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Gimme hindie rock
They had their hearts broken and went nu-folk. Yes, it’s been a time of upheaval for former Libertine-alikes The Gandhis.
Roisin Dwyer, 21 May 2012
“We all broke up with our girlfriends – got destroyed by women basically!” smiles Conor Deasy (no, not the dude from The Thrills) to the laughter of his bandmate Niall Cullen.
One half of The Gandhis is seated in the Hot Press office extension (aka The Library Bar) with your humble reporter, discussing the plaintive heartfelt folk stylings of current opus After Autumn. The collection stands in contrast to the Libertines-esque indie bluster of its predecessor You Are My Friend and with its songs of heartache and loss, marks a thematic as well as sonic departure.
“It happened naturally after the first album that we started writing songs that were more simple and included lots of harmonies,” says Niall. “Lots of our previous arrangements were maybe more complicated than they should have been.”
“Lyrically it is very different. On the first record we were having craic, it was more throwaway pop, but now the songs are serious,” notes Conor. “We were saying the other day you’re basically just going (does an impression of someone having a massive barf) that’s my failed relationship. We had five gigs over the launch weekend and by the last night we were totally drained!”
The aforementioned weekend consisted of several gigs in different locations around the city, the piece de resistance being a performance on a barge in the Grand Canal.
“When we got to the part of the canal at the Barge pub we had to wait for the lock to open and fill and a pretty big crowd of curious people formed!” laughs Niall.
“We also played a gig in our house on Cork St. and one in the Ferocious Mingle market on Thomas St., it’s a really cool indoor market,” adds Conor. “We had a show in the Co-Op too.”
“We really enjoyed those weird gigs in unusual places, we’re going to do a lot more of them,” he says. “When you play somewhere different it’s more enjoyable for you because you are out of your comfort zone and it’s more interesting for the gig-goers too.”
The band’s live show has evolved dramatically over the last few months. After wrestling with their set for an extended period they made the bold choice to omit old material from performances.