by Danielle Holian

How and when did the band form?

The band formed in 2012, back when we were all in school. Jack and Colin decided to get together and start playing, and the rest of us sort of just fell into it over the following year!

What is the story behind the band’s name “5 Dollar Shakes”?

Our name is a nod to the Tarantino classic ‘Pulp Fiction’. It’s a crazy film and one that’s given us a lot of inspiration over the years! We changed our name a lot over the first year but when ‘5 Dollar Shakes’ was suggested, it stuck immediately.

What attracted you to Pop Rock as a genre?

We love Pop Rock. It’s catchy and easy to listen to, yet still has that bit of edge that can be lacking from other genres.

Who are your influences?

We have so many influences, for so many different reasons! Bands such as U2, Arctic Monkeys, Biffy Clyro and Kodaline, would be just a few.

How has your music evolved since the band began?

Our music has undergone a number of transformations since the band’s beginning. Much of the music we wrote in the first two years has been completely scrapped. As well as that, a number of songs that were written before 2016 have been revamped. They used to be much cleaner, and a lot thinner. Our sound now is much heavier. We now tend to opt for dirty bass lines as opposed to over the top, treble ridden melodies. It’s an age thing really. We’re not 16 anymore and I suppose our music has matured with us.

Where do you get inspiration when writing songs?

The inspiration for our songs come from our everyday experiences. That includes the good, the bad, and anything in-between. We’ve written a number of love songs, like most bands. It’s hard to avoid. We do however include a healthy dose of songs featuring broader themes, such as growing up and experiencing the world.

What has been a highlight for the band so far?

We’ve played so many great gigs it’s hard to choose just one highlight! We loved playing Sea Sessions, and the Rose of Tralee festival is also one that we’ll never forget.

How has being from Ireland affected your music?

There’s a great music scene in Ireland, particularly in and around Dublin. A lot of what we’ve learned as a band has come from playing with these other young independent bands that are gigging away. It’s a very welcoming scene and proves that Ireland is still capable of producing some incredible musicians.

Where can someone view your music?

Our music is everywhere! Just type in 5 Dollar Shakes to pretty much anything and you’ll find us! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Spotify, YouTube, itunes, Soundcloud, the list goes on!

Any plans to release any new music?

Well, we just released our new EP ‘Come and See Enough to Stay’, as well as a music video for our track Auxiliary Love which you can check out on YouTube! The plan next is to do the album. We’ve been writing like mad men this year so we have plenty of music we want to release! We’re really happy with our new songs so fingers crossed you’ll see an album soon!

What does your music reflect about the band?

I feel our music reflects our determination and desire to make a living doing what we love to do. We’ve poured our hearts and souls into these songs, and I think that comes across. There’s a lot of raw emotion there and our music reflects that.

Do you have any gigs coming up?

We have a few coming up! We’re in Breen’s Bar, down in Gorey, Wexford, this Friday the 27th! Then we have the Market House Festival and Shedfest in July. We have some other dates planned that we’ll be announcing soon too!

Any advice for people wanting to start a band?

Practice. Even when you think your playing is tight, it can always be tighter. We’ll gig as much as possible too, even if it’s a small gig, each one you have under your belt will stand to you.

What are your plans for the future?

We’re going to promote our new EP as much as possible, and then get cracking on the album!

Any last words?

Yeah, make sure you check out our new music video ‘Auxiliary Love’ on YouTube! Thanks!