- Pics & Vids
- 27 Jan 04
Dublin’s Republic of Loose may have been flying far below the A&R radar, but so what?
The quintet have found their feet away from the scrutinous glare of the music industry, and are now ready to take it to a higher plane. Providing a heady and highly alluring cocktail of Noo Yawk-inspired rock, soul, R&B and gospel, the band venture where other Irish acts simply cannot reach.
Republic of Loose were originally called Johnny Pyro and roamed the music venues of Dublin virtually unnoticed until a lineup change forced them to ditch their name. Supports with the Fun Lovin’ Criminals followed, and thus began the odyssey that took the band to Fat Cat Records (home to Will Oldham, Pavement and Jeff Buckley).
Fronted by the inspiring Mick Pyro, RoL are now masters in providing a show crammed to the gills with muscular funk and comedy wisecracks, and in a short space of time, their shows have quite simply become the talk of the town. Their single ‘Girl I’m Gonna Fuck You Up’ was a perfect slice of sexy funk rock, combining a snake hipped and wanton allure with a fresh pop sensibility.
In a city that is beginning to acknowledge life beyond the confines of the singer songwriter sect, RoL are enjoying life at the forefront of Dublin’s new dawn. The question now is: how far can they take it?