Well it's April, there's a grand stretch in the evenings and I can almost smell the summer. I love everything about it (apart from the hay fever)... the beer garden buzz, jamming in the park and obviously the festivals. I'm happy to say that we're confirmed to play quite a few this year. There are two in particular that we've just announced and I'm buzzing for them. VestRock in the Netherlands will be our first European festival and we've got a cracking slot on the Saturday (3rd June). The other is Chris Evans' CarFest North, a festival that I always hear people raving about and we've a nice slot on the Friday too (28th July).
I feel like I'm saying this every month now but March was something else. The highlight on the live side of things would have to be Paddy's Day. We played two very different, but equally enjoyable shows. The first was in Koko, Camden with Dublin legend and our brother, Damien Dempsey. The crowd were in early, well up for it and the sound in that venue was perfect. The second show was in a venue called the Swan in Stockwell. We met with the band and played from 11pm - it was f*cking mental. I've never played to a crowd as up for a party (or as drunk) as they were in the Swan. The craic was 91.
Things are going very well in the lead up to our second studio album "We Rise" and my phone has started ringing for interviews. I do enjoy chatting about the making of the album and how the songs came about. It allows me to revisit the endless late studio nights, the highs and lows and the amount of adjustments I made to my daily routine in order to get into the right frame of mind to write for this album. It's been a roller-coaster and I've really learned a lot from it. I just can't wait for it to be out there now.
We also decided on, and announced our next single - a song called 'She's Got Love'. We announced it with a teaser advert online and sent it to a few people to review. To say the response was good would be a massive understatement. In the first day we were made record of the day and a-listed on RTE's Radio 1. The next day we were record of the week and on rotate on a number of stations with an endless list of congratulatory messages of love for the song... I was shocked. It's never moved this fast and I feel like we've definitely made the right decision on the single choice (although I still think the best has yet to come). One journalist called it a "proper solid indie guitar anthem, stuffed with uplifting harmonies, harking back to the glory days of Britpop, when shiny bright tunes of this ilk jangled away on almost every station across the land".
There really is so much to tell you - like how our faces will be on billboards all over Germany, or how we're off to the Netherlands for a number of sessions in the run up to release, or how we're debating an album launch in the middle of the North Sea, but I'll leave all of that for next month along with the unveiling of our EPIC album cover that we've decided upon.