Named after the third album of Brooklyn Gothic rockers, Type O Negative, Bloody Kisses was initially formed in 2010 by guitarist Christian Stynes and vocalist/bassist Muiris Ó Fiannachta after an impromptu immitation of Type O Negative’s classic Black No. 1 single involving an acoustic guitar, a low baratone vocal line and snapping fingers (if you don’t get the references search for the video of the song online). Soon after keyboardist Linda Quinlan joined the fold along with drummer Bob Ryan.
Though initially penned as a once-off set of cover versions, the idea of forming a fully-fledged tribute act to Type O Negative and Pete Steele (who passed away tragically in April 2010) came to fruition.
The band - all self-proclaimed Type O Negative fanatics, quickly set themselves a target of preparing two special shows to coincide with the 1st anniversary of the passing of Pete Steele - a musician who many within the broader heavy metal genre (as well as further afield) regard as a genius song-writer and whose death brought shock and sadness to the metal community worldwide.
Although it would seem obvious, the band are keen to point out that they are merely attempting to honour the memory of one of their favourite musicians:
“People have mixed feelings about tribute bands, and all of us in the band are the exact same,” says Ó Fiannachta. “At the end of the day, all we are doing is playing a set of songs which someone else wrote and made famous. We are keenly aware of that. We genuinely hope that we are doing so in as true and as respectful a way as is possible. Just like us, if you are a Type O Negative fan, you will have been devastated at Pete’s death. We just want to give some of the powerful and beautiful music he created another airing in a live setting and pay tribute to the greatness of the man and of the band. Type O Negative no longer exist as an entity but if you love their music as much as we do we hope you’ll enjoy hearing an enthusiastic bunch of fans playing the songs in a live environment.”
This Halloween, Irish rock stalwarts Thumper and Megacone play a double headline show, with support from Stone Sea and GreyFace, with Soma DJ’s on til’ late.
‘Hospital” - The brand new Single Out Aug 26th
Taken from the LP “CURTAINS” Out Oct 7th
“Ireland’s next indie hit makers” - RTE Radio 1
“Another great track from HIH, did you expect anything less!”- RTE 2FM
“Fantastic Four-Piece” – Joe.ie
“Heroes In Hiding do something different with the Irish indie-rock sound that sets them apart from the pack”- TheLastMixTape
"Sprightly Indie-Pop" - Nialler9
Since the release of debut EP “Hush” in 2014, Heroes In Hiding have gathered a momentum that is now in full pendulum swing. The burgeoning band are centre stage in Ireland as one of the most promising talked about acts on the scene.
Having performed at festivals such as Electric Picnic, Forbidden Fruit, Castlepalooza, BD Festival, Life Festival, even securing a slot at Iceland’s Secret Solstice festival – the band are now ready to release their first LP titled ‘CURTAINS’ which is due for an autumn release date of Oct 7th 2016.
The first single from the LP, which was released earlier in the year: “No, You're a Rabbit” graced many airwaves across Ireland including coveted National Playlists. Follow up track ‘Hospital’ was released on August 26th. It has so far received a great response including being chosen as the Ian Dempsey Breakfast show song of the week. The LP was Recorded by Jack Dunne and Cian Donohoe in Windmill lane and Block C Studios. Mixed and Mastered by Martin Quinn in Jam Studios in Kells.
‘Hospital’ documents a recent close encounter with death by a member of the band Joe Carroll: "I was on my way home from a friend's birthday party on a hired coach. There weren't enough seats so I was standing up at the back. I leaned back and fell out of the door and onto the motorway. I don't remember much of the incident itself and the next thing I remember was lying on a trolley in the hospital in a neck brace. Luckily I didn't sustain any lasting injuries but I was fully aware of how close I came to being much worse off. On my second day in hospital I heard a nurse using some sort of machine behind the curtain on the patient next to me. It was bleeping with two harmonious tones. Something told me I had to make a song out of it so I recorded it on my phone (which had miraculously survived the fall). A few days later when I was at home and feeling a little better I put the recording onto my laptop and recorded a rough draft of the song "Hospital". The song is a document of my experience that night, and my realisation that life is very fragile and something to be cherished."
HEROES IN HIDING ARE:
Joe Carroll - Vox, Acoustic Guitar and Keys
Liam McCabe - Vox, Bass, Violin, Sax, electronics,
Oisin Jacob - Vox, Electric Guitar and Kalimba
Cian Donohoe – Drums & Percussion.
Chris Slade, born in Pontypridd, Wales, is a rock drummer who has enjoyed a long and varied career. His musical journey can be traced back to 1963; Chris came from the same area as fellow Welshmen Tom Jones and played drums in the singer's backing band, The Squires, for seven years. His first real success came in 1965 when he played on Tom's hit single 'It's Not Unusual'. Chris subsequently toured with Tom Jones before quitting in 1969 to join a group called "Toomorrow" whose vocal attraction was an Australian blonde called Olivia Newton-John.
Returning to session work, Chris recorded albums with Tony Hazzard and Tom Paxton in 1971, before becoming a founding member of Manfred Mann's Earth Band in March of 1972. He was to spend six years with the band, recording eight albums and achieving three UK Top Ten singles in the process: ''Joybringer' (No. 9, October 1973), 'Blinded By The Light' (No. 6, September 1976) and 'Davy's On The Road Again' (No.6, June 1978). Chris, along with some other former Earth Band members, also headed up a short-lived off-shoot of the band that Chris had named "Terra Nova" in 1978, producing one recording and a few live shows.
