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J.F.O Courageously Addresses Mortality in Hip-Hop With ‘Amnesia’

While living in Singapore, Jason O’Toole met up with an old friend, Danté, to buy a t-shirt from him in a flea market. They began talking about music, and what began was a musical collaboration that would continue for years to come. Jason rapped and sang; Danté produced. Now Jason is back in his native Ireland, and in demand after the success of his single ‘Come Over When You’re Sober’, which received national airplay on Newstalk in 2020, and continuing his work with Danté.

“Amnesia” is a song which borrows equally from contemporary emo trap and from 90s heavy rock and punk. “All my favourite artists are dead,” he explains starkly. Having grown up listening to the likes of Juice Wrld and Mac Miller, as well as Nirvana and Sex Pistols, “Amnesia” is a self-described ‘average kid’ trying to find his way. A suddenly increasingly popular young artist, J.F.O is wise enough to see the difficulties inherent in learning to create music in a space which has not always succeeded in championing the mental health of its practitioners.

“It’s a big thing in hip-hop. Death. So I’m trying to navigate that, seeing the complications.”

Authentic and Soul Searching

The result is three minutes of authentic and vital soul-searching. There is a feeling of constant pressure in “Amnesia”. “When I die, I’ll try to rest/Until then I’ll do my best/Cause I know that I’m up next” J.F.O’s lyrics evoke the expectations placed on young people to succeed, and the poor personal health and mental well-being seemingly required for success. “I don’t wanna die but I think that I have to”

The song was produced and recorded by Marlon Dantè Ingle (@13lacklisted) at House of Axe, 138 East Coast Rd, Singapore.

J.F.O (Jason O’Toole) is an 18-year-old emo trap artist from Dublin, Ireland. Since his debut single, “Come Over If You’re Sober” in 2019, he has reached over 135,000 streams across Spotify and Soundcloud, and been played on national radio. Most notably, J.F.O gained the support of Tom Dunne on The Tom Dunne Show (106.0FM Newstalk, Ireland), as well as Across the Line Introducing (92-95FM BBC Radio Ulster) with Gemma Bradley.

J.F.O’s sophomore mixtape, “love the way u hurt me” is set for release in April 2021. It will be the first of a series of ‘moodtapes’ crafted to portray key moments in Jason’s life, detailing the life of a young and aspiring hip-hop artist in Ireland. He is fast gaining a reputation for his refreshing sincerity, and his heartfelt approach to hip-hop.

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Sarah O’Moore Drops New Single ‘I Need U’

Irish singer songwriter, Sarah O’Moore latest single ‘I Need U’ is available now on all streaming platforms. The song is an energetic anthem that examines the wrong doings in society. The boisterous sound coupled with matter-of-fact lyrics allows the song to flow through an honest ravine.

Making heads turn with her timeless, sultry, powerhouse voice is Irish singer-songwriter Sarah O’Moore. Raised on a diet of rock Gods & folk legends, is it any wonder that her style pogos from contemporary RNB to soul? Drawing comparison from Amy Winehouse to Billie Holiday. Sarah is a voice in her own right penning deeply introspective and profoundly outlandish work. Borrowing from her Corkonian roots, Sarah’s songs carry the dark underbelly of societal demise and her hybrid fusion of rich lyricism and melodic roots make her a touchstone for current times.

From an early age, Sarah has always been attracted to the soul talent of Nina Simone, Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. It was through cosmic wordsmiths such as Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Van Morrison, Sarah was able to hone her craft. Pursuing her dreams, Sarah set shore to Bristol; where she is currently studying Songwriting at BIMM.

O’Moore has said that the song is about ‘the political undertones of the past year. Its after showcasing the Omnipresence of racism in society and the ongoing battles of minority groups. It’s reignited our need to combat these issues. Lets not have the victors steal the narrative and have its victims forgotten.

The song is rallied with immediacy with the use of synth textures and raw vocals. The song questions the latent attitudes of government power. It’s time to support, speak up, press play and listen away.

Sarah plans to launch her debut E.P, “social paralysis” later this year. Which will act as a testimony to James Joyce’s “Dubliner’s”. She will embark on bringing these 20th century archetypes to life.

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Iconic NI band The Outcasts to take Punk to the Park

The ever-popular Belfast punk band, The Outcasts are set to make an explosive return to the stage at Ward Park in Bangor at Punk in the Park this summer as restrictions are eased and live gigs are permitted.  

The event, taking place on Sunday 22 August 2021 at 3pm – 5pm, is part of the Open House Festival as it resumes after a year’s hiatus with live music, comedy and spoken word events throughout August and September. The Belfast born punk group, made up of brothers Greg and Martin Cowan along with JP and Petsey Burns, will take to the stage in their first performance since 2020, supported by local Bangor band Wasted Talent.

Formed in 1977, the Outcasts are legends on the Belfast music scene having signed with Terry Hooley’s infamous Good Vibrations record label. Branded by local media as “the band you love to hate”, The Outcasts embraced their bad boy image and were central to the development of the youth punk scene in Belfast. Forty-four years on, the band are now signed with Philadelphia-based record label, Violated Records and released an EP under the label in 2019, their first since 1983.

Lead singer and bassist, Greg Cowan, said:

“We are thrilled to be taking part in our first live gig in 18 months. 2020 was due to be one of our busiest periods including our first ever tour of America, which unfortunately was cancelled due to the pandemic.

“We can’t wait to get back on stage and play together to unite everyone with a love of punk and celebrate the vibrant music scene Northern Ireland has to offer. With the tough times the music business has been through lately, it’s important for the public to get out and support local bands and musicians. So, I would encourage as many people as possible to come out to the event to celebrate the world opening up again.”

The outdoor gig marks the beginning of a flurry of activity for the punk icons as they prepare for a busy 2022, with tours through France and Switzerland before they return home for an Irish tour with fellow local rock band, Therapy.

Held in the open-air of Ward Park, all the Music in the Park events at the Open House Festival are free to attend for all ages and do not require booking. Guests are encouraged to pack a picnic and head down to Bangor for a Sunday afternoon of live music and an electric atmosphere.

The Outcasts can be found on Facebook @officialoutcasts.

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