Continuing our challenge to ourselves to pick 5 acts from each county in Ireland that are making a name for themselves on the current music scene, today we’re visiting our smallest county. These ‘Top 5 picks’ from County Louth will make you believe that good things really do come in small packages. An Lú abú!

Nix Moon

Dundalk’s Nix Moon played such an impressive set at the main stage of Vantastival that I had to go see them again in the bar later that day. They are the quintessential festival band; baggy trousers, flowing hair and beards, and a barefoot, world-travelling, bongo player. The five piece play from a broad palette of genres and rhythms. They describe their sound as “Eastern-psychedelic-folk-jazz with a hint of prog, and a bit of reggae, ambient, and fusion.” They launched their debut EP, Soul Traffic, on July 1st in The Spirit Store. They’ve just played B.A.R.E. in the Woods and will be appearing at Knockanstockan at the end of the month.

We, The Oceanographers

We, The Oceanographers are Conall McIntyre, Joseph Edwards, and Sean Bradley . Their debut album, @Ventures.002, came out in 2015 and was widely praised for its lo-fi, indie-folk sensibilities with nods to post-rock and electro. From their base in Dundalk, they’ve recently toured the UK and Scandinavia as well as becoming regulars on the Irish festival circuit. They’ve played shows with We Cut Corners, Funeral Suits and Le Galaxie.

While we wait for their second album you can still enjoy their Christmas single from last year; “Christmas At The International Space Station”.

Black Svan

Black Svan formed in 2009 in Drogheda. They’re a five piece metal band whose sound is heavily influenced by American rock and metal bands like Pantera, Alice in Chains, Soil and Disturbed. In 2010 they toured Europe with Fozzy and Stuck Mojo and they have since supported the likes of Diamond Head and Kerbdog. In 2014 their debut album, 16 Minutes went to No.1 in the Irish Metal Charts and was produced by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat). Their new single, ‘Liar’, has just come out and they have a headline show in The Spirit Store on August 20th.

Accidents In The Workplace

Straight outta Emyvale, the hard rocking Accidents in the Workplace blend funk and blues into their classic rock template. Their hypnotic lead singer, Lauren Murphy, is like a Gothic Stevie Nicks with bright red hair, a florescent crucifix, and shimmering butterfly wings hanging from her outstretched arms as she performs. Their debut EP is due very soon.

Catch their tribute to Prince here.

RichardRichard

Dundalk’s RichardRichard describe their music as “Dance music played with guitars” which is pretty spot-on. Louth’s answer to Franz Ferdinand owe as much to Vampire Weekend and Talking Heads as they do to Blondie but they deliver far more direct tunes that hook you in on first listen and reveal more layers with each spin. Their blend of tight harmonies, infectious beats and choppy guitars takes all that’s good about indie music and wraps it up in mainstream pop.