Harlow&Harvey / Folie à deux

a visual diary of an irish high-fashion label / radio DJ
musings from the inner confines of a messily creative head

folieadeuxwithsarah (my alter ego)

We Arrive Alive - Walls

Collective Consciousness / Collective Unconscious / The Hive Mind

 Collective Consciousness

The totality of beliefs and sentiments common to the average members of a society forms a determinate system with a life of its own.

Collective unconscious  

a part of the unconscious mind -it describes how the structure of the psyche autonomously organizes experience. 

Anomie (eng) a rule that is a lack of a rule

(click titles to read more & We Arrive Alive link to hear what all this sounds like in my head)


Its a day for Funeral Suits…

Funeral Suits - Color Fader

Layering Color Fader over itself is amazing.

Play track on Youtube and layer it with itself, hitting play on the second track at 1:40 exactly. 

Magic.

Funeral Suits - Screen Test

Back back, anethitized 

colors burn into my eyes

life for you is shades of of grey

help me, help me, find my way

lost, lost is never found

hide your secrets, settle down

i am young and i am naive

tell me something i will believe

take me, take me far away 

from this city’s soul decay….

Big Smiles, Happy Days.

(click title for Screen Test by The Funeral Suits)

Spies Seasonal Soirée - In Review

~Spies Seasonal Soiree~

Spies / Squarehead / Girl Band

Walking into the Grand Social last wednesday night for the “Spies Seasonal Soiree” felt something more like walking into that scene from “Total Recall”, you know, the bit on Mars where they turn off the oxygen and everyone looks like they’re melting? It was ROASTING in the packed out upper room of the venue and the lone wall fan that was laboring around in unconvincing rotations in order to push some of the sweaty air was unconvincing at best. You had to feel for the poor guy dressed up as Santa handing out the (free) mince pies. Glutton for punishment, or lost a bet. DEFINITELY one of the two. 

Thank god the music was cracking, or i would have spent most of my time luxuriating in, what has to be said, is a damn fine smoking area. 

Girl Band were the first to take to the stage and it was my first time seeing the Dublin quintet, and they’re definitely ones to watch. Their music has a 90’s grunge appeal that stands them apart from many of their compadriates on the, ahem, scene.  Traversing genres throughout their songs, they hit upon rock, punk, speed metal etc and i think this diversity is to their credit. They’re damn good live, dispite their on stage mannerisms feeling a touch rehearsed at times. As a band, they seem to have a lot of fun powering through their set, which is intense to say the least. Special mention, it has to be said goes out to drummer, Adam Faulkner, who is phenomenal. You can find Girl Band on Bandcamp where they have their 3 track album as a free download.

Squarehead were the surprise act announced at a late hour and took to the stage after Girl Band. I’ve seen them a few times in the last few months (at their album launch in the Roisin Dubh, Galway and also at HWCH), and they seem to put on a different show every time. Bigger stages, such as the one at the Grand Social, suit them, and allow them to bounce around to their surfy sounding rock songs. Think the beach boys on acid - though thats not an accusation ;). Their energetic set was, as ever, seriously entertaining, albeit a bit short and lacking the performance of their own christmas tune “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”, which is the Squarehead take on the festive tune. It’s available for free download on their Bandcamp page, http://squarehead.bandcamp.com/.

Spies - the hosts of the night - finished off the nights entertainment in style. Well, in saying that - there was one member of the band wearing a christmas hat which usually would be my cue to leave but I let it go - a festive pardon, of sorts. Again, this was my third time in a few months seeing Spies, (they had played the week previous in Crawdaddy as part of the Jagermeister Freezer Sessions) but on this night, they OWNED the place. I’m not sure if it was the fact that they were “headlining” the night that gave them the extra confidence, but there was definitely more swagger in the boys onstage then i had seen previously. I know its a VERY BIG comparison, but singer Michael Broderick always reminds me of a young Ian Curtis, minus the overwhelming angst. The fivesome absolutely killed it on stage, with renditions of all their older material, and the inclusion of a new song called “ghosts”. They finished the night at their proverbial cinderella deadline of 12am (despite lamenting to the crowd that they still had “two songs to go”), with their rendition of Whams’ “Last Christmas”, which they belted out with great aplomb, and funnily enough, with their credibility intact. ;) You can find Spies on Bandcamp where you can download their digital album for €3, as they’re “flat broke” - its worth the money.

The whole show was a blinder overall, this is one seasonal soiree I’m glad I managed.

