- 14 Sep 16
Their rapid rise has been unlike any ever seen in Irish music. As their wild ride heads for Stradbally, Picture This discuss their headstrong approach, their crowd-pleasing style, and why you won't catch them behind a velvet rope any time soon.
As Picture This sit across the table in a Dublin coffee shop it’s hard to wonder if there’s not some sort of Freaky Friday-shit going on. The success of a veteran act, with multiple albums and hefty touring schedules stretching back over a decade, has been assumed by a pair of young pretenders.
The following day, the duo will play a free gig in Athy. It will be their first time performing in their County Kildare hometown, where a full 5,000 tickets were snapped up within hours. In a town with a population of around 10,000, that’s both utterly incredible and a local burglar’s dream come true. A not dissimilar number of fans will pack out the Olympia Theatre across three nights in November, with the sold out signs flung up almost immediately after tickets were released. The last act to draw Dublin crowds like this despite less than a year’s experience under the belt was Pope John Paul II.
We meet on the morning that their eponymous debut EP hits the shelves. A week later it will crash straight into the Irish charts at No. 1, an independent release consisting of five self-produced tracks storming ahead of major-label records that were probably finished before Jimmy Rainsford and Ryan Hennessy had even met. It’s all enough to make Hot Press’ head spin, so can the boys themselves make sense of it?