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To celebrate this year's Glasgowbury festival, Hot Press presents this exclusive online compilation, bringing together some of the most exciting artists set to grace the County Derry festival.
The Hot Press Newsdesk, 16 Jul 2010
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1. Axis Of – Brobdingnagian
Yes, we would have preferred if they’d submitted the heroically titled ‘Swine Flu vs Bird Flu’, but let’s not fall out with Axis Of over that. Hardcore to their hardened cores, the Portstewart trio wished us all an angry new year by releasing the pot-boiling ‘Brobdingnagian’ way back in January. But while 2010 has got steadily worse, they’ve only got better and better.
2. Pocket Billiards – Dirty Money
You might imagine that, in a list of things the world really doesn’t need any more of right now, punk/ska bands come in just below devalued currencies, rapacious oil companies and, wrong-headed military expeditions. Wrong. The exception are Pocket Billiards. A nine strong mob of Special Brew balladeers and wonderfully low-rent laureates – they’re 2-Tone, but (as the superb ‘Dirty Money’ proves) in a multi-coloured way.
3. More Than Conquerors
Home Is A Red Dress
Nice boys, nice fringes, nice smudgy riffs and choruses – if by the year’s end, More Than Conquerors haven’t provided the backing for a dramatic climax in Misfits, or been romantically linked with a Geldof (not Bob), the world is indeed couped.
4. Key Of Atlas – Someone Help Me
This lot can write hooks that don’t lodge in your brain – they positively infest it. But, much as we love ‘Someone Help Me’, let’s hope you don’t – out of necessity – have to sing it too loudly in the field.
5. General Fiasco
We Are The Foolish
(from the album Buildings)
So close to home are General Fiasco when they play Glasgowbury, they probably travelled further on afternoons when they beaked off school. Expect, then, a rousing home-town reception for the power pop tyros to celebrate the success of their superb debut LP, Buildings. ‘We Are The Foolish’ is a great taster...
6. Panama Kings – Children
No longer Henry, but not yet Lear, Panama Kings have enjoyed a cosy reign over parts of the Belfast music scene for quite some time now. A stirring introduction, ‘Children’, their first single, remains their finest moment.