+ NIAMH from HAM SANDWICH DJ set
“Named after the sacred Indo-Aryan language of South-East Asia… alternative new-wavers Sanzkrit first came to prominence in February 2006 when they unleashed their critically acclaimed five track EP “Yeah but what if”. It’s dark emotive melodies and expansive soundscapes struck a chord with Ireland’s underground scenesters whilst also garnering the praises of the music media’s elite. From the shimmering ambience of Futila with it’s emotive melody driven verses and anthemic uplifting chorus, to the bright choppy guitars of the hook laden Nocturne, Sanzkrit had sculpted themselves a unique indie-rock sound. Offset by the provocative cocktail of social observationist prose and fraught cryptic imagery offered by singer / lyricist, Dave Marron…. the formula was complete. By the end of the year, Sanzkrit had earned a place on both the Allison Curtis (Today FM) and Irish Times Best of 2006 lists. Stunning live shows and increasingly growing radio airplay meant Sanzkrit were finding themselves touring alongside some big name bands. The busy gigging schedule allowed the band road test new material whilst further familiarising the Irish gig going community with their trademark sound. In January 2007 the four-piece embarked on their own headlining tour of Ireland, selling out every venue bar one on the twelve date stint. Despite their growing popularity the ’krit maintained the artistic sincerity that had won them their first fans. In the spring of 2007, a year after the release of “Yeah but what if” Sanzkrit returned to the studio to start work on new material. They recorded their debut single Talk of the Town in Sun Studios with highly acclaimed producer Gareth Mannix (Republic of Loose/ Director/The Flaws/Delorentos). Soon after recording the “Talk of the Town” single, in spring 2008 Sanzkrit commenced the recording of their debut album. A gigantic Summer tour followed, climaxing with an unforgettable show at Electric Picnic Festival 2008. Upon release of their debut album “After The Wedding” in September 2009, Sanzkrit’s success boomed with rave reviews in the national press, 3 sold out national tours and invites to perform live on 2fm, radio 1, 02 Blueroom and every other station worth talking about. Already well into writting and recording album 2, reports from the studio say that this is just the beginning for the 4 Monaghan lads. First single from second album Midweek Blues OUT NOW FOR FREE DOWNLOAD @ http://sanzkrit.bandcamp.com/
Here are some press clips..
“Destined to be a classic of it’s kind, After the Wedding is arguably the best Irish Rock album since Whipping Boy’s Heartworm……. To say that one of the most anticipated home-grown releases of the year doesn’t disappoint would be something of an understatement, for the Monaghan four-piece have delivered a near masterpiece of the genre with this enthralling debut….” 4/5 stars – Hotpress Magazine
“Sanzkrit’s wired and wiley Indie pop is exciting DJs everywhere” ***Gig of the week*** – NME magazine
Just over one year old, the band already has an impressive CV playing at all the major venues in Dublin and beyond including support for Fight Like Apes at Phantom FM’s New Year’s Eve Ball in The Village; performances at Whelans, The Sunday Roast, The Workman’s Club, The Ruby Sessions and Balcony TV.
Having been likened to artists such as Florence and the Machine, Adele, Portishead, The Gossip, The White Stripes and even Led Zeppelin, Champagne Animal have come up with their own twist on the indie soul sound in their daring and innovative debut EP. Just like the iconic artists above, Champagne Animal put their own stamp on the music world, giving any established band a run for their money. Siobhan Lynch (lead vocal) and Dave Kennedy (guitar) met through The Dublin Gospel Choir. They discovered their mutual passion for creating music and embarked immediately on the Champagne Animal project, recruiting close friends and avid musicians to fill out the layered sound of the music (Matthew Burney, keys, Ronnie Whelan, bass and Daragh Armstrong, drums).
is an Irish based Electropop trio
In their short lifespan Toy Soldier have toured in Europe and the USA, featured on an ‘Ireland’s Hottest Acts’ CD in Hot Press Magazine and have been lauded by BBC radio DJ Tom Robinson on his show ‘BBC Introducing’.
Toy Soldier is Cian Walsh (Vocals, Synths, Guitars), Ciara Budds (Vocals, Synths) and Fergal McCarthy (Drums, Live Programming).
The US tour saw the band perform at the world famous ‘House of Blues’ venue on Sunset Boulevard in LA as well as feature on popular LA station KCSN fm.
2011 has seen the band gain online momentum with impressive music video’s for songs ‘Sunset Girl’ and ‘Summertime’. Following a hectic summer festival season in Ireland and return to the USA in September for a tour wich included the prestigious Viper Room on Sunset Boulevard.
They were also involved in the Other Voices music trail in Dingle