Tell us everything will need to know about you.
We’re Irish. We’ve been friends since we were 11. We’re music nerds…We all play, sing and write. Keep reading and you’ll find out more…
State your favorite genre of music and your reason.
Couldn’t pick one. It started out with Classic Rock and songwriters from the 70s, then 90s RnB and now we listen to a lot of different genres, but generally would lean towards chunky, tasty production and banging vocals.
Tell us your experience as a musician.
We’ve been playing together since we were kids; we’ve all played/sang in other bands/with other people along the way. From jazz-funk to gypsy rock to neo-soul.
Tell us the theme of your song.
“Maybe It’s My Nature” is about having a wandering eye, and the feelings of guilt that come with that. The song addresses 3 different people: a partner, a dead poet, and myself. I find that female characters in a lot of popular media still seem to lack sexual agency or fall into age-old stereotypes…I wrote this song at a time when I was particularly fed up with hearing and seeing the same depictions that don’t resonate with how I feel.
Name the people behind your success and thank them on this platform.
That would be Karen Cowley, Caoimhe Barry, and Saoirse Duane, thanks so much, guys for your constant hard work and support. Legends.
Tell us about your future goals.
International world domination by way of touring and brainwashing. Learning how to say “thank you for listening” in the language of every country we visit.
Go into detail about your opinion on religion and politics.
My main political concern right now is the refugee crisis, and the thousands of children and minors we are failing all over Europe. Rather than expanding our compassion, more and more governments are taking a hard-line approach, and not enough normal people are engaging on the subject. Our song “Out of My Hands” is about political apathy and is told through the eyes of someone who naysays all kinds of activism. Different struggles in the song are referenced, including the refugee crisis, the homelessness crisis, and Repeal the 8th movement in Ireland.
Elaborate on how you think your music is inspiring your fans.
Our lyrical content is really sincere, and I think that it resonates with people a lot, getting them through the bad times, and helping them celebrate the good. We’re also not afraid to be musically different, and this seems to get a great response from some of our more muso fans. We were particularly struck by the effect our song “I Love You Sadie” had on our fans, old and new. It’s a song written to the female alter ego of a man, encouraging him to let go of gender stereotypes and express himself how he likes.
Explain the changes you have observed so far in the music industry.
Things are so driven by social media that it’s hard to compete with the constant flow of imagery that is thrown at people. We’re not comfortable with selfie culture and all the things that bands are expected to do now, so we’re constantly trying to navigate the changes in the industry and go against the tide when our gut tells us it’s the right thing to do.
We only arrived as Spotify was beginning, so rather than being bitter about downloading/streaming, it’s all we’ve ever known. While it’s not that profitable €€€ wise, it has enabled us to reach international markets without massive PR pushes by way of playlists (thanks Spotify). Last week our brand new single was selected for the New Music Friday UK playlist, which had over 500,000 followers.
State the artists you cherish most and your reason.
Solange, James Blake, Nao, Tribe Called Quest, Hiatus Kaiyote, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Queen, Thin Lizzy, Jeff Buckley, Simon and Garfunkel, SZA because they are all GOLDEN GODS.
Give us the links to your social network and stores.
Elaborate on how you develop your lyrics.
They all stem from moments in time, gone over and over and over. Sometimes they happen quickly, sometimes it takes months. We show each other lyrics all the time and all know exactly what goes into each word. We all have multiple notebooks and carry (at least) one at all times. A notebook left behind somewhere on tour is a sad thing.
Tell us if you enjoy collaborating with other artists.
Always. It wasn’t something that was right for our forthcoming album but we like to do it for live gigs.
Brief us your opinion on making music that makes people dance or making the kind of music with a genuine message that inspires them.
Always the latter for us. If you set out to make music for people to dance to they probably won’t dance. For us you just have to mean what you’re singing about, writing about, in order for it to have an impact. You can’t even think about ‘inspiring’ others either – we find the ones that actually do are the most sincere moments captured.
Tell us what you know about copyright.
Years ago someone told me to post ourselves our songs many of which didn’t make sense to me (still doesn’t) but I did it anyway and I still have the envelope.
Discuss the impact of a Performing Rights Organization.
They collect our royalties and pay them to us and it’s a happy day when it happens. In Ireland, they’re generally supportive…I haven’t looked for any downsides…stop making us paranoid!
Elaborate on how you develop your melody and instrumentation.
We normally bring the bones of a song to each other and then arrange it from bottom to top together. We all have flares for different aspects of arranging and producing so it works.
Go into detail on the recording process of this song.
We did a lot of pre-production ourselves on this song and were pretty happy with where the demo was at. We recorded the drums, guitar and bass together live in the studio and then added the keys layers. We went up to a remote cottage in the northwest tip of Ireland to record vocals, just the 3 of us. Then our producer, James Kelly (WIFE) did some magic atmospheric stuff. We finished this song off in London with Neil Comber, adding some extra little tasty bits.
Discuss your music performance.
Touring and gigging is our favorite part of all. We all sing -there is no lead singer, so for the audience, the focus is always changing. Our drummer has an out front set up to which creates a lot of movement, and our keyboardist plays a Moog Minotaur but switches to bass guitar for some basslines. It’s always just the 3 of us but we use tricks and techniques to create the biggest, unified sound we can. We do a lot with projections and lights and try to bring everyone into our world for a night. Pop by a gig on our Album Tour – we’ll be all over Ireland, the UK, Germany, and the Netherlands, and immerse yourself in Lingoland.
Tell us how you will rate yourself as an artist.