The Irish Alternative is alive and kicking and makes a welcome return to DeBarra’s in Clonakilty on Friday July 21st with 3 of Cork’s best Alternative bands making their own Cork version of Grunge with a salute to Cobain & Cornell.
West Cork band Screenreader came into being with the release of their debut album “Disconnect the Dots” in January 2012. Burning a trail from start to finish
with mechanical samples, high-impact dynamics and fuzzed up electronic textures, the album has received high praise from critics as well as a quickly growing
fan base, resulting in consistent national radio airplay from the likes of 2fm’s Dave Fanning and Dan Hegarty, along with airplay from regional and local
Since their debut the band has played countless well received live shows across the country, clearly demonstrating an intent to not only recreat but expand on the sounds
of their recorded output. An early highlight of these shows was a slot on the main stage at Indiependence 2012 where the band further cemented a reputation
as an energetic and dynamic live act.
2013 saw Screenreader record a live session for 2FM as well as hitting the road to play live as often as possible.
Singer Songwriter Brian Casey focused on his solo ventures over the past few years with the release of various tracks and 2 full lenght EP’s. Also making live appearances at Other Voices and HWCH Festival in Dublin. Brian has also been working as a producer in his own recording studio Wavefield Studios in West Cork producing various releases including the latest Paradox album ‘Chapters’.
After a short hiatus Screenreader are back in 2017 with new songs, recordings and shows in the works.
Paradox are an Alternative Rock band from Cork, Ireland. Formed in 1997 by brothers Pete Mac and Mike Mac the early Paradox sound was heavily influenced by the Grunge Era of the 90’s.The band has shaped and evolved their sound over the years while still maintaining their Alternative Rock sound. Paradox have released 4 studio albums to date. Their debut album ‘Circle of Growth’ was recorded in Los Angeles in 2000 and released on a US label. Their second album ‘Sacred’ was recorded and released in 2004, ‘Corporate Pollution’ was released in 2011 and their latest album ‘Chapters’ released in 2015. Singer and songwriter Pete Mac also recorded and released a solo album in 2009 in Berlin, Germany.
‘Corporate Pollution’ marked a further evolution in the Paradox sound and received the most attention from any of the bands releases. From the opening track ‘Corporate Pollution’ with it’s churning guitar riffs and political sneers the track seems to somewhat set the tone for the rest of the album. One reviewer noted that the album had ‘so many influences it’s hard to list them all, the music is solid, timeless and to the point’.
Another review from Loud-Stuff.com added – ‘Maybe the ultimate compliment you can pay to this album is that you could listen to it between Nirvana’s In Utero and Alice in Chains Dirt and it’s every bit as good’.
‘Mr. Bureaucracy’ was chosen to be the first single with it’s fast pulsing riffs and melodic vocal refrains. The band also shot a music video for ‘Mr. Bureaucracy’ in 2012 which was nominated for best song at the Berlin Music Video Awards, Dublin International short film and music awards the Portobello Film Festival London in 2013.
In 2012 the ‘Corporate Pollution’ track ‘Repress Excess’ was used on the soundtrack for Canadian horror movie ‘Truth’ which screened at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Canada International Film Festival’s Royal Reel Award.
Paradox have toured both Europe and the US as well as playing support to the likes of Therapy?, Kerbdog and Shonen Knife.
2014 saw Paradox back in the studio recording their 4th album to date at Wavefield Recording Studios in Bantry, West Cork with multi tasking musician and engineer Brian Casey on the desk.
Titled ‘Chapters’ the 14 track album combines a variety of new sounds some of which have not yet been heard on any previous Paradox album. ‘Chapters’ has been gaining momentum since it’s release in 2015. The band kicked off 2016 with a new single and music video titled ‘EAT’ which was nominated at the Indie Cork Film Festival and the RATMA Film Festival in the UK.
2017 saw the release of the new single ‘All Life Matters’, an eagerly awaited follow up to the bands last album ‘Chapters’. ‘All Life Matters’ takes a similar direction to the previous Paradox album ‘Chapters’ which was also recorded at Wavefield. Singer Songwriter Pete Mac plays all instruments on the track with Brian Casey adding keys and piano.
Neon Atlas are a Cork-based alt-indie outfit that have been drawing a lot of attention from local and national media of late. They have just released their second album ‘Graffiti Reality’ (available through Spotify, iTunes, Amazon), on their own label ‘Demeanour Records’. Graffiti Reality is the follow-up to 2013’s critically acclaimed ‘Absolute Magnitude’ and according to critics ‘packs a serious musical punch’ – being nominated for several awards in Ireland, and attracting attention from both the UK and US. Neon Atlas have drawn comparisons with Silver Sun Pickups, Teenage Fanclub, and Weezer.
The albums Graffiti Reality’ and ‘Absolute Magnitude’ are currently available through Spotify and iTunes. Neon Atlas are also confirmed to play Townlands Carnival this year as well as being shortlisted for the ‘Play The Picnic’ at this years Electric Picnic.
“Oozes with Tim Wheeler-like melodies and
weezer-esque riffs…..the LP shines thanks to
super- slick production……. packs plenty of
punch.”- HOT PRESS
“Ring is a captivating vocalist and the band
have a finely tuned sense of melody”. – IRISH
“Neon Atlas have cooked up a batch of warm,
fuzzy pop tunes with enough songwriting
chops to keep even the most hard to please
music listener interested. The Cork band have
a future as bright as their music”.- GOLDEN