GETTING INTO: Northern Irish Music, As Chosen By Making Monsters

Northern Island has been essential for British music over the years, from The Undertones and Stiff Little Fingers shaping 70s punk rock to 90s alternative rock and metal powerhouses Ash and Therapy?, but it’s been an influx of radio indie bands that have made headlines more recently, with Snow Patrol and Two Door Cinema Club leading the way.

It’s time for us to take back the Northern Irish crown with Derry based alt rockers Making Monsters who release their brand new EP ‘Bad Blood’ on May 13th and wowed the UK supporting Fightstar in 2015. The ‘Better’ singers have highlighted some of their country’s most exciting bands and invite you to get a head of the curve by getting them into your ears now.

Proxist 2016

“One of Irelands best kept secrets in metal, and we’re proud to call them our good friends too. We’ve played quite a few times together throughout the years, and all know each other from our time in previous bands. If you like Pantera and Fear Factory, then these guys are definitely worth checking out. Also from our hometown Derry/Londonderry.”

Best tracks:
Grave Digger
Desensitized Generation

And So I Watch You From Afar 2016

“If you haven’t heard of this band yet, you are a fool. These guys fly the flag for home grown NI music and rightly so. Heading to one of their shows is an overwhelming experience. Their following and dedication of their fans is inspiring. It’s just feel good powerful music. Check out the latest album – ‘Heirs’.”

Best tracks:
7 Billion People All Alive At Once
Run Home

A Northern Light 2016

A Northern Light are one of our favourite local bands and we’ve been fans of Darren and Omar’s music for a long time now. They sound like a mixture of Tool and Angel and Airwaves and have an incredibly tight and high energy live show. They are set to release their debut album ‘Kingdoms’ later in the year.”

Best tracks:
Kill It

Lost Avenue 2016

Lost Avenue know what they are doing, proving that punk is definitely not dead! Having supported us previously at home shows these guys are bursting with energy and have undoubted potential. We highly recommend for everyone to keep very close eyes and ears on this young band as we predict great things from them this year. “

Best tracks:
Killing Time

Making Monsters’ brand new EP, ‘Bad Blood’, is out now and available to buy via (iTunes). Keep up to date with the band on (Facebook) and (Twitter).

Written by Mike Heath (@MikeBeef) with contributions from Making Monsters