Royseven talk Need for Speed Most Wanted, Nerds and X-Factor.

Need for Speed Most Wanted

It was in the plush surrounds of the Radisson Hotel Golden Lane that I caught up with the golden boys of the Irish rock scene – Royseven. Still fresh from the success of their album ‘You Say, We Say’, the likeable Dubliners had been invited along to sample EA’s latest release – Need for Speed Most Wanted. Keen gamers, it was something they were only too happy to do, and was only too happy to sit in on some inter-band sparring as lads discussed their console fetishes and plans for the future. Culch: So who is the best gamer? Paul: It’s probably Sam….well, Sam’s probably the most dedicated gamer in that he’s constantly online playing games! Sam: I grew up playing games, I had every console going from C64 to Amiga 500 then on to NES… Lego: My first was an Amstrad and you had to load it up … There’s more

Music News: Jape Wins Meteor Choice Music Prize 2011

The Olympia Theatre was jammers last night for Choice Music Prize 2011 which  saw performances from all ten of the nominated acts. Highlights included a rousing performance of Here Be Monsters from Tieranniesaur, Pugwash being joined on stage for a spot of kazoo playing by Phantom Pure Morning‘s Richie McCormack and Michelle Doherty, Jape having a wee lie down on the stage mid-song, ASIWYFA’s drummer pulling his shirt off and Rory and Johnny tearing around the stage in their suits, and the silence that fell over the chattering Olympia crowd when Lisa Hannigan kicked off her performance, before revving up the masses by banging her high heels  through a stomping rendition of Knots. Eventual winner Jape was announced by head of the judging panel Tony Clayton-Lea. Jape bagged a €10,000 prize fund and was shocked to take the prize for a second time, admitting that he thought it was Lisa Hannigan’s … There’s more

Festival News: New Acts Hitting The Westport Festival

Exciting news for those Mayo-bound* this summer. More diverse and delightful acts have been confirmed for the Westport Festival Of Music and Performing Arts, set for Saturday June 23rd/Sunday June 24th. Also flaking it to the stage are the legendary Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, rockabilly and glamorous hair-roll sensation Imelda May, towering diva Macy Gray, Irish punk legends The Undertones,  Dublin rockers Royseven, weirdly attractive Northern hipfolksters The Lost Brothers, and Californian singer songwriter Rocco DeLuca, who. Is. Amazing. And very cute, in a scruffy kind of way. Like myself, shure. For more details, shunt yourself back to last week’s update, or check out the festival’s homepage. *Doesn’t “Mayo-bound” sound like a posh way of describing a sandwich? Ah it does.

Free Gig: RoySeven, The Original Rude Boys and Red Empire

XMusic and Dublin City fm PROUDLY PRESENT- RoySeven, The Original Rude Boys and Red Empire. 103.2 Dublin CIty FM will broadcast live from the X Music Superstore, Red Cow Retail Centre this coming Saturday 28th January from 2-5pm and you are invited to come along to this FREE [and fair play lads etc] music gig. Royseven, The Original Rude Boys and Red Empire live and also The legendary Mik the Who and his ’Classic Rock’ programme will also broadcast live from the store. If you can’t make it to The X Music Superstore – the place to visit with it’s huge range of musical instruments and accessories [that tagline goes in coz fair play to them for not being cheezy and Royseven rule]. directions to X music Superstore 103.2 Dublin city FM or live online More info via X Music on Twitter or on the Facebook Memo.

Events: FirstFortnight kicks off tomorrow with Delorentos/Tieranniesaur @ The Workman’s for €5

Our New Year’s resolution here in Culch Towers is to be more deadly. More deadly, you see, because we’re already a degree of deadly. (1% is still a percentage, friends.) First on the list is to go to more gigs in 2012… so step up FirstFortnight you are all over our radar. The 10-day festival (now in its third year, though it’s first time out as a 10-dayer) is a mental health-based arts festival full of live music, spoken word, theatre and film events. The organisers say they expect the first two weeks of January to become synonymous with mental health awareness and ending stigma and if dancing to Tieranniesaur is the way to do that, we’re all over it. Kicking off tomorrow night in The Workman’s Club (say it with us now y’all: Culch is gay for The Workman’s) the first of the Therapy Sessions is just €5 and … There’s more

Events: FM104′s ‘The Gig’

What are you doing on Friday October 14th? We only ask because we reckon FM104′s ‘The Gig’ – with proceeds going to the Help A Dublin Child appeal – is well worth a look. Featuring Bressie, Royseven and Cars Love Girls who’ve all been on the festival circuit and impressing music reviewers like ourselves all summer, it’s also playing host to veteran rockers Aslan. Yep, they of Summer in Dublin fame – and while we don’t actually remember anything like a summer in Dublin this year we’re still up for hearing a classic performed live. Not enough for you? Then it’s probably worth noting that the headliner is none other than Olly Murs. It’s for charity. We like charity. We also like good music and they’re covered on that score. Tickets are €30 (standing) or €35 (seated) and you can get them at the usual. Sorted? Sorted.