Dublin indie-pop artist PureGrand is set to release a new single, “Pictures.” The song is the third single from his upcoming EP that will be released at the end of this year.
“Pictures” features PureGrand’s signature retro-pop sound. The playful mid tempo tune owes influence to 90’s boy band ballads, built on hooks and harmonies. He constructs an earnest 90s love song with a modern twist, with lyrics about contemporary dating and attraction.
He says, “The rules have changed, they’re not as clear, so the song is poking fun at the complexities of modern dating. Often we are infatuated by people, but also keep them at arm’s length. In a way the song is quite sincere, but there’s also tongue in cheek sarcasm as well.”
The song was produced and recorded by PureGrand. A photographer and visual artist, the song accompanies self portrait press photos and a lyric video, also self- produced.
Pop Music Freak
PureGrand is a solo audio/visual project by Dublin native Luke Faulkner. A self confessed pop music freak, he is fast making a name for himself on the Irish music scene with his distinct marriage of strong pop hooks, introspective lyrics and striking visuals which he writes, produces and creates himself. PureGrand takes the sounds and aesthetics of the 80s and 90s and merges them with contemporary themes and lyrics.
Most recently PureGrand was selected by Nialler9’s Best New Acts 2020 as well as Hot Press’s Hot for 2021. Though it started as a bedroom DIY endeavour, PureGrand has gone on to preform at Ireland’ s best homegrown alternative nights including Glitterhole, Avoca’s Queer Cabaret, and Dublin Fringe festival. He most recently performed with Jack Rua, CMAT and Gold Blooded Woman as part of Gotta Tell You, a pop event about the future of Irish pop as part of Music Town Dublin.
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T.Cole Releases “Sipping Not Tripping”
Rippling synth arpeggios set the stage for introspective melodies, which are paired with a confident, outgoing outlook. The result is an intelligent pop song, coursing with gorgeous harmonies and irresistible rhythm.
T.Cole’s strong relationship with her production team is evident throughout – who built the track from a voice memo made while she was doing her chores at home.
“I couldn’t get this song out of my head.” T. Cole explains. “I asked my brother Josh to play some chords to it in the studio. And it just came together. Solo, my producer, jumped onboard, and we just created it around that melody.”
“I love that about it – I can hear my input. This song, I just find, is so different to how I’ve written in the past – writing to a beat.”
“It’s about missing someone.” T. Cole explains, on the meaning behind the track. “I wrote it about one of those moments in time. When you’re out with friends, and you think, ‘Oh, this person would love this’, or ‘I wish this person were here right now.’”
“It could be a love interest, or a best friend. It’s thinking about how I wish we were enjoying this moment together. Doing this together.” Eventually T.Cole is able to choose to let go and enjoy the moment. As the song reaches the chorus, she sings, “Get off my mind.” – she refuses to feel guilty for enjoying herself.
T.Cole is the alias for Tunolase Margaret Cole. Born and raised in Drogheda, Co. Louth, the singer began singing at the age of eight in her local church choir – for which she and her friends auditioned by singing a remix of ‘Push It to the Limit’, from Scarface, with the words, ‘I Wanna Join the Choir’. Encouragement and training from her local community in Drogheda, several years in a band, and joining forces with her friend and manager Mani, led her to feel she was ready to step out and begin a solo project. She was spotted by LJ Platform, and joined the agency’s roster in 2020. With a strong debut, ‘Thankful’, already under her belt, and a steady stream of strong singles ready to follow, T.Cole is ready to join the best of the rising talent emerging in Irish contemporary pop today.
T.Cole’s music is inspired by a host of popular genres, including classic pop, afroswing and R&B. She listens to everything, leaving her with a well-rounded sound. Prominent influences include Jackson 5 and Prince, as well as contemporary artists like Kiana Lede and Amber Marks.
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The Drive. and Bricknasty Set For Livestream Concert
Fluttertone and Egg Twelve Records present The Drive. And Bricknasty LIVE at Dublin’s renowned The Sound House Friday May 21st.
The show will be streamed live from The Sound House’s website at 7:30PM that evening. With state of the art sound and camera equipment, the livestream will be simultaneously exciting and interactive as your typical live show.
Formed in 2018, fully formed in 2020, The Drive. Are a four-piece indie rock band from Cork City. The group takes influence from a variety of Mancunian indie bands, with a sprinkle of shoegaze.
Following the success of their debut single ‘Cigarettes and Lemonade’, early 2020 saw the band complete a sold-out mini tour of Ireland (Cork, Kilkenny, Waterford) before the release of their debut EP ‘Easy Now’.
Upon the release of Easy Now, the band gained a substantial listener base in Ireland and the UK after the addition of a lead single to Spotify’s ‘Alt. Rocked.’
Ballymun indie hip-hop outfit Bricknasty have well and truly gotten their footing in the Irish industry over the short year that they have been together.
Channeling influences from American Hip-Hop, Irish Traditional and 90’s dance music, the group have cultivated a distinct and exciting sound.
Bricknasty have cut their teeth playing live with the likes of KhakiKid and Why-Axis in Dublin’s world famous Academy.
The Sound House
The Sound House is Ireland’s premiere live-streaming venue. With tens of thousands of Euros worth of modern gear for stage and broadcast at the disposal of each act, the show must and will go on.
With decades of music business experience and a team of qualified staff under their belt, the venue can bring live music to your couch, ensuring fans will enjoy each other’s virtual company.