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The Mood Club

The Mood Club was a #1 Buzz Chart Club Hit in the UK, and featured on the critically acclaimed album “When It Hits You Feel No Pain”. It has been featured in films such Human Traffic, Mean Machine, Alpha Male, Peaches, A Room For Romeo Brass and used as a sound bed for countless TV programmes such as BBC World Cup Cricket, BBC World Cup Football, The Bank Of Mum and Dad, Eat Your Greens, Rick Steins Fresh Food, The Real Hustle, and many more.

Firstborn “The Mood Club” is published by Seeca Music Ltd.

When It Hits You Feel No Pain

“When It Hits You Feel No Pain is a breathlessly ambitious work, holding it’s hands in the air with a heavy heart.” Hot Press

“Happy Days blew my head off on a wet Monday morning, proper music, total reality.” – Andrew Weatherall

“Darkly gorgeous — fat bass, groovy beats — inspiring!” Rob Da Bank

Guest musicians and collaborators:
I Close My Eyes: Vocals – Linda Clifford
Happy Days: Vocals – Bennan Murphy
Miracles: Vocals – Mary Love
Hey Mr (Tambourine Man): Vocals – Bennan Murphy
Home Movie: Vocals – Bennan Murphy
Lay This Burden Down: Vocals – Mary Love
Lifeblood: Bouzouki & Bodhran – Donal Lunny
Credo: Vocals – Bennan Murphy, Acoustic Guitar & Harmonium – Ted Barnes

RIP Bennan Murphy and Mary Love, you are always loved and always missed.

Download reviews of “The Mood Club” and “When It Hits You Feel No Pain”

“When It Hits You Feel No Pain” revisited in Electronic Sound Magazine “Buried Treasure” feature by Neil Mason in 2017.

What The Press Said About Firstborn

“When It Hits is about lost weekends, abandonment to the dual pursuit of oblivion and stunningly great music, and about the heart of darkness that beats at the core of every great all-nighter… a breathlessly ambitious and inventive work, holding its hands in the air with a cruelly heavy heart” Hot Press

“This is the sound of bass triumphing above all others, of dark corners in dangerous places, of smoke and dust and madness: the kind of record that Massive Attack would no doubt love to return with.” N.M.E.

“While dance records shops have sections ranging from Swedish techno to Austrian chill-out, it’s odd that Ireland hasn’t yet produced a great dance album. Oisin Lunny might just have made the first” Q Magazine

“Many records are called cinematic but this track is a movie in itself. Like Arab Strap produced by Tricky and remixed by David Holmes – breathtakingly original and utterly compelling” Mixmag

“Like getting loaded on sulphate and tossing dynamite into a piano factory” Jockey Slut

“The pounding rhythm on this is so hefty it makes Little Richard sound like a lightweight saloon bar merchant” Mixmag Update

“Imagine Naomi Neville or The Doors remixed by David Holmes and Pierre Henry while the bastard ghost of James Joyce hovers menacingly in the background and you’ll still be no nearer the guts of this intriguing slice of piano-led, lo-fi breakbeat menace. X-cert but A-class”. The Independent

“The sort of thing that David Holmes would have done if he’d thought of if first. Neck-rocking, finger-popping, Vespa-riding business.” Mixmag

“This red seven inch jumped when I played it on the show because I’ve been playing it so much. It’s a breath of fresh air with a feelgood factor. I played it on Ian Wright’s TV show and Elton John wanted to pinch it! I think it’s already one of the records of the year!” Pete Tong (Mixmag Essential New Tune)

“Funkier than Norman Cook in an Afro and bell-bottoms – I’d be running out to buy this if I didn’t already have a copy” The Buz

“This is one hell of a record, get it any which way you can” DJ Magazine

“From string orchestra dramatics to the best Irish Will Self stream-of-consciousness rap you’ll hear this year, former Marxman Oisin Lunny hits on a winning formula” i-D

“Eclipsing other big releases this week by Baz ‘Sunscreen’ Luhrmann and The Chemical Brothers is this gem of rhythmically-pounding Northern Soul sound” The Independent (Single Of The Week)

“A monumentally chunky, irresistibly simple piano that could blow up even the most mealy-mouthed and lead-lined dancefloor.” The Flipside

“Joy and throbbing pain in pristine union.” NME (Record Of The Week)

“By turns crackly and noir, hip hop and plain ol’ stomping” The Face

“Close in spirit to David Holmes “Lets Get Killed” but more maverick in scope” Q Magazine

“The most adventurous debut you’re likely to hear this year” A.C.E.

“For an album that high-kicks in with the sort of skanking euphoria of The Big Beat Boutique circa 1998, this gets suspiciously dark very quickly. But then dance is a thin façade here, and in moments like ‘Home Movie’ it seems this is more of a disturbing cinematic score for an unmade Irish noir; the subversive mind-fuckery that David Holmes merely aspires to.” Mixmag

“Miracles mightn’t happen everyday but when viewed through this breathtaking sonic vision, anything is possible. When this hits you’ll feel everything.” Oceanfree

“From the sinister, moody beats of “Home Movie” to the soulful, widescreen string sound of Miracles, Lunny’s vision is often frighteningly real, some times beautiful, a succession of heartfelt snapshots from the human psyche” Etronik

“Oisin Lunny has just made what I think is the first Irish dance album worth it’s salt. There is a fine blend of the spoken word and what sounds like an early 90s film noir here, with a sound not completely unlike David Holmes’ Let’s Get Killed, except not as self-limited.” Galway Advertiser