Irish Band Of The Week – Wolves Of Youth
This week’s Irish Band of the Week is Donegal/Cavan-based Wolves of Youth. The lads are a hard-working bunch of indie-rockers, primarily hailing from Bundoran, comprised of Garry Doherty (Lead vocals/Guitar), Stephen Shelly (Guitar/vocals), Ciaran O Reilly (Bass/vocals) and Daniel McGettigan (Drums/Vocals). Their fantastically lively and energetic performances have already garnered them a lot of attention, in spite of the fact that the boys only formed in April 2014. Upon forming, their aim was simple, to create fiery combination of music and rhythm that was not only lyrically strong but appealed to the masses who were looking for dance anthems.
Their musical inspiration comes from some of the biggest indie-rock musicians of our time, including Biffy Clyro, Bloc Party, Twin Atlantic, Alkaline Trio and Royal Blood. When compiling this list of inspiration, the guys decided to consider what overlapped, what they liked, and what they creatively butted heads over. This resulted in a wonderfully creative menagerie of noise, one that has become idiosyncratic to the band. Of course, it was never going to be hard for them to forge their own sounds as all members of the band are accomplished musicians who have all played in previous bands and have collectively supported great Irish acts such as Delorentos, Flaws, The Blizzards, Dirty Epics, Adebisi Shank and Bats, as well as playing many festivals and venues in both Ireland and Europe.
Impressively, the band have been relentlessly touring throughout the country since their formation over a year ago, supporting Irish acts such as Mundy, Rainy Boy Sleep, The Strypes and Bressie as well as receiving radio play on stations such as iRadio, Ocean FM (EP of the week), 2XM and BBC Ulster’s Across the Line.
The band have even released their wonderful self-titled EP Wolves Of Youth, featuring three original songs of ‘These Days’, ‘Not Leaving Without You’, and ‘Snowflakes’ but their setlist is bursting at the seams with over twenty songs. Furthermore, when the band aren’t touring, they’re eagerly writing away, trying to create some more exciting indie-dance anthems.
The boys are back in the capital, recording some more fantastic tunes, but if you can’t wait until that’s released, then check out the EP, with both physical and digital copies available to purchase here.