Weekend Interview - Petrol Girls Petrol Girls are one of a small number of bands I have seen over the past couple of years that have made me think about music and my position as a consumer of songs. They wear their hearts firmly on the sleeves and spit out a message of distrust and … Continue reading Weekend Interview – Petrol Girls
I had Burnt tapes down as Play of the Day recently and mentioned that "the songs are heartfelt about people and relationships or friendships that evolve". Songs that touch all our lives. https://youtu.be/V6NsXpFRzbk I sent some questions over to Phil and here is a selection of what he has to say Some history? We all … Continue reading Weekend Interview – Burnt Tapes
I have Pardon Us as todays Play of the Day and with that in mind thought I'd send the band some questions. Their live set at Rebellion was a refreshing taste of low-fi pop punk played with a reverance to the punk scene but sounding nothing like many of the other bands who played. Regardless … Continue reading Weekend Interview – Pardon Us, Pop Punk from Liverpool
When Niall and myself wanted to raise money/awareness for the Syrian refugee crisis, we came up with the idea of collecting gig memories from the music community. Between us, we knew a few people, so we figured we'd ask them. Niall was far more effective than I was. He quickly gathered really interesting gig … Continue reading “Punk arrived…. We were saved!!!” The Jude Carr Interview
Karl Tsigdinos doesn't sugar-coat the truth, nor does he hide his passion for the music he loves. Like Nick Kent, he isn't afraid to be unfashionable; he doesn't follow trends...he follows his own star and is an inspiring truth-teller. Unlike Nick Kent, Karl was penning his love letters to the musicians he admired from Dublin, … Continue reading “The MC5 scared the crap out of us”. Karl Tsigdinos the Ramones zealot who championed the Pistols and the Clash.
At major record labels you can find a curious breed. They are called A&R people. Their job is to find new acts, sign, then, develop them, and keep them constantly motivated and inspired to make great music. Even better for the label - to make music that sells. A&R people get paid to find acts. … Continue reading Dublin’s D.I.Y. A&R Man: The Eugene Connolly Interview Part 2
Very very few people have seen more gigs in Dublin than Eugene Connolly. Ever since her saw some of the most vital of the early punk gigs he's been a passionate fan of live music. He was one of the early supporters of the Blades, Eugene and later Aslan and was one of the teenage … Continue reading “The Ramones changed my life” Dublin’s Music Champion: Eugene Connolly Interview Part 1
Now with the excellent Trouble Pilgrims, Johnny Bonnie had never played drums until he got together with Dick Purdy, Paul Woodful and what became the Skank Mooks. Since then he has drummed with over thirty Dublin bands, which surely is some kind of record. He is also one of the genuine good guys in the local scene, … Continue reading Dublin Rock’s Gentleman Drummer: Johnny Bonnie Interview. Part 1
Dick Purdy was a member of one of the most legendary of Dublin bands, the Skank Mooks. They didn't last long but they made a mark on the local music scene with their punk attitude of 'why can't we do it?' They played in the very legendary gig at Anthony's Hall in November 1978. A … Continue reading Punk for Life: The Incredible story of Dick Purdy and the Dublin punk/DIY/new wave scene.
George Purdy: The behind-the-scenes spokesman for Ireland's punk/new wave generation. This was a particularly thrilling interview for me to do. I had heard so much about George Purdy from the people who were there......the people who were ready for new sounds and new styles in 1977 Dublin. I had seen him at so many … Continue reading George Purdy: The young Dubliner who championed punk, and young Irish bands, in the early years.