The Gandhis @ Jack of Diamonds Festival (photos)

The first thing that comes to mind when I think about The Gandhi’s set is “talented musicians”. Their songs are deep and the instruments blend together nicely. It’s simply a sound you can feel, not just hear. The Mercantile hosted them last Saturday, towards the end of the second day of Jack of Diamonds Festival and even though the place wasn’t exactly packed full of people(which was surprising), those that were there had a really good time. The relatively small venue and the good music made their set more intimate. It was nice to see the band members chat with people from the audience after they got off the stage. I suppose this is one of the best things about small gigs; the audience is much more connected to the artists.

The Dublin based band  released their debut album, You Are My Friend, in March 2011. It was the band’s transition from being a college band into something more serious. After a period of intensive gigging , the band realized they they needed new material as “the songs from the debut had been played so many times it was as if the life and soul had been sucked out of them”.

It was obvious that in order to be able to fully commit to their music, the band needed to quit their jobs. That proved to the best thing they could have done, even if it was “terrible financially”. After Autumn, their next album, was born from the mix of happiness (they were able to do what they’ve always wanted) and depression (financial insecurity). As with many artists, depression is often a source of creativity.  Unlike their debut album which was written over a long period of time, After Autumn was shaped during a long weekend in a remote village in county Clare.  The album was launched in March 2012 under 1969 Records Ltd. label.

Band members:

  • Niall Cullen – bass, vocals
  • Conor Deasy – guitar, vocals
  • Aidan McKelvey – guitar, vocals
  • Bazz O’Reilly – drums, vocals

More info about the band and their music on their website, Facebook page and Twitter account.

See all the photos from Jack of Diamonds Festival.


Lucy Ivan

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