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Origin: Tipperary, Ireland
Currently: Galway, Ireland
Years Active: 2011 - Present
Label: Umbrella Records
Who we are
Derek Ellard and the future business model are a four piece Alt/Folk/rock band based out of Galway, Ireland.
Consumed by the nuance of human condition, the band's songwriter, Derek, delves head first into the woes of our current climate with his emotionally charged rhetoric reinforced by their distinct use of vocal harmonies and metrical sleight of hand. As deliberately challenging as it is intoxicating.
Often hysterical, invariably restless but principally honest. Pushing folk rock in new and challenging directions. Blurring the lines of genre definition through expansive production, stealing pages from math rock, jazz, electronica all the while nurturing a pop sensibility. Produced, recorded and released, in conjunction with Joseph Padfield under the Umbrella records collective.
"an intoxicating brew of folk and post rock that’s peppered with a little bit of prog and it should see the four-piece’s stock soar over the months ahead.” Hotpress, Edwin McFee
"he has begun to shake and stir the foundations of conventional acoustic singer song writing with harmonies,poly-rythms,and beautiful guitar based syncopation, presented in a digestible manner that even the least experienced listener can enjoy right up to the most knowledgeable amateur musicologists"
"while having a definite folk basis similar to that of Frank Turner and The Frames, also feature plenty of variety with nods to the math rock happiness of Enemies or TTNG. The trio incorporate plenty of tasteful, raspy vocal harmonies reminiscent of Dry the River or Bear’s Den"
The Thin Air
"an undeniable way with an acoustic guitar, his fingerpicking style gels beautifully with his husky rasp as he uses a rather unusual technique to create memorable songs"
Lauren Murphy, The Irish Times
"a complex song of many moving parts and yet never sounds rushed or crowded. It is the sound of an artist who has honed his craft and got his shit together, which is always something to celebrate"
Dave Boland - Not Bad.ie
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