Irish Band Of The Week – Shadows and Dust
This Monday brings us back down to Dublin to find our Irish Band of the Week, having headed up North last time for our first feature band Little Bear.
This time, our feature space is demanded by the soft-spoken acoustic rock tones of Dublin four-piece Shadows and Dust. Earlier this week saw the launch of a video for their track “Homely Ground” from their forthcoming debut EP “Each Year Forever”. The video comes from the very talented director, Alec Moore and the collaboration between the band and Alec works fantastically with the tune.
A combination of male and female vocals, an impressive strings section for such a small band with Lia Wright on violin and Erik Vaughan on double bass, and the dynamically commanding percussion of Micheál Quinn merge together to create something incomparable to anything on the Irish scene and put them miles beyond anyone trying to create an equal sound. Though so softly spoken, the band’s sound is nothing but compelling. Bon Iver is listed among their influences, with Bon Iver drummer Séan Carey contributing to the album artwork for their upcoming EP, and it’s an influence you can just quite hear in songs such as “Homely Ground” and “The Bridge of Sighs” particularly down to their similarly chilling lyrics.
19 year-old, lead vocalist Dermot Kennedy has previously released his own E.P. but it’s with the strings-filled melodies of the band and the dulcet vocal additions by Lia Wright that make the raspy tones of his voice come to life. There’s a raw quality to Dermot’s vocals that make Shadows and Dust’s tracks so emotionally weighted and hard-hitting and sets themselves so far apart from the myriad of other Irish bands attempting to break onto the current Dublin scene.
Shadows and Dust release their debut EP “Each Year Forever ” on June 7th with an EP launch night taking place in the beautifully intimate Unitarian Church, a perfect setting for the hauntingly compelling quartet. They’re not a band that should be missed in a live set-up and it’s sure to be a remarkable set.
Check out their brand new video for “Homely Ground” below.
Article by Laur Ryan