- 23 Aug 11
On the launch day for their first ever single, one of Ireland’s hottest unsigned acts The Fallen Drakes talk violent warm-ups, tips from The Commitments and an incredible 2011.
Music isn’t a competition but if it was The Fallen Drakes would be winning. Still very much in their infancy (a going concern since ’09), this year the Dublin-based band have already hit the kind of heights many others take decades to reach. They’ve managed to take to the stages of Vicar St., the O2 and the RDS without a full-length record under their collective belt.
Hot Press meets the quartet in Dublin’s Library Bar on another big day in a host of recent big days. First single ‘Girl From New York’ has launched that morning and sits pretty at the top of the iTunes Rock Chart. This evening, there will a celebration, as the boys headline Whelan’s. There is, it must be said, a notable absence of the usual back-slapping. Instead, you’re faced with four musicians projecting a mixture of disbelief, modesty and pure excitement. The way bassist Hyder tells it: “I’ve never won anything before in my life, y’know? If it’s a two horse race I’ll come third!”
Perhaps it was lucky, then, that they never actually managed to meet Mr. Jon Bon Jovi himself. “We left early actually,” smiles Nabz. “We wanted to beat the traffic.” Brian elaborates: “It’s such a big operation that you’re never going to get to meet them. We didn’t realise. It’s not a band, it’s a brand. But you have to respect that, they’ve had 25 years at the top.” For The Fallen Drakes, that’s the ultimate long-term plan. More immediately? A full album release, of course, and… “Croke Park” smiles Hyder. His brother sounds a touch more serious. “Well, if there’s a competition or anything going” Nabz deadpans. “then… maybe!” Tomorrow Croker, Tuesday week – the world.