Bagels – Irish Band of the Week
This week’s Irish Band of the Week is Bagels, an awesome foursome from Dundrum in Dublin that take great joy in playing music and naming themselves after circular food. Started almost five years ago, the boys have gone on to build themselves quite a fan base, one that even extends beyond those who like bagels. Comprised of Adam Redmond, Ciarán Byrne, Jack Rudden and Jamie Kealy, the band was formed whilst in “Jamie’s sitting room… playing ‘Seven Nation Army’… over and over… poorly…”. Once they learned to play that track, and many more, better they moved on to performing weekly on Grafton Street. However, their high energy performances can be found in a variety of places beyond Grafton Street, including Sweeney’s, the Light Colour Sound Festival, and have even graced the stage at KnockanStockan.
It’s hard to categorise the band into one musical genre, which is great in itself because it demonstrates an adaptability and musical flexibility to their sound and style. However, they do have quite an interesting list of influences and favourites, admiring The Vaccines, Bombay Bicycle Club, but also Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and And So I Watch You From Afar. Again, strands of these influences can be seen in their performances and style. The eloquent vocals, combined with the clash of guitar and drums, prove to be the musical lovechild of Bombay Bicycle Club and Foals. They’ve a great catalogue of tracks up on Soundcloud, so be sure to check them out, particularly ‘All or Nothing’ and ‘Lurmo’ which display both great songwriting abilities but also beautiful vocals. Just be sure to keep listening until the end to really see what these boys can do.
Words by Elaine McDonald