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"National Student Music Awards"


The winner of the Bank of Ireland National Student Music Awards 2007, held at the Village last night, was;

Saviours Of Space;

The band made off with the spoils, quite a lot of spoils as it happens, in front of my pre-final favourites The Kinetiks

It has to be said that Saviours Of Space really hit the spot last night. This was the first time in all the years that I have been involved with NSMA (since the beginning in 2001) that I have seen more than one Act awarded 10/10 and also the first time I have seen a completely unanimous decision among the Judges. Notwithstanding the fact that there were 12 judges from different areas of Music and Media, every single one of us had Saviours Of Space as the overall winner.

I have really never seen an Act awarded marks as high and, bearing in mind that previous winners were Delorentos (who coincidentally launched their album on the same night as the NSMA 2007 final) and Lotus Lullaby (now The Gift, signed to Religion Music), this gives you an idea of the level of performance from this year’s NSMA winner.

Even some members of other bands were praising the eventual winners. One band member (no names, to protect the poor lad) said “There was no chance we were going to beat them, the way they played� while another comment from the competition was “Great night for everyone concerned, and a rightful winner�.

- Ron Healy, NSMA/IrishUnsigned
- Irish Unsigned


"I want It" single released Feb 07." I Want It" got extensive national airplay, including on the leading stations 2fm and Today FM. It also won Jackie Hayden's Pick of the Fortnight in Hot Press magazine. Debut album due for release in October '09.



O Emperor have spent the best part of a year writing and recording their first album in a cold country house. The band chose to undertake the project themselves, allowing ample room for tinkering with ideas, arrangements and a myriad of different instruments. In doing so, they were constructing what was to become a multi-faceted, thought-provoking record which is at once arresting but slightly unsettled. In the process of creating this, the band found a middle ground between experimentation and self-indulgence, giving rise to something that is unique and atypical, but still accessible. The band's first single from the album will be released in June.