10 acts to see at Sea Sessions
Donegal has given us many things over the years; Packie Bonner, Shay Given, Enya, Football Special and that ginger bloke from Blind Date. But the finest thing that Donegal has given us lately is Sea Sessions, the surf and music festival that kicks off in Bundoran this weekend. Below is a list of a few bands that we think you should check out over the weekend.
See also: Sea Sessions Line-up and Stage Times
A going concern for 20 years now, the Dandy’s have packed a lot in to that time. They’ve starred in an award-winning documentary, complained that heroin was passé and helped flog several bucket-loads of mobile phones but they’ll still never be as cool as Kim Deal.
New Secret Weapon
Forming after a chance meeting seven years ago at Knockanstockan, New Secret Weapon finally released their superb debut album earlier this year. They blew the roof off the tent at Forbidden Fruit earlier this month and are sure to do the same at Sea Sessions. Comparisons have been made to Queens of the Stone Age and Zappa among others. Those that check them out live will not be disappointed.
They’ve attracted a lot of attention for their rowdy live shows and with this being a home county show for Mojo Gogo, it’s sure to be even more raucous than usual. They’ll be back in Donegal to play their own Aranmojo festival later in the summer too. Expect many anthems like this one, 4.20, during what could be one of the gigs of the weekend.
You may not have heard about these guys but they’re really young but they play the blues like veterans…oh, you have heard that? Yes they have been the subject of much hype and their debut album was good but maybe not as good as people were expecting but The Strypes are still a fantastic live band and they’ve been on Letterman more times than you have.
Leftfield (DJ Set)
Responsible for two of the best dance albums ever, ‘Rhythm and Stealth’ and ‘Leftism’, Phil Barnes of Leftfield will bring his DJ set to the beach for what is sure to be an explosive show. In more good news, Leftfield are currently working on new material. Hopefully it will be as good as ‘Open Up’.
The brothers Loveless make up one of the UK’s exciting new acts Drenge. They released their self-titled debut album to critical acclaim last year and they’re grungy, garage-rock sound is sure to go down a treat with the masses of Donegal. Check out ‘Face Like a Skull’ from that debut album.
Little Matador may be fronted by a member of Snow Patrol but they are a totally different beast to Nathan Connolly’s day job. Together with former members of The Frames, Idlewild and Tired Pony, Connolly has put together Little Matador and released their debut album, a record that features a slew of big filthy rockers that are just made for a festival stage.
Dublin band Funeral Suits have recently released their debut album ‘Lily of the Valley’ to positive reaction. On that album they have woven some epic sounscapes together with the expert help of none other than Stephen Street (producer for The Smiths and Morrissey for those who don’t know). They also score points for their album title being a Breaking Bad reference.
Part comedian, part musician and impressive champion beatboxer; Beardyman’s live shows are a site to behold. We could say more but watching this video should be all the encouragement that you need.
In Their Thousands
Another band that will be playing on their home turf is In Their Thousands. The band have achieved a lot in the three short years since their formation and have already played a number of festivals around the country but this one is sure to be extra special. Check out ‘Tear It All Apart’ below.