Once again, Swear I’m Not Paul has teamed up with 2UIBestow to bring you
ten twelve Irish acts to look out for in the coming year. The annual Irish Sound Of list has been running since 2009, and has included acts such as Laura Izibor, the Kanyu Tree, Tenaka, Henrietta Game, Two Door Cinema Club, We Cut Corners, Milan Jay, and the Riot Tapes.
Here’s our twelve acts from across Ireland to keep an eye out for in 2012.
Dublin based band Ana Gog write songs that bring to mind an Irish ‘TV on the Radio’. Ana Gog seem to be bringing the mature sound of bands like Genesis and Peter Gabriel into the 21st Century. Their debut album is ready to be released very soon and it’s going to create a storm at home and abroad.
A Study Of Her Painted Face by anagogmusic
Bona Fide Federation
The fusion of Pop, Rock, Jazz, Classical and Adele-esque vocals is what Bone Fide Federation is all about. The result is a spectacular sound which doesn’t fail to impress. Catch the band in The Grand Social on Thursday 12th January with the excellent Henrietta Game in support.
Night Train by bonafidefederation
Come on Live Long
After a solid start with their self-titled EP, Come on Live Long ended 2011 with the phenomenal Mender, announcing them as one of Ireland’s brightest new talents. Drawing inspiration from a variety of genres, their much-anticipated debut album could easily be the best Irish album of2012.
Elephants and Time by Come On Live Long
Girl Band are another of these artists whose name is totally misleading. Four Dublin guys make up the Louis Walsh-managed act. No wait, Louis has nothing to do with them. They don’t make pop, but raucous rock that would surely make Simon Cowell reach for the earplugs.
Twelves by girlband
This Limerick band fuse Rock and Folk together and along with pitch perfect harmonies create a fresh sound which has already led to the band getting invitations to tour America and Europe. The band have the guts of a debut album recorded and have begun getting radio play for their new single ‘Gibson’.
HermitageGreen-Gibson by Hermitage Green
The Dublin pop-rockers formed in 2009, and gained a strong following through their electric live shows. That fanbase helped fund their debut EP, and got them a spot at Electric Picnic, but they haven’t been seen around for a while, preferring to hone their craft in the studio. Hopefully 2012 will see them back on the road, and maybe even a debut album.
The title ‘Dia Dhuit’ doesn’t indicate that the music contained within could be hip-hop, but that’s exactly what Dublin teen Lecs Luther is making, wonderful celtic-fused hip-hop, and catching the attention of many rap fans across the Atlantic.
Lecs Luther – Luther by FirstSecond Label
Arriving on the scene with an air of mystique, no-one knew who the Siobhan Kavanagh and Aiden Norris fronted band. Despite having no idea who they were, anyone who heard their Portishead-inspired tracks was instantly enthralled. The final, finished debut album, Guides, is set to be released this year.
Marc finds himself on this list because we believe 2012 will see Marc do what Villagers, James Vincent McMorrow and Lisa Hannigan have done and that is to make it internationally. Marc gets his UK launch at the end of Feb supported by some tour dates and then travels to Toronto in March for gigs at Canadian Music Week. His debut album released last Summer ‘My Friend Marx’ is a wonderful collection of meaningful songs which are beautifully sung.
12 F.O.O. by Salt and Shake Records
Galwegian musician Mossy Nolan has been a member of The Lazy Band and Lisa O’Neill’s touring band for a number of years. Mossy lists the likes of Andy Irvine, Planxty, and Sean Tyrell as influences and this shines through on his songs. 2012 will see Mossy release his debut album which will showcase his spectacular vocals and song writing abilities.
The Wild Mountain Thyme by Mossy Nolan
‘Liars Call Me King’ was the best opening track to a debut EP since Bloc Party’s ‘Banquet’, and like the British rockers, these guys know their way around a thumping bassline and a roaring riff. These guys are only five songs old, but each one is great. Will they ever match ‘Liars…’? Who knows, but it’ll be interesting to see what happens.
SPIES – Liars Call Me King by spiesdublin
Words That Burn
With a few exceptions Ireland doesn’t do ‘Hard Rock’ very well. Dundalk band ‘Words That Burn’ are aiming to change that with a big sound full of impact that will satisfy both the Pearl Jam and Pantera sides of the Hard Rock genre!
I am sickness by WORDS THAT BURN