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Galants launch their self-titled debut EP which is released on Jigsaw Records on 25th November.
Support on the night comes from Junk Drawer
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Galants are a noise-pop four piece from Dublin incorporating the jangled pop tones of Teenage Fanclub, the fuzzed-out assault of Dinosaur Jr and the reverberated bombast of My Bloody Valentine.
In the summer of 2015 the band released a trilogy of singles recorded at Darklands Audio, showcasing an aesthetic of cascading layers, riotous drums and soft melodious vocals. The first track, ‘This is Heaven’ saw Galants merge Bob Mould-esque power pop hooks within a textural noise bedrock and was marked out by Nialler9 as a “track of the week” in The Irish Times.
Second single, ‘Seventeen’ caught the attention of Hot Press Magazine who named the song as a “single of the fortnight” and later profiled the band as a rising act to watch. To complete the set, a final track ‘Out of Sight’ was released in September and was singled out for praise by The Thin Air and BBC Ulster’s Across the Line who showcased the song as a “track of the day”.
Galants is originally the brainchild of David Kennedy who formed the band in January 2014 having moved to Dublin from London. Harbouring a love for Creation Records era 90s alternative rock, the road eventually led to the meeting of James McDonald (Drums, ex-Yakuza), Colin O’Dwyer (Bass, Thedaysofyourlife) and Ruairi Paxton (Guitar, ex-The Things & Sweet Jane)
Galants recently appeared at Hard Working Class Heroes in October 2016 and are set to release their debut EP this autumn. Lead single, ‘Evergreen’, is currently streaming on Spotify.
“Fans of distorted fuzz rock will be pleased to have This Is Heaven hit their ear canals. Recalling the best of ’90s indie, Dublin band Galants channel shoegaze and punchy melodic rock for their first of a trilogy of summer singles.” – IRISH TIMES (Nialler9)
“Dublin noise-pop quartet Galants are a band that proudly – and very impressively – wear their influences on their collective sleeve. Forging the fuzzed-out, forward-moving indie rock of Dinosaur Jr. and early Yo La Tengo with the nebulous ‘gaze of My Bloody Valentine and tight, Byrds-influenced harmonies of Teenage Fanclub, their sound is unabashed hero worship but with more than enough deviation and departure to make it all their own” – THE THIN AIR
“Taken from Galants forthcoming debut E.P., ‘Evergreen’ is a fuzz driven new single that splices together indie-pop melodic hooks and thrills with shoegaze haze and wall of distortion. Moving at palpable pace the song slides easily from obscured vocals to big bursts of load fuzzy guitar riffs in an instant. Sounding more and more cohesive with each new release ‘Evergreen’ is possibly Galants most sonically accomplished track to date. Boding very well for the band’s debut E.P. (due out this Autumn), ‘Evergreen’ is an indie-gem all on its own” – THE LAST MIXED TAPE
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Formed in a Belfast bedroom in 2015 by brothers Stevie & Jake Lennox and Brian Coney from rural Mid-Ulster, Junk Drawer are an indie rock quartet. Featuring members of Sister Ghost, PigsAsPeople & Mons Olympus (amongst others), they function as much as a collective as a they do a band; each member is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, with roles changing from song-to-song depending on how they feel it should take form.
Musically, they’re driven by the near-telepathic sense of chemistry & harmony that comes from a sibling creative rivalry at the helm, as well as four musical magpies collecting and sharing inspiration from all corners, including krautrock, guitar-driven ’80s & ’90s indie & alternative rock, post-punk, and psych. Lyrically, it’s kitchen sink absurd realism about the human condition, with influences ranging from Jonathan Franzen to Stewart Lee, Marc Maron to Mark Kozelek.
Before their number of gigs could be counted on more than one hand, Junk Drawer supported Jeffrey Lewis – who proclaimed them “the best support band I’ve seen in really quite some time” – and were included in 2016’s Hard Working Class Heroes showcase.
They’ve received airplay and plaudits on BBC 6Music from Tom Robinson – who also included them in his BBC Introducing Mixtape – BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart, RTE 2fm’s Dan Hegarty as well as the BBC Across The Line and Electric Mainline’s Steven McCauley, amongst others further afield.
The band’s latest single, ‘Song 3’ was taken off their new EP ‘For The Cult Fat Guy’ – out October 28 – was featured on Little L Records’ recent four-way split, ‘A Litany Of Failures’, which follows up on 2015’s ‘Their Self-Loathing Debut (Mostly)’.
Junk Drawer are set to launch their EP, “For the Cult Fat Guy” on 28 October.
“Right now, they are devastating the world of indie music. Your next favourite band, we promise!” – THIRD OUTING
“Fans of Dinosaur Jr will dig the throwback guitar sound of their squalling lo-fi rock music” – Nialler9 (IRISH TIMES)
“Fans of Pavement, Slint & Grandaddy, watch out for this EP.” – Dan Hegarty, RTE 2FM
“Absolutely stunning. I love Junk Drawer. I’ve loved them since I first heard them.” – Stephen McCauley (BBC RADIO ULSTER/FOYLE)
“Sounding like the battered cassette your older brother played to death trying to impress girls in the 90’s, Junk Drawer somehow capture the hell for leather instrumentation of a band nearing ever closer to the edge.” – ENCORENI
“There’s no getting around how infectious Junk Drawer’s music is.” – THE LAST MIXED TAPE
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