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Re: News/Reviews

Postby pigography » Tue May 26, 2009 10:04 pm

I also just found this:
Track by Track by Paul Noonan:

The Ribs of a Broken Umbrella: I met an old man in a bar in New York who had come to America many years before from Poland to seek a better life. He knew that a girl from his home town had also made the journey west, and they had planned to meet in New York City. He had hoped to make her his wife, but he couldn't get in touch with her, and still carried a photograph of her in his wallet. He had lived most of his life in New York, and never married, always holding a candle.

How Your Heart is Wired was written on a piano in a music school in Rathmines, Dublin. We dressed the song in beats and sounds from little black boxes. The end section was an extended wig-out we did during one of the takes, and liked. Makes it sound more purple!

The Great Defector: Touring can do funny things to a fella…There is sometimes an unhinged exhilaration to the transience of it all - the constant newness of everything, the people you meet, the sociable hours, bad food and boozing. The song is I suppose a celebration of the madness

Blow Ins: If all time since the Big Bang was compressed into a single day, we humans would only be around for the last few seconds. I find this staggering. Our limitations as humans mean that we can't imagine what forms of life are undoubtedly to come, or how the very idea of life and existence will evolve. In short, we ain't all that.

Ameila: Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, and an inspiration to many. She disappeared over the Pacific in 1937. There is much speculation about what happened. Her co-pilot was Fred Noonan….!

A Better Band: I'm often overwhelmed by the great music that is and has been. This song is like a self help tape we can listen to in our sleep - "I am a strong, confident woman...” It has 3 movements (one, two, and bowel)...so maybe dips a toe into the Sea of Prog Rock? This was the hardest tune to make work but we love playing it live.

Breastfed: Low Fat! Skimmed! Semi Skimmed! Super! 2%! 3%! I remember as a young boy on the farm going to the fridge for a glass of frothy, unpasteurised milk that had shortly before come from the cows udder... ah them were the days!

Light Catches Your Face: The simplest, everything-played-and-sung-live song on the record. One of those very satisfying recording moments. A Hamlet cigar moment, if those yokes weren't so manky.

One Stringed Harp: We wanted this to be theatrical, in a lush, timpani-and-fanfare Bacharach kind of way. Check out the "ba be ba" backing vocals in the middle 8 - still not sure about them. A 4-man (gentle) rant against being bombarded with how-to-live-your-life-and-hold-the-correct-opinions.

The Curtains are Twitching: I’m very excited about the brass on this one. I heard a New Orleans funeral march over the latter part of the song (in me head) so we found a brass section in New Orleans, sent them the tune and they sent us back the brass part...very satisfying.
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Re: News/Reviews

Postby evie09 » Mon Jun 01, 2009 10:39 pm

pigography wrote:I also just found this:
Track by Track by Paul Noonan:

Breastfed: Low Fat! Skimmed! Semi Skimmed! Super! 2%! 3%! I remember as a young boy on the farm going to the fridge for a glass of frothy, unpasteurised milk that had shortly before come from the cows udder... ah them were the days!


I wonder if he's heard the ad they're playin at the moment on RTE around the time of the weather forecast after the news... it's for 'lactose free' milk... which is takin it to a whole nother level...
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Re: News/Reviews

Postby Colm » Thu Nov 26, 2009 12:52 am

Bump!

How Your Heart Is Wired is the new single according to Alison Curtis.
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Re: News/Reviews

Postby Mully » Thu Nov 26, 2009 9:24 am

Colm wrote:Bump!

How Your Heart Is Wired is the new single according to Alison Curtis.


