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Ausländer – out now

Ausländer

  • Album of the week on RTE Radio 1
  • Album of the week Irish Mail on Sunday
  • ‘Gorgeous piece of songwriting’ – Fiachna O’Braonain (RTE / Hothouse Flowers)
  • * ‘“The possibility of there being a new Power Of Dreams album seemed to diminish that little bit  more with each year passing. Through strange and challenging times comes the unlikely and stunning fifth POD album ‘Ausländer’. All these years after their formation and rise to popularity, here is a band that can still make music that you can truly immerse yourself in.” – Dan Hegarty, 2fm’
  • 2 page interview in Irish Independent.
  • ‘Bands come, bands go? Of course they do, but in PoD we continue to trust.’ – Irish Times .

 

Ausländer, the much awaited comeback album from seminal Irish indie band Power of Dreams is out now via The state51 Conspiracy. Thirty-one years since the release of their seminal debut album, Immigrants, Emigrants and Me, Ausländer is a vibrant and reflective companion piece to the earlier release; very much informed by songwriter Craig Walker’s Irish roots and years of touring living in England, France and Germany.

Recorded between Berlin, Bath, London and Arizona, Ausländer (the German word for foreigner) bears many of the hallmark sounds of one of Ireland’s most enigmatic bands of the 90s while Walker’s subsequent development as one of Europe’s busiest songsmiths is evidenced throughout.

Featuring original members Craig Walker, Keith Walker, Ian Olney and joined by producer / bassist  Erik Alcock (Pink, Celine Dion, Eminem) and on keyboard and mixing duties Ali Staton (Turin Brakes, Snow Patrol, Lightning Seeds, Madonna), Ausländer brings a wealth of musical talent to the table.

“A new studio album was something we had talked about doing over the years but the timing and problems of us all living in different countries, meant it never happened. When everything closed in March 2020, suddenly those hurdles of geography and time no longer mattered. It was a window of opportunity that was too good to pass up. I’d been putting songs to one side over the years, as they were obviously Power of Dreams songs,” said Craig.

Recording the album in such a strange time had an effect on the record too. Drummer Keith Walker inadvertently drove through the BLM riots in Arizona on his way to record ‘America’ the first single, which definitely added an extra edge to his performance.

Since their last album Become Yourself was released in 1995, it might be easy to think the band stopped playing and writing. The opposite is true. Craig has gone on to huge success post Power of Dreams, initially with UK prog band Archive, then collaborations with the likes of Mineral, Booka Shade and Them There, Craig and his partner in Them There, Phoebe Killdeer, had their song Fade Out Lines, reworked by The Avener and was recently classified, six times diamond in France. It was a radio number one in more than 30 countries. Ian is still performing with Sultans of Ping and Keith is playing regularly in Phoenix.

“The reaction from fans has been great since we started releasing the singles last year. ‘America’ and ‘Across The Shannon’ topped the iTunes indie charts, then ‘Hurricane’ was used in the TV show, Made in Chelsea and now “Do It” has been doing really well on radio and the fans love it. We have received numerous messages from lifelong fans of the band thanking us for doing a new album. We believe the new album will satisfy long time followers of the band and hopefully introduce a new audience to our music.”

Pre-order the new album and tickets for the shows from powerofdreams.ie

Find Power of Dreams on social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/powerofdreamsofficial
Instagram: instragram.com/powerofdreamsofficial
Twitter: twitter.com/powerofdreams30

Tour dates

March 12th – Mike The Pies, Listowel.
March 13th – Cyrpus Ave, Cork.
March 15th – Whelans, Dublin.
March 17th – The 100 Club, London.

Power of Dreams fans will be getting twice the value as support on the tour comes from frontman Craig Walker’s other project Craig Walker + The Cold whose debut single is out now from ffm.to/getarrested .

Debut single from Craig Walker + The Cold

“Get Arrested” is the debut single from Craig Walker & The Cold and out now via The state51 Conspiracy. The song examines the theory that the road to fame is littered with murder and that only glitter shines when you look back.

