In any music scene there are always a few gems that slip through the cracks. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, bands such as U2 and The Boomtown Rats(...)

The Atrix: Chris Green, Hugh Friel, John Borrowman and Dick Conroy. Their complex songs produced by Phil Chevron, Midge Ure and John Leckie are brilliant exemplars of the intelligent new wave.

The Magnet Bar. Pearse Street. Late 1980. The Atrix play. Swirls of image and lyrics, vectors of vivid and deft poetics layered across the kaleidoscop(...)

The Blades. Photograph: Terry Thorp

“I came from England in 1978 as I thought there was a great opportunity in Dublin for punk to flourish, but instead I was confronted with a narrow-min(...)