- 11 Oct 17
Drunken nights in Athy and sleepless nights in Nashville helped produce Picture This’ stunning debut album. They break down the stories behind their biggest songs, talk about being courted by super-producers in the States, and explain why they’re unashamedly proud of how far they’ve come. “We’re a fuckin’ great band,” they tell Peter McGoran.
“This was purely us. This is us, down to every little detail – the artwork, the design, the songs, writing, producing – everything.”
Jimmy Rainsford, one half of Irish sensations Picture This, appears slightly emotional as he stares at the physical copy of the duo’s first ever album. It’s early on a Thursday morning in the upstairs canteen of Warner Studios, and it’s the first time that he and frontman Ryan Hennessy have had a chance to see the self-titled LP in the flesh. I can tell that it means a lot to them, and I feel particularly privileged to be the first journalist to speak to the lads as they observe it.
When Hot Press last spoke to Picture This back in December for our 2017 Annual (where they took their well-deserved place as ‘Hot Press Newcomers of the Year’), even the idea for their debut album was a half-formed thing. Despite having released a chart-topping EP and sold out consecutive shows at the Olympia Theatre, the two lads from Athy, Co. Kildare, seemed more preoccupied with sharing music online with their extraordinarily dedicated fanbase – colloquially known as the ‘Picture This Army’ – than cooping themselves up in a studio.