IrishCentral.com’s top Irish bands of the last five years - SEE VIDEOS
Up and coming, popular bands in Ireland right now
Their second album “You Can Make Sound was released” on in October 2009 which led to another two Meteor nominations for the band in 2010. The band have toured the likes of Bell X1 and The Futureheads and has expand its fan base at home and throughout Europe.
5. Republic Of Loose
The Republic of Loose is one of the most original bands on the Irish music scene. For example their newest record “Bounce at the Devil” saw them relocated to Baltimore to immerse themselves in black American music and culture.
Their style is self-described as “the stuff your dad likes” their debut album was called “This is the Tomb of the Juice” and singles received considerable air time. In 2006 their released their second album “Aaagh!” and achieved platinum sales. “Vol IV: Johnny Pyro and the Dance of Evil” their third album, was released in 2008.
The Villagers have performed at numerous festivals and toured with Tracy Chapman, Bell X1 and Tindersticks. Their debut album “Becoming a Jackal” released in 2010 was shortlisted for the highly coveted Mercury Prize.
7. Ham Sandwich
Blessed with a creative yet polished sound the band from Meath has released five singles and two albums “Carry the Meek” and “White Fox”. They were pegged in 2007 by the Sunday Times as “Ones to Watch” and have enjoyed a massive following throughout Ireland and have been constantly critically acclaimed.
Director’s 2007 album “We Thrive On Big Cities” brought the band widespread success in Ireland, debuting at number two in the album charts for four weeks. Its follow up “I’ll Wait For Sound” saw them showcase a harder, rawer sound.
The band from Malahide, Dublin have toured solo and also with Hard-Fi, Goo Goo Dolls, The Fratellis and Razorlight.
RoySeven’s debut album “The Art of Insincerity” was released in 2006. Following this the band received the Hope Away at the Meteor Awards. The band has had considerable success in Germany and toured and played festivals throughout Ireland. They have been dubbed and exciting new presence in the Irish music scene.
10. Fight Like Apes
The band got a name for themselves because of their elongated record titles, inspired by B-movies. For example their two EPs were “How Am I Supposed to Kill You If You Have All the Guns?” and “David Carradine is a Bounty Hunter Whos Robotic Arm Hates Your Crotch”. They then released two albums “Fight Like Apes and the Mystery of the Golden Medallion” and “The Body of Christ and the Legs of Tina Turner”.
They have been named the fourth best act of their generation by The Irish Times. The band have toured with The Von Bondies, The Ting Tings, The Prodigy and Kasabian. The band have been nominated for five Meteor Music Awards and a Choice Music Prize.
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