 

Frontman Craig Walker has been releasing music since his debut album with Power of Dreams on Polydor Records in 1990. Power of Dreams had great success in Ireland, the UK and Japan, releasing 4 albums over a hectic 6 year period. Craig went on to join Archive in 2000 and released 3 albums to huge acclaim around Central and Eastern Europe. Since then Craig has collaborated with a number of acts including Mineral, Booka Shade, dance outfit WUSA as well as Them There.

A Them There track, “Fade Out Lines” co-written by Craig and Phoebe Kildeer was reworked by The Avener and has recently gone 6 times platinum in France and was a radio #1 in more than 30 countries around the world.

The Cold is Canadian producer and multi-instrumentalist Erik Alcock. Erik has written, performed or produced with acts including Eminem, Celine Dion, Kanye West, Pink and many more.

Craig and Erik boast an incredible tally of more than 2 billion streams of songs they have either performed, written or produced on. This eagerly awaited debut single was recorded in Berlin, produced by Erik and mixed by Ryan McCambridge.

Live dates to be confirmed soon.

Stream or download Get Arrested from ffm.to/getarrested

Follow “Craig Walker & The Cold” on Facebook,
Instagram: @craigwalkerandthecold

Power of Dreams return with “Do it” – a short sharp shot of indie pop

Do it, the brand new single from seminal Irish indie band Power of Dreams is out now and comes from “Ausländer”, the much awaited comeback album will be released on July 23rd via The state51 Conspiracy.

A short sharp shot of indie pop, it’s a tribute to London, a fabulously diverse and inclusive city in the 90s before the Britpop era began. Black cabs, endless parties, being young, possibilities.

Power of Dreams rose to fame after the 1990 debut album “Immigrants, Emigrants and me” on Polydor records and went on to release 3 more albums. Since their last album “Become Yourself” was released in 1995, it might be easy to think the band stopped playing and writing. The opposite is true. Craig has gone on to huge success post Power of Dreams, initially with UK prog band Archive, then collaborations with the likes of Mineral, Booka Shade and Them There.

Craig and his partner in Them There, Phoebe Killdeer, had their song “Fade Out Lines” reworked by The Avener, and was recently classified six times diamond in France and a radio number one in more than thirty countries.

Power of Dreams make their live comeback in March 2022 with shows in Whelans, Dublin on March 15th and The 100 Club, London on March 17th 2022. Ticket info, album pre-order and streaming links from powerofdreams.ie.

PictureHouse – Not Long Now

“Not Long Now” is the new single from PictureHouse is out now on all digital formats.

Written by frontman Dave Browne with the bands multi-instrumentalist Yann O’Brien, the song is an upbeat follow up to their well-received “When I See You Again” single which was released last year.

 

“After the year we’ve all had, rather than looking back at the negatives, we wanted to do something positive, bring a smile to people’s faces and focus on the good times ahead. Thinking of good times.. we’re delighted to announce a live show in Lost Lane in Dublin on December 11th. More dates coming soon! Stay tuned to PictureHouse.ie and our social channels for ticket details” – Dave Browne.

 

Not one for resting on his laurels, Dave has also spent his time writing with emerging artists Joshua and Frankie Swain with more on the way very soon.

 

The photograph used for not “Not Long Now” artwork was taken by Dublin Photographer Derek Kennedy, check out his work on Instagram at @dublindaily

 

PictureHouse are one of Ireland’s most enduring bands. Their debut album “Shine Box” was released 25 years ago this year and the band have had a string of hit singles including “Sunburst”, “Heavenly Day”, “Everybody Loves My Girl” and “Rules of Science”. Their most recent release – “1999 Live in Dublin” went on to chart in the Official Irish Charts last November.

 

PictureHouse.ie | fb.com/picturehouse.ie | @picturehouse_ie

Power of Dreams offer free download of “100 ways to kill a love”

Power of Dreams are offering fans a chance to download a brand new version of their 1990 hit single “100 ways to kill a love”.

