While some bands can sleep all day and drink all night, The Kartels, a four piece rock band from Dublin have neither the luxury nor the time. All four members who work full time jobs dedicate all their spare minutes to practicing, writing and playing gigs, both in their local area and Dublin city. With songs such as “Don’t Let Them Get You Down” and “Good Times”, their uplifting style of rock influenced from the likes of U2, Kings of Leon, Ocean Color Scene and The Strokes combined together with their own blend adds a dynamic mix to the rock genre.
The band’s early days were spent gigging in venues synonymous with Dublin’s music scene such as Eamonn Doran’s and The Hub. It wasn’t long before The Kartels retreated to local venues in order to fund the recording of their first song Until Tomorrow which was recorded in the Orion Recording Studios located at Blessington Lake, where the likes of Jaded Sun and The Jordonaires have also recorded. The band continued to play locally, building a strong following and raising their profile. After raising enough funds the band then recorded their second song, The same old feeling, in the K9 Studios in Deansgrange. The band enjoyed the hospitality so much so they returned to the studio to record yet more songs.
The last two years have been kind to the band, not only have they broken out of the local scene to take on venues such as Whelans, The Twisted Pepper, The Academy and The Mezz with great success. Since 2007 they have mastered their performance, meshing well together and finding their definitive sound. The band just released their official video for their much anticipated debut single release “Dont Let Them Get You Down”. The video was shot in Westland Studios which has welcomed many top artists through its doors such as U2, Placebo, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and Neil Hannon.