The Big Album Show
We immerse ourselves in some of the biggest albums celebrating significant birthdays. The albums that mean so much to so many.
Stories from the Surface by Ham Sandwich: Interview with Niamh and Podge
Season 1, Ep. 17
On the latest pod, we are talking about Stories from the Surface by the amazing, dazzling Irish band Ham Sandwich.Originally formed on a good Friday in noughties, they have rightly built up a reputation as one of very best live acts.Their lives show and their 2010 White Fox built them up a supportive and loyal fanbase and Stories from the Surface rocketed right to the top of the charts when it was released in April 2015.Over the course of ten tracks, they bring you their unique house blend of indie folk rock, with infusions of disco and funk. There's tremendous fun and joy, perhaps best captured by the lead single Illuminate.The album's incredibly catchy melodies are paired with lyrics which are often equally rememberable.
Those Were The Days by The Blades: Interview with Jake Reilly
Season 1, Ep. 16
Paul Dillon and Dan O'Neill interview Jake Reilly, drummer from The Blades. The band formed in the late 1970s in Ringsend (known by locals as Raytown): An urband area in Dublin's docklands. The original line-up released two seven inch singles: "Hot For You" and "Ghost of a Chance", before a reshuffle in 1981 which saw Jake join the band. That would be the line up which would release the brilliant album Last Man in Europe which includes classic tunes such as Down Market, Got Soul and Pride. It’s a record every music lover needs to put on their turntable. The Blades have since gone on to reform, playing a number of gigs and releasing a studio album in 2016 called Modernised as well as an EP and a live album. They’ve also been inducted into the Irish Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. A snare drum belonging to Jake sits in the museum in Temple Bar. The drum has been, and I quote ‘to every corner of the country – Battered, beaten and bruised from Ballybunnion to Ballyshannon.” On this episode we look back at The Blade’s boxset Those Were the Day, released in 2000 - It features the tracks from Raytown Revisited and Last Man in Europe plus a few bonus tracks.