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20 Years of the Irish Singles Chart

Linda Coogan Byrne and her team over at WhyNotHer have put together a startling report on the state of the Irish Singles Chart over the last 20 years and how it practically ignored Women and BIPOC.  It's an incredible piece of work, one that, had all things been fair and equal, should never have had to be complied. Unfortunately, like most things, the Irish Music Industry isn't a fair and equal place... Anyway, don't take my word for it, click here to read the report.

Interview with The Standstills

Originally published July 2013 on Chunk.ie A big céad míle fáilte to The Standstills from us here at CHUNK.ie We’ve been listening to your track Jesus over and over and over again here at CHUNK HQ and I think it has safely worked its way in to our Top 5 tracks of the year. Having said that, your cover of Black Betty is outstanding… It brings back memories of drunken moshing on the dance floor at Nijinskys night club… Fun times! Maybe you could give us a brief history about yourselves and the band. How did the Standstills come about?   We met in a music program and became really good friends, we had a lot of the same tastes in music and both of us loved to go to live shows..  For a while I had been doing a solo blues thing, but really wanted to jam with a band.. Renee had played drums in a couple different projects in the past, and liked what i was doing so it was inevitable that we should jam.. We really hit it off and since then we've kept on going. You’re obviously fr

Interview with Sensorites

Originally published 04/07/2013 on Chunk.ie Welcome to CHUNK.ie Sensorites, how the hell are you?  Enjoying the hot balmy summer days with a nice cool pint of cider?? Kind of, we’re currently locked in the bat cave (our studio down by the docks), and will be until the album is finished. There’s no natural light in the bat cave, it stops the sun from teasing us, our studio tans are coming on a treat! Needless to say bursts of daylight exposure are met with squinty eyes and a slight sizzling of the skin. * You hail from Liverpool, that much I know, but can you tell us a bit more about the band? We all live in Liverpool, but aren’t born and bred scousers.  My brother Gareth Kirkham (Bass/Vocals) and I (Natham Kirkham: Vocals/Guitar) hail from Stoke-on-Trent.  We migrated to Liverpool years ago in search of richer musical pastures. Alan Falcon (Drums) is originally from…. drum roll please….. Wing, Leighton Buzzard.  Much to our amusement that’s his real name and address! Congrat