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Whelan’s Upstairs • Sat 29th July 2023

SPEARSIDE are a three-piece band lead by brothers Oisín Walsh (vocals/guitar) and Cian Walsh (vocals/bass), along with their friend Dylan Zovich (drums). The band produces all of their music from their own home-studio in Trim, Co. Meath.

SPEARSIDE will release their fourth single “Trendsetters” 26 July 2023 to coincide with their return from London at Pump It Up Power Pop festival for another headline show at Whelans (Upstairs) on Saturday 29 July.

Inspired by garage rock heroes such as Jay Reatard, Ty Segall and Young Guv, ‘Trendsetters’ affirms the stripped back, hard hitting, and hook driven sound Spearside are rapidly becoming known for among the guitar driven underground scene in Ireland.

With allies such as Steve Lamacq of BBC 6 Music, Mickey Bradley of The Undertones, and S.W Lauden, Spearside are quickly carving out a space for themselves in the colourful world of guitar pop. The latest offering from Irish three-piece builds on the buzz that has been circling the band in recent months since their sold out show in Whelan’s, Upstairs, Dublin.

Speaking ahead of the release of ‘Trendsetters’, guitarist and singer Oisín Walsh said:

“Trendsetters is a complete capitulation to the 70s power pop aesthetic. A lot of the mojo on the recording comes from my Revox tape machine from 1974.

“It’s a shameless pop song about the breakdown of a relationship, and an attempt to capture the energy the likes of Jay Reatard brought to this type of guitar music when it looked dead and buried. Young Guv is currently leading the resurgence of power pop without falling too heavily into the cheesy stylistic tropes that age like milk.

“As much as we love power pop it’s only one aspect of our sound but I imagine it’s something that will always be part of our band even in subtle ways. It feels like we’ve ticked that box with Trendsetters, from here we can explore an array of different sounds. Who knows what we’ll put out next.”

Drawing on influences such as The Exploding Hearts, The Toms, Buzzcocks, The Adverts, Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, MC5, Flamin’ Groovies, Matthew Sweet, Jay Reatard, Ty Segall and Brian Jonestown Massacre it’s hard to fit Spearside into a category cleanly, as they sound like everything and nothing you’ve heard before.

Support comes from Old Sport a musical endeavour led by Dublin based singer songwriter, Frank Collins, (ex Classic Yellow) a devoted disciple of the sounds of the 1960s. With a blend of memorable melodies, shimmering harmonies, and infectious rhythms, Old Sport transports listeners to a nostalgic era, seamlessly infusing it with a contemporary flair.




€12 available online from Whelan’s – 50c per ticket service charge applies.

Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required.


Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue – Free Entry via front door until 10:30pm | Drinks Promos