Welcome back to the Real Gone Singles Bar, the place where we explore the various individual mp3s that have landed in our inbox over the previous few weeks. This time out, we’ve got a goth tinged number from a band making their debut; a really busy workout from a Northern Irish alt-rock act, and another debut from a very retro sounding, much noisier band. For those less enamoured by rock, this week’s SB also includes a couple of top notch singer songwriters who we really hope will become favourites over time. Dive in…and enjoy!


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ROB FILLO – Halfway Through The Dark EP

Canadian singer songwriter Rob Fillo isn’t too concerned with giving the world a traditional Christmas offering. There are enough people filling the shelves with Michael Bublé style romps through the classics, rehashing tales of reindeer bullying, or creating the musical equivalent of a Hallmark greetings card, with their chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Fillo’s holiday season plays more like a downbeat Mark Kozolek winter, or a Five For Fighting in a dour nod to the festive period, and is all the better for it.

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