Free Music Monday 05/03/2012: Bravestation

bravestationI was searching for what could be this week’s recommended free music when I found this track had landed in my email. I like the 80’s new wave, laid back vibe of this track. ‘Signs of the Civilised’ comes from Toronto based band Bravestation and is the first track to have surfaced from their debut album which is due for release this summer. I really like the band’s use of layered vocals and the atmospheric instrumentation, just what I needed. This bodes well for the album, looking forward to hearing it on the back of this.

Culture Cafe on RTE 2XM: Nightbox Interview

Culture Cafe nightboxAs a follow up to the interview on last week’s Culture Cafe and the written piece on my blog, I’ve been asked by some people if I would share the audio from my interview with Nick and James from Canadian/Irish Band Nightbox, who are based in Toronto.

Here it is, we chat about everything from Sweeney’s chips in Greystones, music to even the weather.. here it is! Oh, if you’re in town tonight, August 30th, catch the guys at The Academy 2 tonight, they played at Reading and Leeds last weekend and will also be at Electric Picnic this weekend.

Interview with Nightbox

Within what seems like a couple of weeks, Nightbox have got their name around the Irish blogosphere and have also managed to land top festival slots at Electric Picnic, Reading and Leeds.

I caught with brothers Nick and James to find out about the history of the band and their ambitions for the future.

Nick: Myself and my brother Jake we were born in Toronto and we moved over here to Ireland, I was about eleven at the time. James Shelly, he gre up in the States and he came over here a couple of years later. The other two guys are from Ireland. We all met in secondary school in Bray and we started making music together at that time. Then myself and the synth player James, we went off to college in the States for four years but the other guys kept the band going in Ireland over those four years. Once we finished college, they finished secondary school we decided to get all five of us back together and decided Toronto was the best place to do it.

James: The young lads, while Nick and I were away, amassed a decent size following. How is it that we came back and everyone knows who we are ? I think the roots that the younger guys put down in those years helped. When we came back they were able to hit up old contacts or people that they had met back in the day and play them our new stuff. Thankfully some people seem to have connected with it . We’re all a little bit shocked too at the press we’ve got over the past couple of weeks.

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Nightbox Announce Dublin Date

Who? Nightbox! They’re originally from Wicklow not living in Toronto and will be playing in The Academy 2 on August 30th, just after they play both the Leeds and Reading Festivals.. Plus they’ve just been announced as support for Death From Above 1979 for the Toronto show in October. I really like their sound, right up my street! Oh did I mention their debut EP was produced by Sebastien Grainger of Death from Above 1979 and Al-P of MSTRKRFT. Tickets for The Academy go on sale this Friday from Ticketmaster.