If you had to describe your music/style in a sentence, what would you say?Trumpet-core

Have you always wanted to create music? How did you get into it?
Dara (guitar): I’ve been deep into wanting to pursue music ever since I mimed all of the American Idiot album with a tennis racket guitar.

Patrick (drums): Other than being a professional GAA player (no such thing), I’ve always dreamed of pursuing a career in music. Watching Boney M and the Saw Doctors play at my Local GAA pitch back in the early 00s really inspired me. Seeing the production, crew and excitement of the crowd was amazing.

Can you pinpoint a live gig or a piece of music that initially inspired you?
Joel (guitar): Dara and I went to see Explosions In The Sky at the Philharmonic in 2016. I’m pretty sure it was the first time the two of us met Patrick. It was pretty magical.

P: I watched And So I Watch You From Afar play the Retro in Portrush (N. Ireland) when I was 18. There were people literally hanging from netting that was on the roof of the bar, it was fucking crazy.

Do you have a favourite song or piece of music to perform? What does it say about you?
J: I like playing Lest We Remember. It’s usually the first time in the set where I pick up the trumpet which is always a big crowd pleaser. It freaked out a few people at a doom metal festival in Limerick.

D: I always dig playing Breezehome. It usually comes early in the set after a serious, crescendo-y post rock song and it’s like telling the crowd, “Oh no, but we actually like having the craic as well.”

“Music can take you to some strange places”

Do you have a favourite song or piece of music to perform? What does it say about you?
J: I like playing Lest We Remember. It’s usually the first time in the set where I pick up the trumpet which is always a big crowd pleaser. It freaked out a few people at a doom metal festival in Limerick.

D: I always dig playing Breezehome. It usually comes early in the set after a serious, crescendo-y post rock song and it’s like telling the crowd, “Oh no, but we actually like having the craic as well.”

What do you think is the overriding influence on your songwriting: other art, emotions, current affairs – or a mixture of all of these?
J: We’re really just trying to combine Summer Ends (Live at Webster Hall) by American Football with Don Henley’s Boys of Summer.

P: I find we get a lot of inspiration through touring and seeing/meeting new people. We all have very different tastes in music, however, we seem to write this weird crossover of experimental rock/jazz, that being said we always seem to find a happy medium.

If you could support any artist in the future, who would it be?
J: Jimmy Buffett
D: Bruce Springsteen
P: Kings of Leon

Do you have a favourite venue you’ve performed in? If so, what makes it special?
J: Our EP launch at Kitchen Street was special. It was early on for us as a band and it went so well it really inspired us to keep going. It’s always great to see people helping [the venue] out when times are tough. Hopefully they pull through.

Why is music important to you?
P: It’s all I’ve ever been good at! Playing this weird style of music can take you to some strange places, however, some really cool places too. We have plans of touring Scandinavia next year, UK, mainland Europe and possibly Asia
 

A Burial At Sea is available now via Moment of Collapse Records.

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