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A Mote in a Symphony

…inspired by, the wonder of the universe.

set thine mind aflame
atop the emotion that run from face in stream
in child, man and woman alike
to tell, to think of how it all begins
let each note tell you the story
the only odyssey that has ever been told
from biggest bang to entropic cold
still soldiering on
reacting, dividing, expanding apart

the chorus
our harmony
of the present day now
is just a fraction of an instant
in universal symphony
a mote in a cloud

of star-dust coming together
gravity taking hold
fusing and brightening
exploding, enlightening, combining, exciting
compacting, imploding, bonding and slowly forming
cooling, whilst life plays its own complex stanza
that has taken us through millennia
until here, now

you and I
specks of matter housed with immense energies
and seemingly endless emotional space
and so many possibilities
the distance between us
so little

fragile our mote, our note in the grand performance
not without meaning
without grace

our moment is here
let it not be a waste


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Band Biography

Striking out from Belfast on a raft of youthful enthusiasm and with a sound built upon strong founding influences such as Fleetwood Mac and Oceansize through to Opeth and The Mars Volta; instrumental act Kasper Rosa have been moving from strength to strength since the release of their first EP. Packing out the launch night at the Spring & Airbrake and receiving merits from BBC Northern Ireland’s Across The Line and Introducing radio shows. Coming out of the blocks fast they supported Sub Pop Records’ Seattle favourites Earth at just their third ever gig, adding quickly to their growing impact on the circuit with a tour alongside English rockers Alright The Captain. All this whilst still being just a few months free of their creative womb.

From their conception in April 2009 Dave Shannon, James Bruce, John Ryan McCormick and Steven Butler have been increasingly getting involved with various fronts on the music battle zone. Regularly seen out DJing, the band have also taken part in a Nirvana Unplugged tribute and performed at the launch night of the popular Skinny Love club. On the media side of things they have been asked to record live sessions with Rory McConnell’s BBC Introducing and Stephen McAuley’s Electric Mainline; whilst also gaining the attention of compilation releases and pod-casting opportunities over at Bandwidth Films, Live @ Serc Mapa and NIChart.

This coming May, Kasper Rosa are set to perform their most prestigious show to date, adding their particular brand of honed noise to 65daysofstatic’s Mandela Hall show in Belfast on the 14th. Throughout the rest of 2010 Kasper Rosa will be touring their wares extensively along the length and breadth of the UK. Early June sees the band combining their sonic forces with close friends A Plastic Rose to take on the mainland; whilst short Irish tours alongside Axis Of and Ozric Tentacles are pencilled in for late June and October respectively keeping the home audiences well in sight on their radar. October will also see the band take to the stage for another performance at club night Skinny Love in Auntie Annies; pairing up with fellow Field Records‘ act Maybeshewill. Capping off their plans thus far for the year is their participation at and co-organizing of the first mini-festival in a six year running annual celebration called ‘Cosby Fest‘, which is set to kick off in July.

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…sometimes I wonder, if ginger haired hallions are not just a secret race of prophets sent here to save mother Earth and its current tenants from destroying themselves, and each other.

…that a sandwich is the most intimate, personal meal you can construct.

…that so much can truly happen in one year, nay – two years, that when you finally find a point of reference to mirror it all against, you gasp.

…and that we so are blinded by our high velocity ideas of communication that no one ever stops to take a look at those not keeping up with the challenge.


Only in a world were the most arrogant species on the planet had the audacity to claim land for its own over its own kind, and that of others – thus creating countries – could the idea of being proud of one’s national heritage become such a political power tool of injustice.

I’m all for being proud of national events, such as in sport, or of a unified perseverance against adversity – however despite my perhaps flippant use of the phrase “I’m happy and proud to be from Northern Ireland” – which, I genuinely am in my own rather simple way – it matters little against the bullshit and atrocities that have been committed in her name.

I like being from here because of the people I know, the mild weather and our humour – not to mention the accent.

Our history has nothing to do with it, because it is not my history – and I can tell you now that it is not your history either. It belongs to your parents and their parents, and so on.

Much like the British National Party’s (name if you want to make a start somewhere) pride in their country – any nationalism could well lay claim to being the most utterly stupid use of broad stroke ‘community’ that ever has or will exist.

“Our country is a great nation because of what it has accomplished in the past!” – yes, I am sure it is.

Although (to generalise) every other country – for eternity – will disagree with you because the concept is fundamentally broken, much like religion, politics and public relations. We invented them long before we really knew what we were getting into.

…I feel like most people don’t realise that we, and not Earth itself, or some deity, drew all the little lines and borders all over this planet, and that they have moved drastically over the last two thousand years alone.

So who am I to truly champion if I were so inclined?

…certainly not Britain, nor even the Romans.

Perhaps I should just accept that the mess of drawn lines and stolen ownership we created in our innate greed so many years ago is just another example of our appetite for creation before understanding.

Being honest, I admire anyone who has the man-stones to stand up and speak their opinions on such a public forum as Question Time – for all his faults Nick Griffin certainly has passion; because he must have known what he was walking into. His passion however is not what people question him on, and with the volatile and corruptible filter that is ‘politics’ in the frame, I would have to question what Griffin’s true opinion started out as, and how far it has been guided and warped by that of the political forum.

…perhaps it was indeed driven by a want to improve the populace of England (let’s not be subtle here, the British National Party at its core is not thinking of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), bore from watching its economic and political decline on a global scale. I can understand that, despite disagreeing.

Or, it may just be that in a modern world there is still room for people who just dislike their fellow man. I can understand that too, despite thinking it disgusting.

Whatever the case, I do hope that people will make the correct choice – and vote for what they believe in.

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