Galway Sounds: June

Galway Sounds is a monthly feature on our website that will promote local gigs by original, Irish musicians. All of these artists are creating something original and can put on a good show. Read on to find out what’s on in June…

Well the month of May absolutely flew by, with loads of fantastic shows happening around town. June promises to be even more crazy, in an exciting way. There is no sign of a lull before next month’s Arts Festival as we will be treated to shows by some of the best bands in Ireland this month. Check them out below.

Just Mustard // Róisín Dubh // Friday 14th June

Just Mustard are beginning to receive international recognition, of which there will surely be a lot more to come. Their debut album, Wednesday, was released through Pizza Pizza Records and was nominated for a Choice Music Award in 2018. This hard-earned praise on home shores has since been echoed overseas. Stereogum premiered their new single, “October”, last month and NME list them as a band “proving Ireland is the new home of punk”. Just Mustard’s current reputation has even warranted a slot at the prestigious Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona. Despite all the praise directed at their recorded output, Just Mustard are a band best enjoyed live. Indeed, their album was quite rightly recorded live. The Dundalk band create atmospheric, biting instrumentals layered with ethereal, dreamy vocals. They are often described as noise-rock, but there’s much more melody here than you would think, albeit mixed with industrial grittiness. Head along and get a glimpse of Just Mustard before they, inevitably, make big waves.

For fans of: Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, Girl Band

Maria Somerville // Áras Éanna, Inis Oírr // Saturday 15th June

Maria Somerville is a truly original artist. She grew up in Cornamona and the Connemara landscape influenced her music. This effect is not always in the rugged, rural and wind-battered style you might imagine. More often, her music channels the dreamy, fantastical wonder of a land steeped in Ireland’s history and folklore. Her celestial voice floats through the mystical music to create vivid imagery. To celebrate the release of her album, All My People, she will be playing an intimate show at one of my favourite venues in the county. Áras Éanna, the Arts Centre on Inis Oírr, is like a lighthouse of culture atop a rocky mound on the island. It has a theatre-style performance area. The stage and the audience is completely dressed in black, with lights drawing all focus to the stage. It’s a place where you can get lost in the music; the perfect setting to experience Maria Somerville. Ticket details HERE.

For fans of: Daithí, Bon Iver, Ana Roxanne

Eclectics: Fonda w/ Field Trip & Hey Rusty // The Black Gate // 5th/19th/26th June

There is a new Irish music showcase happening on Wednesdays in The Black Gate. It’s called Eclectics and the listings for the first few shows are very exciting. Headliners on the 5th of June, Fonda are a band from Limerick that create lo-fi, fuzzy guitar music and write humorous lyrics about all aspects of Irish life and lethargy. This is classic slacker-rock. It pays homage to the likes of Pavement and Guided By Voices, but takes the majority of its influence from the band’s surroundings. This show also sees the very welcomed return of local favourites Field Trip after a break from live shows to focus on recording a debut album. The Galway-born Indie rockers specialise in bright, uplifting melodies juxtaposed with emotivel, sometimes heart-breaking, lyrics. Field Trip are a band that have the ability to tug the heart-strings while making you dance and tap your feet. That’s a quality that always makes for a memorable live show.

For fans of: So Cow, Pavement, Squarehead

Words That Burn // The Cellar Bar // Saturday 22nd June

If you like your music loud (and we mean, really loud!), Words That Burn are the band for you. The four-piece from Dundalk are one of the best metal bands in Ireland at the moment. Their musical prowess is second-to-none, with intricate bass lines, guitars that mix the right levels of noise and shimmer, and vocals that will make you shiver. Words That Burn make brilliant use of trippy electronic sounds to give more texture than most other metal bands. The overall sound and arrangement of their music means that they might be the perfect gateway into the world of melodic metal. Since 2016, Words That Burn haven been on the road quite extensively with shows all around the country and continent. They’ve played dates in Hungary, Slovenia and Poland, a mainstage slot at Exit Festival in Serbia, Revolution festival in Romania and Aggressive Festival in Czech Republic. They have clearly proven their ability to impress a live audience. And what better way to enjoy a thrashing, raucous rock show than downstairs in The Cellar?

For fans of: Metallica, Iron Maiden, And So I Watch You From Afar

Club Gardenia // The Black Box // Thursday 27th June

This is shaping up to be one of the best events of the month, if not the year! That’s Life, an arts programme run by The Brothers of Charity, are staging an inclusive music event in The Black Box. The show will include some of the best bands around: Oh Boland, Slyrydes, Anna Mullarkey, NewDad and Jack Lee. The performance will take place within a giant art installation created during months of prop making workshops by people with intellectual disabilities. The music for the event is being organised by a coming-together of some of Galway’s finest musical institutions: Citóg Records, Strange Brew, New Heights Music Group and The Open Mic Night in The Róisín Dubh. So you know it’s going to be good quality! Club Gardenia will also feature performances from the mixed abilities group Electric Dreams and tunes from the Bounce DJ Crew. The event will celebrate the high quality projects happening in disability arts while bringing awareness to the wider cultural community.

For fans of: having a good time and being sound!

Club Gardenia at The Black Box - Galway Sounds: June