07 January 2012
2012 is shaping up to be a big year for a Dingle-based band whose edgy acoustic rock, classical piano and polished pop sound have earned them major kudos on the national music scene.
Walking on Cars, who are tipped for big things by those in the know, had a very successful year in 2011, selling out a string of live gigs, not to mention their live performances alongside the likes of The Coronas, O Emperor and rock legends Whipping Boy.
The West Kerry five-piece comprises of Patrick Sheehy on vocals and rhythm guitar, Sorcha Durham on piano, Paul Flannery on bass guitar, Evan Hadnett on drums and Tom Kavanagh on lead guitar and backing vocals.
The band got together in the Summer of 2010 when they began writing their songs together in a friend’s caravan.
They are currently signed to Coal Records and their debut EP is due out in mid-2012. According to the band's management, Triona Duignan of BeoBinn and James Mahon of Coal Records, music for the new EP is currently being reviewed for inclusion by a number of high profile producers based in Ireland, Finland and Sweden.
“2012 will see the release of two singles from their debut EP and they are looking to releasing their first album before next Christmas,” Triona Duignan told us this week.
“We started out by recording a demo in a caravan in Ventry,” lead guitarist Tom Kavanagh added, who also used to play tin-whistle with the Quay Wren.
“We had some great gigs last year, including one in France which was great. We had a house back west and over the past three months we have been writing and recording.”
“Our sound is modern pop/rock with very distinctive lead vocals - it's a big sound with great emphasis on melodies and harmonies . We think our sound is going to be the soundtrack to 2012 so be prepared!”
Walking on Cars also featured in a recent TG4 documentary and the buzz surrounding these young musicians is palpable.
Anyone who would like to get a flavour of what Walking on Cars are all about can do so this Saturday January 7 as they are set to play the Marina Inn in Dingle. “It’s going to be epic!” Tom added. Check out Walking on Cars HERE