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Bruised, starry-eyed and rousing, The Grand Wake are a 4 piece garage-rock band from Dublin, Kildare and Offaly.

The band will shortly release their debut EP “Silent Screen”, which was self-produced at an 18th century manor house in Banagher, Co Offaly during the cold and grey Irish summer.

Seeking minimal distraction in a rural setting, the band hoped to indulge some of their more unconventional recording ideas. The EP was recorded as live as possible in their makeshift studio dubbed ‘Joachim’s Basement’ (after the houses charismatic owner).

Working day and night (fuelled by Joachim’s legendary coffee) the band packed the recordings with character from the eerie space, pursuing flaws as often as trying to outrun them. “We weren’t quite sure how some experiments would work out, but being in charge meant we had to own our mistakes and triumphs.”

Using every forgotten room and hall for ambience and effect, the desire was to create something purposeful whilst always leaving plenty of room for chance.

“We could record it again 100 times and not get the same results.”

The result is “Silent Screen”, a 4 track E.P. of short, dynamic songs interlaced with melancholy that will leave you feeling hopeful and exhilarated.

First single “Ordinary” is released on the 28th March.

Reviews for “Suffragette”:

NIALLER9: “Garage-rock is very often a signifier of retro bands. A celestial organ running through the centre of the song lifts (it) up from a period piece. Encouraging.”

THE LAST MIXED TAPE: “Filled with vivid production, the track covers a broad spectrum sonically as it jumps and drops dynamically. With each burst of organ and pounding beat leaving an impact, The Grand Wake sound like a band at home with their own music.”

MEDIUM: “An intensely catchy garage-vibed cracker”


€7 tickets available online from WAV Tickets or Lo-Call 1890 200 078 (1-8pm M-F, 4-8pm Sat)

– 50c per ticket service charge applies on phone, internet or creditcard bookings. Final ticket price may be higher from other outlets.

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