Justin McDaid

Sub-editor, Goldenplec.com

Sub-editor & writer at Goldenplec.

Writer at State, The Thin Air, Headstuff, SubTV.

Past contributor to AU, Ramp.ie, CockandbullTV.




One Track Minded | On 'Ghost Town', The Specials listened to the heartbeat of a troubled...

Top Of The Pops, August 1979: Coventry ska band The Specials have caused a minor stir in the charts with their first single, 'Gangsters', released on their own 2 Tone label and...


Lynched | Plec Picks 2016

Every year the GoldenPlec community of writers and photographers (70+) come together to vote on their ones to watch for the upcoming year. After pulling the votes together, we...


King Kong Company - The Hedonist's Choice - Independent.ie

Sunday evening fatigue has well and truly set in. But this is Sunday at Electric Picnic. That word, 'Sunday'; its talismanic portent has no power here, not over us. Not here, at...


Super Furry Animals | Motherfuckers Of Invention - GoldenPlec

Hiatus. That's a funny old word. In linguistics, it's the occurrence of two vowel sounds without a break, without a consonant stuck in there to break things up - the word hiatus...


The Flowers Of Hell | Interview | Feature

The Flowers Of Hell is a fascinating organism - a trans-Atlantic indie orchestral group based between Toronto and London, consisting of anything up to thirty musicians crafting...


Twin Headed Wolf | Plec Picks 2015 - GoldenPlec

Who are these collectors of bones and strange noises; instrument builders and conjurers of ethereal sounds and otherworldly realms? Branwen and Julie are their earthly names;...


"Give the drummer some" - Drum Breaks To Beat Them All | Feature

A quote purportedly spoken by master sticksman Buddy Rich there, reprinted here for no other reason than that it's great. Buddy is one of the legends, no doubt about it, but...


Slint in The Button Factory | Review - GoldenPlec

There are certain bands whose influence has been so profound that the weight of expectation, particularly after a return from a lengthy absence, can prove difficult to live up...


The Jam - Setting Sons | Golden Vault #15

‘All Mod Cons’ is probably the most fully realised and cohesive record The Jam made, but despite its shortcomings ‘Setting Sons’ contains a handful of Paul Weller’s best songs....


Pixies - Trompe Le Monde | Golden Vault #14

That sound. Hearing Joey Santiago etch out those opening, prowling guitar notes of Trompe Le Monde was like hearing a sound from another planet...


Stiff Little Fingers | Interview

Way back in 1980 Stiff Little Fingers released their second album, 'Nobody's Heroes'. The year previous they released 'Inflammable Material', one of the best albums of that era,...


Ween - The Mollusk | Golden Vault #29

Some say they invented the colour brown. They almost certainly took ownership of it.


Enablers at The Grand Social | Review - GoldenPlec

It's just over a decade now since lyricist Pete Simonelli and guitarist Kevin Thomson came together to realise the recording project that in time would solidify into Enablers....

The Thin Air

Jozef Van Wissem @ Whelan's

The last time we encountered the tall, black-clothed figure of Jozef Van Wissem it was at a holiday camp in the southeast of England. The lone lute player delivered a unique set...


Shellac - Dude Incredible

Fourteen years after the century turned and Steve Albini penned one of its best songs in 'Prayer To God', another seven after their last record Excellent Italian Greyhound,...


Tame Impala - Currents | SubTV

It's a restless mind that drives Kevin Parker, artistic centrifuge of Australian band Tame Impala. That's 'band' in a loose sense. Parker takes charge of every aspect of the...