In what promises to be a brilliant night of music for the town of Castlebar next Saturday, October 17, three of Ireland’s finest groups come to Bar Ritz with Finbar Hoban Proudly Presents… in association with the GMIT student union, (Mulroy’s Bar ) in Castlebar. The Brilliant Things from Dublin are a new offering of intelligent synth-pop. They consist of Marie and Greg French and the title of their first EP is Stronger Than Romeo. Both in their twenties, they independently experienced various aspects of the music industry before getting together earlier this year. If you enjoy upbeat alternative synth pop then this will be right up your street.
Codes will be next up. They have just recently released their new album called Trees Dream In Algebra. The album reached number 18 in the top 20 Irish album charts last week. The band are not content with trend following, the group have taken the recognisable four-piece band formula and moved into something entirely their own. Codes have being getting lots of radio airplay with their single ‘This is Goodbye’ and Irish critics are describing their sound as the next big thing in this country. Earlier this year Codes supported Keane in the 02 in Dublin and also made an appearance on RTE 2s The Café just last week. The band have recently been signed to EMI records and prospects are very high over the next coming months with a lengthy national tour ahead of them including a stop-off at Mayo’s only alternative music show Finbar Hoban Presents…
Headline act The Flaws have just released a new single titled ‘I Don’t Wanna Dance’, the track about a modern day Cinderella is the first release from the band in over a year as they have being busy writing new material for their second album and laying down tracks at Tumbleweed Studios. The Flaws played a brilliant set at this year’s Oxegen festival and fans got a taste of some of the new material as well as some favourites from the debut album Achieving Vagueness.
Earlier this year the band recorded an excellent version of Echo & The Bunnymen’s ‘The Killing Moon’ for a charity album in aid of Aware. The album, called Sparks in Mind, was released in the summer of 2009 and also covers versions from Lisa Hannigan, BellX1, and Damien Dempsey.
New drinks promotions will be the order of the day next Saturday night with bottles of beer at €3. There will also be lots more new DJs playing the music you want to hear, including Eagles of Death Metal, Florence and The Machine, and Alice in Chains. Admission for this exclusive show at Bar Ritz will be €7 or €6 with student ID.