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Track of the week is The Stupid Song - the debut release from Cork based alt rock band Ash Red.

Formed in January 2019, Ash Red comprise Conrad Twomey (drums), Arthur Murray (guitar, vocals) and Maciek Zwirkowski (bass).


Arthur sent us a demo recording of the track in the middle of 2020 and the first time I listened, I knew it had 'it'. One of those songs that captures a moment of magic through a slight tear in the sonic universe. Although as they self- deprecatingly relate "Arthur came to practice with the most stupid two note riff we ever heard. As a joke we played and I guess it just worked. The song is about loneliness and desire to be noticed in the world but it’s really not that deep, they are just words."

Now recorded and released it retains that thrilling element I first heard. Play it loud.

FFO Smashing Pumpkins, Bauhaus, Hüsker Dü and The Psychedelic Furs.

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Liana Forte's productivity shows no sign of slowing down as she releases two new tracks this week - Dust and Cave. Both are available on Spotify and on her page here.


Dust is more contemplative with Liana's instantly recognisable half spoken vocals while Cave is driven along by fat analog synth and breakbeat drums to give a more clubby feel. Excellent.

Turnstiles have announced a week long tour of some of Northern England's finest cities in October. Kicking off in Leeds on Monday 11, they then visit Sheffield, Newcastle and Liverpool before finishing up at the Golden Lion in Todmorden which is very close to Manchester. It's also the spiritual home of one of our recent favourites, Working Mens Club.

Cover art for podcast episode 16

The latest edition of our podcast features Galway photographer Enda Burke. Originally a street photographer, he was forced by the pandemic to pivot to a more (home) studio-based approach. This fostered his creative, kitsch side and resulted in the lockdown series and a collaborations with Galway publishers Coffeewerk + Press; an article in Italian Rolling Stone magazine; and photoshoots with Galway dream popsters NewDad.

Poster for Turnstiles tour of the UK

About Blowtorch Records

Blowtorch Records is a record label based in Galway, Ireland offering a boutique online home for independently minded artists worldwide. The quirky musicians who enrich our aural palette. Take a browse through our roster. Irish punk or post-punk? Try Turnstiles and Static Vision. Lo-fi grooves from Chicago? Kid Slang are for you. Experimental electronica - Liana Forte. Indie techno - Nixer and Jagged Baptist Club. You get the picture. If you are looking for a digital space and promotion for your recorded music then get in touch. We’ll have a listen to your songs and if they chime we can offer you a page on the Blowtorch website with bio info, images, videos and your social signals. Your tracks can be downloaded or purchased from your page. We can get your songs onto Spotify and other streaming services, give advice on mixing & mastering and arrange physical releases. If you have any other questions try our FAQ page or get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.