RaglansHaving met through a collection of different bands and through school Ste, Conn, Rhos and Dan came together to make some “good music” and that’s certainly what they did. Drawing from various influences and trying out new concepts with each other they’ve developed an energetic and raw sound that’s culminated in their debut self-titled album which was released early last year. Since then the lads have gone from strength-to-strength and are thankful for their critically acclaimed album having taken them on tour all over the word. They’ve performed alongside some of the hottest names in the Irish and worldwide music scene such as Haim, The Strypes, Delorentos and The Courteeners, who Rhos describes as; “just good sound people”. The down-to-earth attitude of the band is reflected in their music which isn’t arty or complicated, they produce good honest tunes with a modern sound.

Their success seems to have come out of nowhere, just 6 weeks after getting together to bang out a few tracks the lads played their first gig in Whelan’s which was advertised through social media and word-of-mouth. After this it was only onwards and upwards for the Dublin lads and they knew they were on to something good. When asked about the biggest highlight so far, Rhos assured me he spoke for the whole band when he said that Australia was an incredible moment for them. Playing Soundwave, meeting with their rock idols and travelling the Gold Coast was an experience never to forget for them all. The Dublin quartet are about to kick off a European tour with stopovers in Germany and Holland, before returning to Ireland to play Cork, Galway and their Homecoming gig in Hangar on December 19th. Touring is always a high-point for the band and they enjoy the reception that they get abroad from crowds who are energetic and “Up for the Craic!”, and a long-awaited return to their home country will polish off their tour. It’s not all gigs and touring however Rhos informs me there is some new music to be announced very soon so watch this space.

By Kevin O’Reilly, Music Editor