Performed by Craig Walker and Eric Alcock, this is a beautiful throwback for one of the most loved Power of Dreams singles and one of the most loved Irish songs ever. It’s also a prelude to the brand new Power of Dreams album “Auslander” which is due out later this summer.

Click here to download “100 ways to kill a love”

PictureHouse announce new live album “1999 – Live in Dublin”

PictureHouse | 1999 – Live in Dublin
  • New live album from PictureHouse
  • Released November 20th on CD | Cassette | Digital

PictureHouse have announced details of their new live album which is due to be released on November 20th on CD, cassette and digital.

Recorded in Dublin, in October 1999, “1999 – Live in Dublin” features PictureHouse at their finest.

On the crest of a huge wave, the previous 12 months had seen PictureHouse thrust onto the national and international stage.”Sunburst” had been one of the most played songs on Irish radio for 15 months, “Karmarama”, the top ten album, had been out a year and spawned a string of radio and chart hits. This had most definitely been their year.

3 national headline tours wedged between arena and stadium support tours with the likes of The Corrs and Meatloaf alongside an endless array of festivals meant they had played to a million people in 12 short months. 150+ shows, millions of miles, 5 band members, 3 crew and a van called Flash.

“1999 – Live in Dublin” features 16 tracks including the singles “Sunburst”, “Heavenly Day”, “All the Time in the World”, “Love in the Streets”, “World and his Dog” alongside 1700 fans singing along.

Pre-order now from picturehouse.ie/1999

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Joshua

If I’d never let go” is the debut single from the Voice Kids UK singing sensation, Joshua. 

The 15 year old County Meath native stole the hearts and minds of the public earlier this summer with a stunning performance on the Voice Kids UK which resulted in all 4 judges turning for him and culminated with an impromptu duet with his mother.

The official youtube videos have amassed almost 1.5 million views since and Joshua has made new fans in the UK, Ireland and the Philippines.

Joshua says: “The Voice Kids UK has been such a great experience so far and I can’t wait to show everyone what I’ve been working on during this summer.”

Recorded and produced in his native Ireland. “If I’d never let go” is available for pre-save now: https://ffm.to/joshua

PictureHouse – When I see you again

I woke up last week at 5 am as I am sure a lot of you do too. I wrote this song “When I see you again” as it was how I was feeling in this strange time, and I’m sure you feel the same.

It’s a song of love and longing for us all, and a way to send a message to all the people we care most about.

So we are asking everyone who has a message they want to send to upload your photograph memory or picture as a message from you to them. We will then put these pictures into our video of this song for you to share with the ones you love.

Here’s an example of featuring the band and our friends, and a preview of the song: https://youtu.be/nDH_9dd3poQ

We will be making a few of these, to make sure every message possible gets to those who matter most.

This is for everyone, so please send them for people far away too, grandparents, children, Moms, Dads, families, colleagues and friends everywhere.I know we are all missing someone, so let’s send this message of love to them all.

Our friends in Radio Nova have been very supportive. Be sure to read about it in the Mail on Sunday whilst Colm and Lucy will be launching the campaign on air next Tuesday on the Breakfast show on Radio Nova. I’ll be joining them on air next Thursday (release day) to talk about it.

Frankie Swain
Frankie Swain

Frankie Swain – September

“September”, the new EP from Frankie Swain will be available to stream and download from February 7th.

Featuring previous singles “Hook, Line and Sinker”, “Emergency Alarms” and new single “Come Rain, Come Shine”, September features co-writes and contributions from Dave Browne and Yann O’Brien from Irish band PictureHouse

The two previous singles from “September” received widespread coverage including being playlisted on RTE Radio 1 in Ireland as well as widespread BBC Regional radio. The emotive video for “Emergency Alarms” was premiered by Daily Mail (ie).

Come Rain, Come Shine” is the last single from the EP. Described by Frankie, it is “a song about how childhood friends and how no matter what life throws at you how they’ll always be there for each other.

With live dates to be announced soon, “September” will be on all good streaming services on Feb 7th.

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