Cover of “You Spin Me Round (like a record)” for Record Store Gay.

Here is my version of Dead Or Alive’s You Spin Me Round (like a record). It’s being released as part of this years Record Store Gay compilation. A limited run of CDs will be for sale in record shops in Dublin on Record Store Day (April 20th), and at the Record Store Gay event in Outhouse.

Each song on the compilation is also being released as a limited edition melody pop single, just like last year. The melody pops will contain download codes for each acts chosen cover, and a bonus song. My bonus song is Chipped Teeth. 

Last years Record Store Gay was great, and this year is shaping up to be even bigger and better. Well done to Andy from  I ♡ The Monster Hero for organising it all!

Here’s the full compilation. Lots of great covers on it, I’m particularly enjoying Jolene by The Holy Sparks!!!

Record Store Gay 2

Record Store Gay is happening again this year, and I’m delighted to be involved. I recorded a version of Dead Or Alive’s “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)”, and I had a fine time doing it. I’ll post it when it’s back from getting mastered and when the RSG team give me the green light to do so! In the meantime, here are some photos from recording and mixing that particular song. I’m quite fond of taking photos of instruments and recording gear. Yes, I’m a nerd.



My assistant.

Christmas / End of the World post.

So 2012 is almost over, a quiet year on the SIC front, but a good one all the same. Well as good a year as can be expected when you live in a country where the politicians pay themselves and their corporate gambler buddies extra, at the expense of the disabled and less well off. But they’ll get their just desserts sooner or later. Maybe even on December 21st…

The only new thing i released this year was the song Blackest Mirror, part of my contribution to Record Store Gay. Here it is, and since it’s Christmas it’s free to download now too.

The other part of my contribution to that was my cover of Bananarama’s Robert De Niro’s Waiting. I like to think I didn’t completely murder it, though you might feel differently. Anyway, here it is, and it’s free now too so grab it if you want it.

Here’s something from forever ago, as Bon Iver might put it. That’d be 2001 or thereabouts. I happened upon it recently, it was recorded on my trusty old Boss BR8, a fine music recording machine if a little bit limited by todays standards.

Note the fuzz bass and distorted drum machine. I was all about the rawck back then. Good old F.R.O.T.N.Y.

Anyway, that’s enough of the old stuff. Here’s something new from a little side project of instrumentals I’ve been working on. It’s got the rather unseasonable title of On The Prowl, but don’t let that put you off.

Here’s another one. 

I have a bunch of new SIC stuff in the works, so that means there’ll be a new LP sometime in 2013. More info on that in the new year!

I’ve also been playing bass with the band You Kiss By The Book over the last while. Last gig of the year with those guys is on December  23rd in the Grand Social here in Dublin. There’ll be tons of Christmas cheer and bass player impersonations galore from your’s truly, so it should be a fun night.

That’s all from me then, if you’ve made it to the end of this post thanks for reading. And of course for listening. And if the world doesn’t end on the 21st, have a great Christmas!

Live in my living room.

Way back in a previous post you might remember me mentioning my plans to make another video. Well that didn’t work out as planned; I did try to come up with something but let’s just say that video making isn’t my forte. The song I had ben planing on doing a video for was Red Words, Full Of Promises.

However, I didn’t flake out completely! I decided to make a video of a live version of the song and I mic’ed it up all proper for your listening pleasure. It was shot on a sunny evening in my living room by the ever helpful and patient Rita.

I have no plans for anymore gigs this year, I have started work on a new collection of songs though, so when I do play live again it will be with new stuff.

100,000 Times is one year old.

100,000 Times, my debut album, was released a year ago today! As a celebration of sorts, I’ve reduced the price on Bandcamp – only €2 for the download, or €5 for the CD. I’ll keep the prices that way for the next week or so, as I prefer birth-weeks to birthdays. Why have one day of fun when you can have seven?

Gig, June 29th

I’ll be playing on June 29th in the upstairs part of Whelans on Wexford St, Dublin town. The occasion is Twin Terrace‘s album launch, and I’ve coerced a couple of buddies to join me, so we’ll be playing as a three piece on the night; guitar/vocals, drums and keys. That’s a lineup we’ve never tried out live before, so expect a slightly different take on things! 

Record Store Gay.

I’m releasing a cover of the Bananarama song Robert De Niro’s Waiting on April 21st, for Record Store Gay, which is  also the on the same day as Record Store Day. Record Store Gay is a benefit event and release for Outhouse, a community and resource centre for LGBT people, their families and friends.

Record Store Gay will feature a host of Dublin bands and music types doing covers of gay anthems, and there’ll be a gig on the day (first gig of 2012 for me!) taking place at Outhouse. Each band is releasing a single, which will come on a soon to be revealed novelty format, and feature their cover and an original b side. My b side is a new song called Blackest Mirror.

The singles will be available at the gig in Outhouse and also at record stores around Dublin during Record Store Gay/Day!


So this is the often talked about, but only recently experienced 2012. It certainly looks very futuristic when you type or write it, and whatever it holds, I hope it will be a good year for everyone.

2011 saw me release my first album, 100,000 Times, it was something I had worked towards for quite a while so it was great to finally get it out and to play it live. Playing the album as a full band was a brilliant experience, so big thanks to Gareth, Niall, Shane, Andy and Ed for their time and effort in making full band gigs a reality.

It was lovely, and also flattering, to be featured in a couple of “end of year lists”. Tony Clayton Lea of The Irish Times listed Seeping Into Cinemas in his top five Irish artists of 2011, and Handsome Young Stranger featured 100,000 Times as a recommended Irish release of last year. High praise indeed, for which I’m truly grateful!

I had lost all perspective on the album by the time it was released, and I had no idea how it would be received, or if it even would make it on to anyone’s radar, or their music collection. So to the music buying folks who have kindly purchased my stuff, the gig goers, and the writers of kind words, a huge thank you for supporting my music making endeavors throughout 2011.

My main musical plans for 2012 are to write and begin recording a new album, but I intend to continue to play live from time to time. I’m also planning another video for one of the songs off 100,000 Times, more on that in the not too distant future.

Until then, thanks for reading and of course listening and watching!
Happy 2012,


Seeping Into Television

Shoot Out is going to be featured in an episode of a new TV show called The Importance Of Being Whatever. It’s a serialised modern version of the Oscar Wilde play The Iportance Of Being Earnest, and it follows the life of Dublin teenager Tobi Okocha and the various trials and tribulations he finds himself in.
There’s 30 episodes altogether, each one being 3 minutes long and there’ll be lots of good music featured, which you can read about on the shows blog The blog is written from the perspective of Cocobeans, one of the shows characters. I think that’s a great touch, I like when the lines between reality and fiction get blurred.
Shoot Out will be in episode 5, which airs on Wednesday November 2nd at 6.30pm on RTE 2. Exciting stuff, I don’t what kind of scene it’s going to be in so I’m curious to see!
Here’s episode 1: