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A Plastic Rose


Don't leave APR alone to decorate your house

“Sligo-raised, Belfast-based combo throwing the sort of radio-friendly alt.rock shapes and licks that auger well for their future.”
The Irish Times

“Noisy, emotive and with its heart beating and bleeding all over its sleeve – it’s a collection of songs that while lacking dead-eyed cool, have no trouble convincing of their sincerity” -Hotpress

“‘Kids Don’t Behave Like This’ is a swooning, soaring piece of proto-shoegazing glory, vocal rippling with barely-concealed emotion until the last minute, when he explodes with a Vedder-esque roar, drawing a Biffy-tinged veil over proceedings…..Kids should behave like this” – Alternative Ulster Magazine

“There are few bands in the country who can engage an audience like this, and the crowd give as much back as they can. Every song sounds like an anthem, every moment an event. By the end, ‘Kids (Don’t Behave Like This)’ blasts out of the speakers and we are taken to another place. This is absolutely essential music.” – Stephen Rainey BBC.

“In an age of style over substance, we need to rely on bands like A Plastic Rose, who haven’t forgotten about the art of a decent f**king tune. Which isn’t to say they aren’t a dapper bunch” – BBC Across The Line

Rock and roll should hit you in the guts, and leave you wanting more. With their debut min-album, A Plastic Rose have done exactly this, seven tracks that leave you on your knees, begging for more.

Released on Di Di Mau Records, which is gaining an increasingly strong roster of important artists, The Promise Notes is a summation of where the band has got to so far, but leaves you in no doubt that the best is yet to come. With overwhelmingly positive reviews in the UK and Irish press The Promise Notes has successfully got people talking about this exciting new band, garnering them comparisons to the likes of Biffy Clyro, Snow Patrol, Foo Fighters, and Twin Atlantic
Their mixture of pure emotion and rock and roll dynamics has seen them winning over audiences all over the UK and Ireland, headlining the 2nd stage of the T Vital Festival and high profile gigs such as Arthurs Day in Dublin confirming that A Plastic Rose are THE most exciting new rock band in the UK right now.

With plans to release their debut full length album 2011 is already shaping up to be a key year for the band, and it seems like APR are ready to step up to the next level and win over an entirely new audience. With the likes of Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody claiming, A Plastic Rose are “A Revolution Of The Heart” who are we to argue?

A Plastic Rose are: Gerry Norman: Guitar and Vocals, Ian McHugh: Guitar and Vocals, Troy Heaton: Bass, David Reid: Drums.

Dutch Schultz

“Let them leave me alone.”

And with these words, Dutch Schultz ended his stream of twisted poetry and embraced the arms of death. Gut-shot in the urinal of the Chophouse he was using as his headquarters, this notorious New York gangster was rushed to hospital, upon which he began a surreal paper-chase of non-sequiturs and half truths that were either the utterances of a madman, or the clues to the discovery of a $7 million dollar fortune made by racketeering and the numbers game.

“Please look out; my fortunes have changed and come back and went back since that.”

In his delusional state, perhaps the dying mobster was glimpsing the future of the rock band which would bear his name over 70 years later. Formed from the ashes of the much praised THROAT, Dutch Schultz possess all the glamour, fascination and enigma of this most perplexing of historical figures.

Blazing a trail across the UK, the band plays a brand of rock which tightens itself around the listener as insidiously as the bullet which prompted decades of mystery, all those years ago. Frontman Willy Mundell’s impassioned howl and melodic battering-ram guitar mesh with the thunderous basslines of Bernard Flannigan and the pounding drums of Darren Gallagher to create something timeless, yet wholly original. And already heads have been turning towards this powerful and melodic beast…

Debut single, It Bends in the Middle, quickly established this new force, drawing more and more people in with every listen. Making Kerrang! Magazine’s “Top Ten Songs You Should Hear Now” list, and drawing praise from Rock Sound editor Darren Sadler, the song sounds like every backlit room you’ve ever been to, every suggestive hip movement you’ve ever seen, so it made perfect sense to accompany the song’s seductive imagery to the pole dancing skills of Joanna Robinson, who appeared in both the video for the song, and accompanied the band in performance. Not without their own share of controversy, these performances have been burned into local gig legend, quickly establishing Dutch Schultz as THE band to keep an eye on.

But the story doesn’t end there. Current single, On the Shelf, picks up where It Bends in the Middle left off, announcing itself with one of those timeless guitar hooks that Dutch Schultz seem to be able to throw out so effortlessly, before exploding into a sleek and deadly rock song, the like of which you just don’t hear anymore.

With an album, Carve Our Names, ready for release, perhaps it’s only a matter of time before Dutch Schultz begin providing the answers to the cryptic question posed by the enigmatic mobster on his New York City hospital bed.

And with a prize like that, who wouldn’t want to be in on this from the beginning?

Paul Shevlin

The last twelve months have seen young Paul Shevlin come from nowhere, to end up almost everywhere. Fuelled by generous radio play and lots of live performances, his popularity has grown.

His dynamic live show, usually as an energetic three piece, was aptly described by one BBC music journalist as “piano pounding intensity and softly tinkling melancholia”. The highlight of his 2010 live circuit was supporting one of his first musical inspirations, Duke Special, at a low key show in Belfast. The following day Paul played at Glasgowbury 2010.

His melodic piano led songs have been heavily featured on BBC Radio 1 ‘Introducing’ and BBC Radio Ulster ‘Across The Line’ program. In addition Paul recorded several sessions for radio broadcast and made his television debut in November for BBC 2 program ‘Blas Ceoil’.  

January 2011 brought exciting developments as Paul became the latest signing for Di Di Mau, who will release the next single ‘Backfire (Set Them All Alight)’. Ongoing interest from music publishing companies culminated in Paul working on new material in Brighton with songwriter James Flannigan who is signed to B- Unique Music Publishing. This is still work in progress.

PRS have just tipped Paul in their most recent ‘M-Magazine’ publication and duly placed ‘Backfire (Set Them All Alight’) on their four track Podcast.

Paul will be touring with his band throughout the UK and Ireland in April 2011 to promote the aforementioned new single ‘Backfire (Set Them All Alight)’.

What They Say:

“Paul was joined on stage by a drummer and bassist and the three shared gentle banter between each unabashedly romantic and wonderfully constructed song that veered between piano pounding intensity and softly tinkling melancholia…”  James Gracey, BBC Radio Ulster Across The Line

“Exuding a youthful confidence, his effortlessly beautiful voice, accompanied by hook laden and precise pop songs seem to captivate a previously distracted audience” AllGonePop.Com

“Paul is obviously a talented musician and at the tender age of 17 produces some excellent piano driven melodies…”

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  1. Rick permalink
    October 5, 2011 8:16 pm

    Would like to hear your artists for potential play on my radio show. become facebook friend at

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