I was only wondering about this the other day ... There is an Amelia Earhart film due out with Hilary Swank. A radio release of the Bellies song would have been a good idea only for the film not getting a cinema relase in Ireland.
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Re: News/Reviews

Postby Colm » Thu Jan 21, 2010 6:10 pm

Bellies to headline Irish in Film Oscars party:

http://www.hotpress.com/Bell%20X1/news/ ... 66761.html

Some great videos from Eletcric Picnic up on YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/bellx1video#p/u/2/CdxbzP_Zrw8
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Re: News/Reviews

Postby Nathalie » Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:46 pm

Nice one. Soon they'll appear in the National Enquirer, mixing with the very rich and very famous... :mrgreen:
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Re: News/Reviews

Postby Colm » Fri Jun 25, 2010 3:39 pm

Paul has a column in Day and Night in the Indo today. He hints at playing new songs at Oxegen! :D
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Re: News/Reviews

Postby pigography » Sat Jun 26, 2010 12:29 pm

Really? :D
Is his column viewable online?
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Re: News/Reviews

Postby Colm » Sat Jun 26, 2010 6:39 pm

pigography wrote:Really? :D
Is his column viewable online?


Had a look for it on the Indo website but can't find it anywhere. He basically said that because The Great Defector went down so well at Oxegen '08, they're gonna chance their arm again this year.
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Re: News/Reviews

Postby pigography » Tue Jul 13, 2010 1:31 am

North American Acoustic Tour 2010
We are happy to announce that we will be heading back to North America in October for a special Acoustic Tour.

Details are below:

North American Acoustic Tour 2010

Oct 6 Philadelphia, PA – The Tin Angel
Oct 7 New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
Oct 8 Cambridge, MA – The Brattle Theatre
Oct 9 Northampton, Ma – The Iron Horse Hall
Oct 11 Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark
Oct 12 Toronto, Ontario – The Drake Hotel :D :D :D
Oct 14 Chicago, IL –Schubas
Oct 15 Louisville, KY –Zanzibar
Oct 16 Pittsburgh, PA – Club Café
Oct 17 Vienna, VA – Jammin Java’s
Oct 20 Los Angeles, CA – Hotel Café
Oct 21 San Francisco, CA – Swedish American Hall

OH HELLS YEAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!! October suddenly seems a lot brighter!
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Re: News/Reviews

Postby Melody55555 » Tue Jul 13, 2010 4:16 am

pigography wrote:North American Acoustic Tour 2010
We are happy to announce that we will be heading back to North America in October for a special Acoustic Tour.

Details are below:

North American Acoustic Tour 2010

Oct 6 Philadelphia, PA – The Tin Angel
Oct 7 New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
Oct 8 Cambridge, MA – The Brattle Theatre
Oct 9 Northampton, Ma – The Iron Horse Hall
Oct 11 Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark
Oct 12 Toronto, Ontario – The Drake Hotel :D :D :D
Oct 14 Chicago, IL –Schubas
Oct 15 Louisville, KY –Zanzibar
Oct 16 Pittsburgh, PA – Club Café
Oct 17 Vienna, VA – Jammin Java’s
Oct 20 Los Angeles, CA – Hotel Café
Oct 21 San Francisco, CA – Swedish American Hall

OH HELLS YEAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!! October suddenly seems a lot brighter!

It IS a beautiful thing! I hope to be at either the Toronto or Pittsburgh shows; both if I'm lucky...
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Re: News/Reviews

Postby Mully » Tue Jul 13, 2010 3:00 pm

Oxegen Interview with Dave & Paul

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TAaprB8piE
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Re: News/Reviews

Postby Colm » Thu Apr 21, 2011 5:09 pm

"If all time was but a day,
We'd show up around midnight and say hey"
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Re: News/Reviews

Postby VocalicPage » Fri Apr 22, 2011 5:10 am

I'm glad you bumped it back up! I'd never read that track-by-track discussion of Blue Lights on the Runway before. (It might get bumped back to another page when I post this.) The Ribs of a Broken Umbrella will no longer be "the scary stalker song" in my mind. Seriously, it disturbed me more than a little bit the first time I heard it.
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Re: News/Reviews

Postby Colm » Tue May 10, 2011 3:47 pm

Links to a few interviews here:

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/enter ... 52174.html
http://www.indielondon.co.uk/Music-Revi ... -interview
http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2 ... ll-x1.html

The Belfast Telegraph one quotes Paul as saying Londonderry, but I'd say they might have used a bit of artistic licence there!
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