Lots of photos from the Popical Island #2 launch are over on the Popical Island Facebook page. Fun day!
Here’s six of the two hundred covers we made for Compilation #2. They were painted and stamped by Anna, Annie, Bronwyn, Cormac, Jonny, Mide, Mike, Nora, Pádraig C, Padraig O’R, Ruan, Saileóg and Valerie. Mike made the spinning contraption that gave them that lovely effect, we were all really impressed but we hid it and were all like “Pfft! Check out Doc Brown and his dumb machine!” to annoy him.
We love you Mike!
In the company of Strands, Solar Bears, Dinah Brand and some other top albums. We feel quite proud:
Some nice, well deserved endorsements of Thread Pulls, Porn on Vinyl and Holy Roman Army as well!
Tonight a very special gig takes place at Bewley’s Cafe Theatre with Michael Stevens and Haley Bonar performing intimate acoustic sets. For Mike, it’s a rare chance for him to shake off his big, boisterous band known as Groom and for Haley, an opportunity to share her songs with a fresh audience, considering she’s come all the way from the USA.
Originally this gig was schedule to include Squarehead‘s Roy Duffy but he had to cancel on account of illness so there will be an extended sets from Mike and Haley. Shame because I was looking forward to posting this gorgeous flyer made by little Nora Stevens ahead of her dad’s show but I can still say it’s awesome, right?
Doors 8:30pm, €8.
The Golden Age, Popical Island ****
It may be a golden age for the Irish music scene, but Groom’s Michael Steven remains the guy standing outside in the rain with his nose pressed against the glass. Much like Britpop-era My Life Story, Groom have an outsider edge that provides a nice counterbalance to their chamber pop pretensions. This is one of their finer moments.
(By Eoin Butler: read here)