GoldenPlec's top five songs of 2015
Part seven of our seven-part series featuring the best music moments of the year
Stephen Byrne from GoldenPlec shares the Irish music site's top five songs of 2015.
2015 has been a pretty good year for Irish music, sure we say that every year but 2015 saw Irish people embrace Irish acts by the fistful. I’m not referring to the continued success of Hozier, Kodaline or even U2 home and abroad either. Unsigned act Ham Sandwhich’s third album Stories From The Surface became the group’s first number one album. Girl Band’s debut Holding Hands With Jamie enticed listeners with its intense aggression.
The Eskies debut album After The Sherry Went Round cemented the sea-soaked gypsy folk act’s position as The Dubliners’ for the internet generation -with singer Ian Birmingham perhaps the finest of the new generation of Irish frontmen. Ireland’s premier vocal harmony group Wyvern Lingo signed to Rubyworks Records and have racked-up over 1.7million streams on Spotify to date. Not to mention massive success of acts such as singer-songwriter Gavin James, Delorentos and Walking On Cars, and many others who regularly sell-out shows home and abroad.
Here are my favourite tracks of the year by Irish acts big and small.
All Tvvins - Too Young To Live
Nobody should be surprised by the quality of Conor Adams and Lar Kaye’s output as All Tvvins. The former Cast Of Cheers and Adebisi Shank men have smelted the best parts of their previous endeavours into a swashbuckling indie electro sound propelled by intense guitar and bass riffs. The duo have toured with heavyweight acts such as Metric and Kodaline in 2015 and appeared on the soundtrack to FIFA 2016. Their recent sold-out show in The Academy has been hailed as one of the gigs of the year. All things considered, All Tvvins were the Irish singles band of 2015 and their debut album is likely to be one of the major events in Irish music in 2016.
Jape - Seance of Light
2015, has been a bumper year for Jape’s main creative force Richie Egan releasing not one, but two albums The Chemical Sea and Wave Goodbye (his first solo album). The Redneck Manifesto bassist also worked with Somadrone and Booka Brass Band.
Overhead, The Albatross - Big River Man
The post rock outfit’s highly sophisticated sonic architecture is quietly winning them fans the world over. By default frontman and bassist Joe Panama is fast becoming one of the most interesting characters in Irish music thanks to his social media pressence. He even released the sheet music to the ladder part in Big River Man. The ladder part? That’s right Overhead, The Albatross play a ladder. Watch the video and you’ll understand.
Bitch Falcon - TMJ
Irish women rocked 2015 but nobody rocked it harder than the ladies (and gent) that make up Dublin’s heavy rock outfit Bitch Falcon. The trio quickly and deservedly became one of the most touted Irish bands in 2015 thanks to their crunching riffs and solos, and the captivating live performance of frontwoman Lizzie Fitzpatrick
Pleasure Beach - Go
Belfast five-piece Pleasure Beach burst onto the scene in 2015. Formed in January by December they had signed a record deal, released debut EP Dreamer To The Dream and single Go, and supported The Vaccines, All Tvvins and Jape with less than twenty gigs to their name. That’s efficiency right there.
Honourable mentions: The Academic - Different; Meltybrains? - The Vine; Ham Sandwich - Illuminate; Daithi - Mary Keane's Introduction; Wyvern Lingo - Subside