bicycle Club, Elvis Costello & The Roots, The Strypes, Broken Bells, Placebo, and others! The Question: O Emperor’s most recent album is called which of the following? 1.Vitreous 2. Vitalogy 3. Hither Tither Email your name, postal address, & correct answer to email@example.com *You must be over 18 to attend the gig.
Irish act Cap Pas Cap released their debut (and so far only) album in 2010. Call is Dark Pop, but this only tells you part of what makes ‘Haunted Light’ such an outstanding album. The album’s sound was likened to Ladytron and Ladyhawk, but there’s something slightly grittier about it. You could call this a classic that never was; this would be the best description perhaps. http://www.cappascap.com/
Ghost Maps is the current guise for Jeff Martin of Halfset. Martin has been largely missed by the 'wider' audience for many years. His 2005 album 'Spoons' is perhaps one of the best albums that you've never heard. With Ghost Maps he brought out 'The Ocean From The River' late last year; this is the sound of an artist that has challenged themselves, and succeeded on every level. Jeff brings us this week’s Five-Track Shuffle. http://www.ghost-maps.com/
This week’s prize includes tickets to see Darling at The Academy 2, on Friday, February 7th*. We’ve also thrown in albums from The Strypes, The Rapture, Placebo, Ann Scott, The Clash, Portugal. The Man, and others. The rather easy Question: Darling have a song called? 1. Sail Away 2. Sail Today 3. January Sale Email your name, postal address, & correct answer to firstname.lastname@example.org *You must be over 18 to attend the gig.
Bouts play guitars, drums, bass, and they sing too! The Dubliners released their ‘Nothing Good Gets Away' album in later 2013, and continue their quest for global domination in 2014. The first step of this is compiling a list for Dan for this week’s Five-Track Shuffle! https://www.facebook.com/gimmebouts