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Adam Gibbons

Adam Gibbons is a journalist, photographer, blogger, and poet, who primarily writes on music, travel, and mental health. Check out his blog, "Mad for Notepads".

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Feature: Tanoki feat. Farah Elle – “Loading”

By Adam Gibbons / February 27, 2021

The lead single from Tanoki’s upcoming debut album File New, “Loading” is an unusual fusion of electro, trip hop and jazz, with Farah Elle featuring as lead vocalist.   Off-kilter even by the standards of trip hop music, “Loading” is the melding of jazz-leaning drum fills and chromatic piano motifs alongside synthetic, glitchy beats and […]

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The evolution of the music meme

By Adam Gibbons / February 27, 2021

Memes have been a staple of popular culture since the rise of the global internet during the early 2000s, and the role the music meme has played in both the growth and evolution of the form cannot be understated. The music meme in particular, are extremely malleable in their content, scope, and flexibility. Anything from […]

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Daft Punk split: how they revolutionised popular music

By Adam Gibbons / February 24, 2021

On Monday last (February 22), Daft Punk broke the news that the duo had split after almost three decades with an 8-minute video titled “Epilogue”, excerpted from their 2006 film, Electroma.   Their split marks the end of arguably the one of most influential groups in modern popular music, with their influence on not only […]

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Feature: Brophy’s Law – “The Bachelor”

By Adam Gibbons / February 20, 2021

Released yesterday (Friday 19 February), the latest single by Irish/British/Danish folk-punk group Brophy’s Law, ”The Bachelor” is considered by the band to be their all-time favourite track to perform live. A group described as being The Pogues meeting The Clash, it is a description which definitely has some accuracy to it. However, this comparison is […]

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5 covers of songs not worth hearing a second time

By Adam Gibbons / February 17, 2021

When cover songs are poorly received, the artist in question could suffer a serious blow to their reputation and the possibility of being immortalised as a music meme. Following on from a previous article on great covers you might not know, here are five examples of cover songs that, for one reason or another, are […]

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Two years teetotal: why I will probably never drink again

By Adam Gibbons / February 15, 2021

As a country which is arguably the most synonymous with alcohol, an Irishman (or Irishwoman) who admits they are teetotal sounds like it is a cornerstone of modern Irish mythology, if such a thing even exists. It is almost an unwritten law in Ireland to dismiss someone’s intention to not drink, even if they just […]

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Feature: Fly the Nest – “Old Street Lover”

By Adam Gibbons / February 14, 2021

Friday last saw the release of Fly the Nest’s latest single “Old Street Lover”. An energetically hopeful break-up song which does not fall to type of being laced with anger, sorrow, or self-pity, is a naturally refreshing change of pace considering the subject matter. The Dublin native (born Stephen Cooper), describes “Old Street Lover” as […]

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Feature: Andrew Patterson – “Normal People”

By Adam Gibbons / February 14, 2021

After constantly gigging and releasing music over the last five years, Belfast-based singer-songwriter Andrew Patterson released his latest single, “Normal People” on Friday last (February 12). Taking inspiration from Sally Rooney’s 2018 novel Normal People, as well as the acclaimed 2020 television adaptation, Patterson was captivated by lead characters Marianne Sheridan and Connell Waldron, and […]

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Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil, and Fine Gael: how independence spilt a unified movement in three

By Adam Gibbons / February 10, 2021

The overwhelming majority of countries and their political landscapes essentially boil down to political ideology between the more progressively inclined left-wing and the traditional leaning right-wing. However, Irish political history is a little more complicated. It is not driven by the political spectrum in a traditional sense, existing directly as a result of the consequences […]

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10 incredible cover songs you have never heard

By Adam Gibbons / February 2, 2021

Cover songs fall into an odd place in the sphere of popular music. Whenever a quality cover song does come about, it can sometimes overshadow the original – to the point where you might think the artist covering it even wrote it themselves. When a cover goes wrong (as they do on occasion), it will […]

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