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In January 2011, Lead Singer John and guitarist Hughie recorded an experimental EP at Driftwood Studios with the help of Dave Sadlier (Bass) and Paul Donnelly (drums). In March 2011, their self titled EP was released on I tunes which led to a sell-out in Dublin’s Crawdaddy venue. With a nice write up in Hotpress and another sell out show at the Academy 2 backed by MCD last July, the band finished 2011 writing and planning their first major release. Funded by weekly gigging around Dublin, The Ambertones decided on the prestigious Grouse Lodge which has seen the likes of Michael Jackson, Will I am and Snow Patrol. The next step was to identify a prestigious producer and the band were alerted to the availability of Nick Brine: a talented engineer and producer who has recorded the likes of Coldplay, Oasis, Stone Roses, Bruce Springsteen. Nick took time out of recording the Darkness’ latest offering to record in Dublin with “The Tones”. The band recorded tracks “Sparks to Flames” and “The Fighter” which will be released on 10 August 2012 with a single launch in Whelans. The single’s proceeds will go directly to the Motor Neuron foundation of Ireland. The single has already been showcased by Hot Press at the RDS Music Weekend as one of “Ireland’s hottest new tracks.”

Proceeds go to Motor Neuron Disease

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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, 12am).