John Meagher: Loaded
We all know album sales aren't a patch on what they used to be even a decade ago, and musicians are having to come up with increasingly novel ways to get noticed: witness the Kanye West campaign for new album Yeezus in which his record company projected relevant images onto buildings across the globe, including Dublin.
Bell X1 have taken a more down-to-earth approach by selling their forthcoming sixth album, Chop Chop by way of "pop-up shops" in various locations throughout the country.
The idea is for fans to meet and greet the band, buy the album and hear them play a few songs acoustically. The first event takes place in Dublin's Tower Records at 7pm next Friday and it will call to locations as diverse as Wexford and Ballybofey.
Not wishing to rain on the innovation of the band, but Delorentos also tried the pop-up stunt around the time of release of their award-winning Little Sparks.
The next few weeks will be busy for Paul Noonan & co. There's a sold-out show in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, on June 29 as well as headlines shows in Cork (Live at the Marquee, July 4) and Dublin (Iveagh Gardens, July 13).
Q Kodaline have been on a receiving end of some pretty harsh reviews since releasing their debut album last week – including one from this writer – but if it all goes pear-shaped at least two of the members can take comfort from the fact that they know their way around a studio.
Mark Prendergast is a graduate of the sound engineering course at Dublin's Button Factory and both he and bandmate Jason Boland can list Bipolar Empire's debut album among their production achievements.
Now Boland has lent his expertise to a three-track EP called Step Back from teen newcomers Cramptown Spaces. The Laois quartet do a fine line in purposeful, angular guitar and Boland's astute production helped smooth any rough edges.
The EP will be launched at Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, tomorrow.
* MGMT were tipped for great things when Time to Pretend and Kids became the soundtrack for summer 2007, but follow-up album Congratulations divided opinion.
The pair's self-titled third album is due for release in August and they have just announced an Irish date, at Dublin's Olympia, on October 19. Tickets go on sale today.