(Written for www.cockandbulltv.com - click for link to site)

Folie à Deux - *15 (Christmas Special)

Folie à Deux (with Sarah) … as heard on Rascalradio.net (95fm Galway)

Featuring Irish and International Indie acts including We Cut Corners, Sleep Thieves, Ghost Estates, Jon Dots, Kid Karate, The Looks, KaraKara, Funeral Suits, SUUNS, StarFucker, Fenech Soler, Los Campesinos, Childish Gambino & Austra.

Folie à Deux - *14

Folie à Deux (with Sarah) … as heard on Rascalradio.net (95fm Galway)

Featuring Irish and International Indie acts including The Ambience Affair, Why?, Dntel, The Postal Service, Friendly Fires, SUUNS, The Black Keys, Tokyo Police Club, The Horrors, Clint Mansell, The Violet Roadkills, Bloc Party , M83 & Childish Gambino.

(click image for link to this weeks podcast on Official FM)

2 years ago

tokyo police club - big difference

the quiet kid has come to stay

 what do you say?

he says I’m lonely, says I’m lonely

I’ll tell you everything I know
what do you know?
he says I’m hopeless, says I’m hopeless

and that’s why I can’t send you Christmas cards
it’s why I had to keep you in the dark
less big words and more exclamation marks

the little king is locked away (locked away!)
swallow the key
he says he’s alright, but not sorry

I’ll tell you everything I saw (what do you see?)
a hundred and one
he says it’s alright, but I know what I’ve done

and that’s why I can’t send you Christmas cards
it’s why I had to keep you in the dark
less big words and so …

charmed but destroyed
opens up the window
bored and overwhelmed
always overwhelmed
but that’s the best part, that’s the best part

'cause I've been taking your advice
like a Speak & Spell
but I could get to know you better
and never know you well

and that’s why I can’t send you Christmas cards
it’s why I had to keep you in the dark
less big words and so …

charmed but destroyed
opens up the window
bored and overwhelmed
always overwhelmed
but that’s the best part, that’s the best part

(click title for link to song)




Hold me, wrap me up 
Unfold me 
I am small 
I’m needy 
Warm me up 
And breathe me 

Sia * Breathe Me *

(click title for link to * Breathe Me * by Sia)

We Are Beautiful, We are Doomed ~ Los Campesinos

I taught myself the only way to vaguely get along in love

Is to like the other slightly less than you get in return

I keep feeling like I’m being undercut

You said he got his teeth fixed
I’m gonna break them
I’ve got a heart on fire
He said he’s got his sights set
On getting to you
I’ve got a fist on fire

I cannot emphasise enough that my body 
Is a badly designed, poorly put together vessel,
Harbouring these diminishing, so-called ‘vital organs’
Hope my heart goes first, 
I HOPE MY HEART GOES FIRST!

And
We are beautiful, 
We are doomed.

(click title for *we are beautiful, we are doomed* by *los campesinos*)

Dntel ~ This is the Dream of Evan & Chan ~

It was familiar to me
The smoke too thick to breathe
The tile floors glistened
I slowly stirred my drink

And when you started to sing
You spoke with broken speech
That I could not understand
And then you grabbed me tightly:

"I won’t let go, I won’t let go
Even if you say so, oh no
I’ve tried and tried with no results
I won’t let go, I won’t let go”

He then played every song from 1993
The crowd applauded as
He curtsied bashfully

Your eyelashes tickled my neck
With every nervous blink
And it was perfect
Until the telephone started ringing, ringing, ringing
Ringing, ringing off …

(click title for link to song)

Folie à Deux - *12 (MOVEMBER Special)

Folie à Deux (with Sarah) … as heard on Rascalradio.net (95fm Galway)

Featuring Irish and International Indie acts includingThe XX, Go Panda Go/Lost Chord feat. Laurie Leech, Tokyo Police Club, designer Drugs, Young Kodiaks, Gauntlet Hair, Two Door Cinema Club, Kara Kara, Jon Dots Mojo Gogo, Le Galaxie, The Minutes and Kid Karate.

(click image for link to Podcast of the show)

In starlit nights I saw you
So cruelly you kissed me
Your lips a magic world
Your sky all hung with jewels
The killing moon
Will come too soon


Fate
Up against your will
Through the thick and thin
He will wait until
You give yourself to him


Under blue moon I saw you
So soon you’ll take me
Up in your arms
Too late to beg you or cancel it
Though I know it must be the killing time
Unwillingly mine

Echo and the Bunnymen * Killing Moon *

(click title for link to song)