The Saw Doctors' co-leader, singer/guitarist Leo Moran, writes in his liner notes to the band's first live album that, while fans consistently prefer their concerts to their albums, he had opposed releasing a live disc, which he felt couldn't hope to match the experience of being at one of their shows. Giving in, he offers "Apologies for some of the imperfections….There's Davey [Carton] laughing in the middle of singing a good few songs, the backing vocals aren't what they should be a lot of the time and all that kind of stuff."
Recorded in the venerable Irish veterans’ favorite Cape Cod venue circa August 2008, LIVE AT THE MELODY TENT is a boisterous, often moving distillation of the band’s Celtic folk-cum-pub rock legacy. The 14 songs were hand-selected by the group, leaving it no wonder that virtually every track, be it the ska-inspired hopefulness of “Will It Ever Stop Raining?” or romantic drive and handclap/sing-along chorus of “That’s What She Said Last Night,” enthusiastically encapsulates the group’s restless spirit. They may not be as debauched as the Pogues or as righteously stripped-down as Billy Bragg, but MELODY TENT is an awesome testament to their status as fierce songwriters and proud countrymen.
The Further Adventures of the Saw Doctors, the seventh studio record from the Veteran Irish rockers of the same name, was recorded in Grouse Lodge Studios and produced by Philip Tennant. Boasting a glossier, more contemporary sheen than previous outings, the album cracked the Top 100 in the U.K. album charts in its first week.
The laserpunk duo Rainbowlicker, consisting of Johan (ex-Beastmilk) and Peps (ex-Creepy Crawlie), has for quite some time aroused attention with their live performances, but until now the worrisome twosome hasn't been successfully persuaded to enter the studio.
Peps and Johan's music draws inspiration from the fury of punk rock and riot grrrl subculture and drowns them in electronic pulsating waves of sound. The eclectic electric group has been difficult to pin down, and their music has shaken the walls of art galleries as well as rat-infested Russian squats.