After the Earth Band era, Chris recorded two albums in 1979, first with Frankie Miller, and next with Kai Olsson, before joining Uriah Heep in time to play on their 'Conquest' album in 1980. After that, Chris Slade teamed up with Gary Numan, Bad Company guitarist Mick Ralphs in the Mick Ralphs Band - the same line-up also toured as back-up band for Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour. After the close of that tour he teamed up with Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers and bassist Tony Franklin to form "The Firm" at the end of 1984. The Firm didn't quite live up to the enormous reputations of its individual members, although they did produce two excellent albums for Atlantic in 1985 and 1986 that gave them a few radio hits including "Radioactive" and “Satisfaction Guaranteed."
Then Chris joined up with Gary Moore on a temporary basis, taking over from Cozy Powell just four days before the start of the 1989 'After The War' tour. It was at one of Gary Moore's gigs in Los Angeles that Malcolm Young saw Chris Slade play. After the tour it was Chris's intention to put together a band with ex-Aerosmith guitarist Rick Dufay. But the call from AC/DC scuppered those plans as he was destined to tour and record with them over the course of the next five years, playing on their acclaimed "Razors Edge" Album, and giving a killer performance on their concert DVD "Live from Donington".
After his stint with AC/DC Chris joined up with 80's prog-rock band "Asia", who (even with the many personnel changes over the years) had still been managing to churn out some excellent music. Chris recorded with them on their 2000-2004 studio recordings, "Aura" and "Silent Nation", and put forth his "trademark" energy-filled live performances on all the subsequent tours that ensued
Now, having parted ways with "Asia" in 2005 to pursue other musical ventures, and his new line of personalized "Drums" and "Drum Jewelry", Chris is currently rehearsing for a new album with english power trio
"Damage Control" featuring Pete Way of "UFO" and Robin George.
On the 29th of November 2018, three piece Ambi-Groove band Dreaming of Jupiter will release their debut EP ‘Fading’ in the The Button Factory, Dublin. The EP will reveal the music the trio have been working on for the past year and will include four tracks. During the show, the band will be joined by renowned Dublin-based visual artist and NCAD graduate Jessie Hopkins, who will create a work of art in real-time with the band on stage during the live performance of the EP title track ‘Fading’. Jessie uses full body participation in the creation of her work, using the music as her muse, her painting will manifest as a visual representation of the energy shared between her and the band during their performance of the song. The performance will lead to the creation of a one-off very unique painting, a visual representation of the energy of the show.
The track itself, ‘Fading’, is a dark, electro-pop anthem with a strong groove presence and deep textural palette, reminiscent of the likes of Massive Attack and Little Dragon, with a dark soulful twist. The lyrics, which float between English and Spanish, deal with various themes including memory, grief, self-worth and sexuality among others.
Other tracks on the EP include releases from this year ‘Let Me Down’ and ‘Right Kind of Love’. Both tracks received very positive critical reviews from the likes of Ireland’s Nialler 9 Blog and the UK’s Clash Magazine, who when reviewing Dreaming of Jupiter made the following statement:
“Dreaming Of Jupiter seem to make each step count. The rising trio have a soulful sound, one matched to effervescent pop and an ability to side-step trends. Carving out their own path, each new release represents a step forward, with Dreaming Of Jupiter continuing to excel.”
The fourth and final track from the EP will be ‘Solace’ - a melodic and melancholic slow-jam which deals with the release and peace creativity gives an artist when dealing with loss and grief. The band regularly make reference to the solace they find through composition and performance - ‘no matter what goes right or wrong in life - music will always be the creative outlet that brings us back to life, it gives us purpose, it helps us uncover who we are, what we are feeling and how we deal with living’.
Having worked with staff and students from Dublin’s Sound Training Centre for the Searchlight Showcase back in early 2018, Dreaming of Jupiter have collaborated with a team of professionals to create a visually stunning show for ‘Fading’, including top of the line lighting and visuals for the production.
Doors will open at 7.30pm and the show starts at 8.30pm, with support from ROE.
Vernon Jane are a Jazz Punk band from Dublin who have grown from strength to strength since their first EP release ‘The Inner Workings of a Damaged Nobody” in which the band played to a sold out show in the Opium Rooms. The release led to multiple festival appearances including Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, Liverpool Sound City and a headline slot at Knockanstockan in 2016.
2017 brought Vernon Janes biggest success thus far in their single “Fuck Me”. The animated video for ‘Fuck Me’ went viral across multiple websites including Reddit which resulted in the views of the video increasing from 5,000 to 50,000 views over night on Youtube. This publicity led to contact from a record label in China ‘Pocket Records’ and the band have recently just signed a deal which will see their music being distributed across multiple platforms in the growing Chinese market.
But it is Vernon Janes live show which has people coming back for more. The intensity, creativity and hard work Vernon Jane put in behind the scenes is the reason why they also sold out Whelans Main Room with the release of their single ‘Fuck Me’ in early 2017. After a summer of song writing in New York and finishing the year with over 100,000 plays on Spotify, Vernon Jane have set themselves the task of selling out The Sugar Club for their upcoming release on 7th April 2018.
Opium Rooms. Whelans. Sugar Club. Whats next for this little band from Dublin?
The Button Factory is delighted to present a fantastic brand new cabaret style show MAGICAL MAYHEM with KEITH BARRY & FRIENDS. This special event will begin at 7pm sharp on August 9th and will feature visual comedy, hypnotherapy, close up illusions and magic aplenty.
In this one off show Keith will implant thoughts, extract thoughts, and influence the behaviour of a number of unsuspecting audience members. No-one is safe.
He will also introduce his friends and colleagues from the World's of comedy and magic who will have you laughing until your faces hurt and be fooled very badly as well. Indeed his partner in crime on the night, comedy magician Colm Dawson, will perform a never before seen feat of magic that will blow your minds. A night not to be missed.
Tickets to this seated event will cost €25 including fees.