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Dreams burn down: Captain A returns

David Roy

Captain A & The Commercial Monsters have released their debut LP, Dreams

THIS week in Noise Annoys, news of new free music from Letterkenny-based recording artists Captain A & The Commercial Monsters and words on the latest project from the good folks who brought you the much missed Glasgowbury festival.

Captain A mastermind Eoghan Holland was formerly the bassist with Derry-derived awkward rockers The Evangelists and Donegal post-hardcore weirdos, Aurel.

For the past few years, Eoghan has been using the Captain A moniker as a front for his studio-based solo song experiments and occasional live performances with his band, The Commercial Monsters.

You may recall their rather good single, Richer, from 2013, an electronically enhanced slice of psychedelic country pop which features on their brand new debut album, Dreams.

It's a nine song set of heavily improvised music that you can stream, share and download right now via Soundcloud.com/captain_a at absolutely zero cost.

"I recorded around 50 pieces for Dreams," explains Mr Holland of how the record came into being.

"It wasn't just the album title, it was my working manifesto for the whole time I was doing it: if I imagined it, I did it.

"Stop thinking about time, stop thinking about deadlines, festivals, artwork, gigs. Stop writing for your own voice. Stop thinking about what you can do live. Stop having a band, stop limiting your writing to things you can play.

"Somebody, somewhere can do it. I'd write half songs, instrumentals, whatever and then ask people to play on them, then somebody else and just keep going and going – I didn't want to be control of it, like a sort of big production thing where you get someone with great chops and say 'play this'.

"In Dreams, people just improvised, did what they wanted. As time rolled on, songs started appearing here and there. I had so much stuff recorded that I used to sneak on tracks at house parties and see how people reacted. That's how the final tracks for the record were picked."

Pleasingly rough around the edges in construction, the result is a fine collection of off-the-wall experimental songs which run the gamut from skewed yet slinky (Twinkletoes, Apollo's Walk, Stay Chic) to soulfully skronky (Levitating, I Love My Job) and strangely vibrating points of groovy weirdness in between (Friday Night Amazing Light, Stealing Horses, Blue Diviner).

Take that, musical conformity.

Onwards to Paddy Glasgow and co: the team who brought us the award-winning 'small but massive' Glasgowbury music festival are now running a new community space in Draperstown called The Cornstore Creative Hub.

Established two years ago, it's dedicated to "the development of homegrown talent and expansion of new educational, creative and community enterprise": basically all the good stuff that helps to keep artistic juices flowing seven days a week.

Top Derry turn Paddy Nash & The Happy Enchiladas (Paddynash.com) will be launching their third album Laughter and Love at The Cornstore's live performance space, The Loft, on Saturday June 6.

Tickets are priced £10 and you'll be able to find out all the details on this show and other Cornstore based happenings by visiting Glasgowbury.com.

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