Belfast three-piece band Hot Cops draw their inspiration from raggedy indie and grunge dirges. Live, they are beamed from the original era with withdrawn stares and loose clothing. On record, it’s all angst-driven slow rock with spiralling Pavement-esque melodies. New single Dumbo on Paper Trail Records is a prickly song about a baby elephant trying to keep up with the herd.
Mob Wife are a new noise rock/punk band consisting of Chris Leckey (PigsAsPeople, Via:
Barvikha), Mark McDaid (Gascan Ruckus, Two Glass Eyes) and Carl Small (Ghost Office,
MOSA), their first single Warm Water is a blistering and forthright introduction to the newly
formed band. Featuring influences from bands such as Metz, Thee Oh Sees, Pile and Meat
Wave, Mob Wife galvanize the modern noise rock sound with an appreciation for the older
post-hardcore bands such as Drive Like Jehu and At The Drive-In.
Ghost Office are a post-punk band from Belfast. Their combination of minimalist musicianship with maximalist lyrics supports a philosophy of excess and redundancy. This is one of the many paradoxes that plague the minds of the three-piece. Some say they make it work, others bottle them off stage. They also say that art is at its best when it divides.
‘An ambitious alt. rock sound sits at the core of ‘Brendan Rogers’. A song teeming with large dynamic movements, jolting guitars and emotive vocals, the music of Ferals is brought to the fore in a track that collides and smashes its way from start to finish.’ – the last mix tape.