- 24 Jul 20
"We were gigging a lot that month and this song is really inspired by the atmosphere that is unique to a rock concert – which is ironic now, as we won’t be having that live music experience again for a while."
Between their youth and vintage sound, the Belfast three-piece have all the passion of a garage band set for superstardom.
20-year-old and 16-year-old siblings Mollie and Mamie McGinn formed Dea Matrona alongside their lifelong friend Orlaith Forsythe in their hometown of Belfast two years ago, armed with formidable talent.
Mollie and Orlaith originally met in school, bonding over their love of Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin and The Beatles, with Mollie’s younger sister Mamie completing the line-up on drums.
Former Eagles guitarist Dan Felder has been a long-time supporter of the trio, with the influence of Debbie Harry, Stevie Nicks, and even Joni Mitchell showcased in their new single ‘Make You My Star’.
Harnessing the energy of the great women of classic rock before them, Dea Matrona have worked to create a unique and refreshing sound that combats the often heterogenous musical climate of today.
Recently playing the Hot Press Lockdown Sessions, the band covered ‘Crossroads’ by Cream, ‘Walk This Way’ by Aerosmith and ‘Whole Lotta Love’ by Led Zeppelin before playing some of their own tracks.
The band’s songwriting owes much to their classic influences, but with HAIM-level harmonies to boot.
The track was mastered by the legendary Jon Astley (The Who), and produced by Mollie, Mamie and Orlaith themselves.
The single adds a nostalgic back-in-time feel emanating that of the golden age of rock n’ roll, complete with a shredding guitar solo, and dripping with infectious melodies.
“We wrote ‘Make You My Star’ late one night in the garage back in November," Dea Matrona said of the song.
"It started out with the guitar riff and came very quickly to us. ‘Make You My Star’ really captures our live sound, and is our heaviest song to date," the trio add.
"We were planning to release this in April to play on tour but our plans got delayed with all that’s going on right now. We had so much fun with it, we really hope people can hear that!”
Honing their brilliant live skills by performing to packed out rooms all over their native Ireland and the UK, the band have headlined sold out gigs at Black Box (Belfast) and Whelan’s (Dublin).
After a video of Dea Matrona on stage went viral on Twitter, the group found themselves co-signed by Irish music legend Imelda May.
The girls are now attracting international attention, and are set to perform live streams for Rockwood Music Hall in New York City as well as for playtoomuch.com.
Listen to 'Make You My Star' from Dea Matrona below: