Irish Band Of The Week – The Klares
This week’s Irish Band of the Week are The Klares, a Dublin based indie rock four piece. The band have been performing together since 2012 and focus on breaking the mold when writing songs. Their style is not the sound of fledgling wannabe rock stars, they know what they’re about and their confidence and musical enthusiasm is something that is palpable and genuine throughout their lyrics.
Comprised of Andy Burke (vocals and rhythm guitar), Jordan Lawless (bass and backing vocals), Eoin O’Shea (lead guitar and backing vocals) and Cormac Sheridan (drums and backing vocals), the band have already received a huge amount of critical acclaim, ranging from their first place triumph at Hot Press magazine’s Big Break school’s award in May 2015 to the successive praised they achieved with the release of their second EP, Cookoo, the same month.
A cursory glance at the band’s list of influences, Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, The Stone Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Kooks and Pink Floyd, all emphasise the reality that this is a band that creates the sound and just waits for the success and praise to roll in naturally. In an industry where showmanship is beginning to vastly outweigh songwriting and sheer bravado takes the reins, this is a band comprised of dedicated musicians with authentic talent. Their sound is unpolished, it doesn’t feel overworked but there’s a strong sense of devotion to weaving all elements together to create a classically gritty rock sound.
The band have already announced several gigs, including a performance at Whelan’s as support act for Litehouse and a headlining slot at Court Yard Leixlip Festival.
To get a real taster of what the band are about, check out Sparks Alone, which is somewhat reflective of early Arctic Monkeys but with a little more grizzle to it.