Half Of Me – Irish Band of the Week
The humble beginnings of our Irish Band of the Week are a little different to our usual bands. Half Of Me, although hailing from our glorious capital, actually formed in New York in 2012. Comprised of Feargal Corrigan (Guitar), Luke Nelson (Vocals/Bass) and Greg Purcell (Drums/Vocals), are not your standard run of the mill musicians. No, this bearded threesome is much more interested in creating vintage rock ‘n’ roll; classic fist-pumping, head-banging tunes with a modern twist.
With an undeniable charm, and the musical prowess to back it up, these boys are fast becoming one of my favourites with their infectious track, ‘99’. It’s got all the grit and dirty guitar of solid rock classics but the vocal make it feel far more fresh and intelligent. Considering the amount of indie/rock bands emerging at the moment, the lads are a breath of fresh air. Their first EP, also titled 99, became a firm favourite with many music fans and writers alike, with a distinctive Royal Blood quality to their elements of their music. It’s all in the details with these guys, their drums move from head-pounding assault to hushed vocals; cumulatively, it’s a lot more than a three-piece should be capable of, and still, it works. To see just how variant their work can be, check out their absolute summer gem, ‘Harbour’.
Having just finished performing at Whelan’s Summer Watch 2015, I imagine that this year still holds many opportunities for Half of Me.