SPOOKLET & KEVIN NEARY
Whelan’s Upstairs • Wed 17th May 2023
The Valmonts are a four piece, indie pop/rock band from Galway, made up of brothers Darragh and Keith Whyte, alongside Cathal Sweeney and Tymek Kocurkiewicz. While their influences range from INXS to New Radicals and Prince, The Valmonts succeed in standing out from the crowd by approaching pop music from an angle that is completely unconventional. The unusually candid and honest songwriting makes for a refreshing contrast against their in fectious pop riffs and pulsating rhythms. Bursting onto Dublin’s music scene, the boys made their debut performance at Whelan’s Ones To Watch. It’s already clear that 2023 will be a landmark year for the band jumping right back into live shows with a support slot to Ireland’s Eurovision representatives WILD YOUTH, followed by a string of singles and summer festivals. This year is sure to put The Valmonts on the map.
“The Valmonts are taking upstairs by storm with their anthemic indie pop. The Galway lads delivered a set full of bangers to a packed house, complete with a blistering guitar solo on ‘Love Overdose’. They’ve proved up to the task of taking indie pop in an interesting direction.” – Tanis Smither, Hot Press
“‘Yesterday Kids’ makes for an instantly attention grabbing intro from The Valmonts. With a sound so vivid and rich in texture already in place it will be interesting to hear how the band build and evolve from here.” – Stephen White, The Last Mixed Tape
“The Valmonts go gunning for daytime radio with ‘Yesterday Kids’, a pop rock song that’s as sharp as the Galway four piece’s haircuts.” – Stuart Clark, Hot Press
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€8-€10 available online from Whelan’s – 50c per ticket service charge applies.
€12 on the door.
Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required.
AFTER THE SHOW
Whelan’s Silent Disco from 10:30pm – 2 DJs, just pick the one you like best (€5 cover charge), plus Late Bar.