Artist of the Week: D-Day

Artist of the Week: D-Day

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by James Fleming

It’s impossible to pigeonhole D-Day. They’ve got indie melodies, alternative originality and rock n’ roll balls. Taking their cues from late 60’s early 70’s rock and the stadium anthems of U2 and The Killers, they’re all set to become Galway’s answer to Thin Lizzy.

Never sacrificing the energy that powers their music – yet somehow managing to give the melodies space to breathe –  D-Day are a vital and potent rising force in the music industry today. Though currently unsigned, you can bet your ass the labels will be crawling over each other to get to them in a year’s time.

The lads have been working hard since their 2010 beginnings, supporting Thin Lizzy and The Deans at the Volvo Ocean Race in 2012, releasing a self-titled E.P in 2014, and several music videos along the way. They’ve honed their sound through countless gigs (including festivals like Rocktoberfest and the Carrickmacross Arts Festival) and recording sessions with world-renowned mix engineer Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Aerosmith, Metallica). Such sessions spawned their upcoming single Movin’ On, written as the theme for the international documentary Music Exchange, in which they are featured.

The group was formed by brothers Darragh (lead vocals, lead guitar) and Keith Whyte (drums, percussion) and their long-time friend Chris Breslin (bass, backing vocals). They went through a succession of rhythm guitarists before settling on Cathal Sweeney (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), another old friend.

Their brand of rock music is equally at home in sweaty clubs and enormodomes, combining roof-lifting hooks with high-energy intensity. And their influences reflect this: The Rolling Stones, Guns n’ Roses, The Who – arena-fillers one and all, even though they all keep their feet firmly on rock hard ground.

If you are anyways in doubt at this stage of their capabilities (and how could you be?) or if you need proof of their potential, check out the live version of their track Long Time Gone on Youtube, recorded at the Róisín Dubh. That’ll show ya. I’m telling you, these guys are going to go far.

They’re Queen without the pomp, and U2 if Bono would ever pull his head out of his arse. They have a rhythm section to match any in rock n’ roll history and a front-man who can captivate even the most cold-hearted of audiences. Give them a few years, just a few, and I guarantee you they’ll be massive. Trust me.