I've only newly found this website because of the Hard Working Class Heroes festival - all the acts were linked to this site.
It's a really *excellent* database of Irish artists - and I'm preferring it to MySpace for when I want to hear some tracks by a band. For bio, or tour dates, it isn't anywhere near as good obviously but it's a very handy little resource. I don't know about anyone else but nearly all my computers have a problem trying to access MySpace without dying.
There are a few Northern Irish bands in this database - Not Squares for one: http://www.breakingtunes.com/profile/368 but I'm not sure if it's only ones that played HWCH. Actually no there are a bunch of other NI bands - Cutaways, Swanee River etc etc. I think it would be a good idea for other Northern bands to approach First Music Contact and see if they could get added to the site.
And since I am so in love with this site at the moment, here are a few recommendations for people I think you should check out (feel free to ignore me, I imagine you already are :P):
Sounds of System Breakdown: http://www.breakingtunes.com/profile/891
Dark Room Notes: http://www.breakingtunes.com/profile/33
Also apologies if this site is really widely known and I'm just late to the party...
New to me, and it does look interesting. I see a fair number of names I recognise.
I always like to poke into these things, and I've discovered that the way their streaming works, you can harvest the full MP3 files out of the Firefox cache. So, if you don't want people to have free copies don't upload to the site.
On the other hand, if you'd LIKE people to have free copies of your music (which you should for many reasons if you're unsigned) there is no "official" option to download!
TPO seem to be on there: http://www.breakingtunes.com/profile/578
The breaking tunes website is indeed great.. It's ran by the highly helpful people at First Music Contact - a Dublin based group who are there to give free help to musicians/bands. I really recommend contacting them (number on their website) if you require info on anything music business related. They have helped us out numerous times with booking gigs, getting in contact with publishers etc..
Check them out.
And check out our breaking tunes profile and all..! [url=http://www.breakingtunes.com/profile/903]http://www.breakingtunes.com/profile/903[/url]
This is my first post here on this site, so take her handy!
Breaking tunes is great. Totally agree on it being cleaner to use for checking out bands compared to myspace. I am of the opinion that bands overcomplicate their myspace pages these days anyway.
First music contact are great too.