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The Wonder Years
Barely out of school and determined to make as much noise as possible, Wonder Villains appear to have this whole pop thing figured out.
Dave Hanratty, 26 Jul 2012
Some bands seem to exist purely as an antidote to a bad day. In the case of rambunctious Northern Irish power-pop outfit Wonder Villains, their bright and infectious sound offers a pleasant distraction in the immediate aftermath of Ireland’s particularly gruesome Spanish Inquisition in Gdansk. When the Derry natives’ pint-sized frontwoman Eimear Coyle answers her phone with a cheery ‘hello’ less than 24 hours later, an entire nation is in need of a pick-me-up. A relentlessly enthusiastic sort, Coyle is barely off the plane from Portugal following some much needed Iberian R&R with her bandmates. Having penned ‘ZOLA’ - an ode to diminutive former Chelsea hitman Gianfranco – it’s safe to assume that the Derry native has at least some interest in the beautiful game. Did her flight time manage to spare her from witnessing the mauling?
“Sadly not!” she laughs. “We were all dressed in green, ready to win and then… nightmare. It probably couldn’t have gone any worse. Well, it could have been five! Ah well, what can you do? The crowd was pretty epic and it was great to see James McClean finally make an appearance but that was about it, really.”
The failings of Trap’s Army are unlikely to inspire any great rousing musical numbers in the future, but Wonder Villains might manage it, given their mission to keep things upbeat. Fresh out of school and with no intention of growing up any time soon, they specialise in short, snappy pop bursts, the subject matter often inspired by famous characters, fictional or otherwise. Is real life simply too boring?
“Not necessarily,” says Eimear. “I was talking to someone recently and they were saying how music is their way of expressing themselves and dealing with their life, but I just don’t know how to do that. I can only write about other people, whether it’s people on TV or celebrities or whatever. I don’t know how to write about myself! I’ve never really tried. I must, though, some day. Maybe I could put a happy spin on the recession.”