- 18 Oct 19
The Cork man makes a song and dance of it with his new single.
A joyous ode to Jack's grandmother - and the women who've inspired him throughout his life - the songs draws on the bursting dance-rock of Arcade Fire and the pop sensibilities of ABBA, evening things out with Jack's inimitable voice and penchant of strong story-telling.
Speaking about the song, Jack says: "It started as an alt country tune but after listening to alot of ABBA, Talking Heads, John Grant, 80's Leonard Cohen and Arcade Fire, it took on another sonic feel, which I hope came out in the studio with Christian Best - I wrote big layered harmonies for Gemma Sugrue who seems to be channelling Agnetha and Frida - It was inspired by my Grandmother, who was the ultimate Showwoman and alot more rock n roll than you imagine - in a Granuaile rather than Marianne Faithfull kind of a way. It's kinda like a torch song for a woman coming into her own in later years.... an elder stateswoman getting on the #metoo movement after years of being taken for granted."
Jack O'Rourke is currently in the midst of his second album, and has begun a collaboration on a tune with Bantum. He's also worked with Kormac, May Kay, Loah and Jerry Fish this year.
Listen to 'Showwomanship' here: