Irish Band Of The Week – In Their Thousands
This week’s Irish Band of the Week is the Donegal three piece In Their Thousands, an alternative folk rock band formed in 2011 and comprised of The McClafferty brothers, Aidan and Declan, and their cousin Ruairí Friel. The boys rented out a house and began recording an EP throughout the summer which would go on to be affectionately known as The Steeples EP. It received many favourable responses at the Earagail Arts Awakening festival in February 2012, before releasing their second EP, Cellars, in September of the same year. The boys continued to work relentlessly, releasing an additional two EPs, Between the Waters in 2013 and ENDS in 2014.
The band’s sound is incredibly diverse – drawing upon edgy electric rock at times, before seamlessly transitioning to haunting vocals against an acoustic backdrop. In Their Thousands have already mastered the art of live performances, having relentlessly played the festival circuit for the last few years, including Electric Picnic, Westport Festival of Music & Food, Knockanstockan, Vantastival, Glasgowbury, Derry Folk Festival, Carnival of Colours, Little Apple Cider Festival (Cornwall) and completed several UK and European tours throughout the years, all of which has provided the inspiration for the album they’re currently working on.
In September 2015, the band released the second track, ‘Four In the Morning’ and just before Christmas, their third track, ‘The Woodcutter’, was released. These tracks were released under the Andromeda Artisans Platform, an artist-focused collective. ‘Woodcutter’ was featured on the John Murray show and has been billed as one of the band’s most enchanting and haunting songs. It’s a track that perfectly reflects the band’s ethos of seeking the unconventional for their inspiration in both songwriting and performance. Their continuous focus on changing their style means their sound has a fluidity that appeals to the masses, whether it’s to loves of acoustic folk or edgy, pulsating rock.
Currently the band are writing material for their forthcoming debut album and have also just announced a gig in Whelan’s upstairs venue for 9 March, so if you’d like to see some poetry in motion, check it out!
Watch the video and listen to ‘Woodcutter’ here: