Limerick is a city that seems to be crawling with musical talent lately. We’ve challenged ourselves to compile a list of the top 5 Limerick bands that are especially worth checking out.
Bleeding Heart Pigeons
Since forming in 2008, the experimental rock band Bleeding Heart Pigeons have gone on to support exceptional musicians including Father John Misty and the critically acclaimed grunge band Pixies in Iveagh Gardens, Dublin. The trio have recently released their debut album “Is” which captures their shambolic sound and intense music-making ability. It’s hard not to succumb to their propulsive track ‘O Happy Happy Happy’.
Rusangano Family is a hip-hop group consisting of members God Knows, MuRli and mynameisjOhn. Their sound has an old-school charm with mostly bass-driven tracks with RNB sounds and electronic instrumentation embedded. There’s a clarity to their vocals which cut through the mix and edges us towards the dancefloor. The group are keen absorbers of their surroundings and touch on topics including politics, identity and relationships. Their debut album, “Let the Dead Bury the Dead” explores the struggles of an African immigrant living in Ireland. The group have been well-received and highly praised by The Irish Times, Nialler9, Pitchfork, and have led to support slots with Snoop Dogg and Run the Jewels.
Indie rock band, Fox Jaw create very rock ‘n’ roll, cosmic guitar storm tracks with menacing moods and explosive outbursts that are raggedly beautiful. The band have gone on to share stages with artists such as Calvin Harris, Fight Like Apes and Jape. Their sound is tinged with abrasive punk rock distortion and dark dream-pop melodies. ‘Do You Want it All’ is a song off their untitled upcoming September EP and was released at the beginning of the year. The song is strictly rock ‘n’ roll but with a eerie seductive swing.
Randolf and the Crokers
With a deep southern musical sensibility of the USA, it’s hard to believe that this is an out and out Irish band. Forming in late 2011, Randolph and the Crokers are a contemporary folk band consisting of Shane Storan, Clare O’Brien, Keith Kelly, Dane Staunton, Jarlath Byrne and Shay Peters. Since releasing their debut EP ‘Conversation Amongst the Ruins’ in May 2015, the band have been touring across Ireland showcasing their music. Their debut single ‘Hangin’ from their 2015 EP has a joyous simplicity with lovelorn lyrics and a sunshine sound that’s bound to get stuck in your head.
Protobaby is made up of Colm McGuinness (Vocals), Tony Monahan (Electric guitar), Bryan Ronan (Drums) and Aidan Graham (Bass). Since forming in 2011, the band have toured all over Ireland, UK, Poland and Netherlands. Protobaby have an edgy and punk rock sound that often drifts into the territory of bands like Joy Division, Interpol and Editors while still remaining distinctive in their own right. Following the homecoming of frontman Colm McGuiness, Protobaby have returned to their original line-up and have released a brand new album ‘Cosmic Heart’ at the start of 2016 which has received excellent feedback.