Just three months ago, a song by a young, fresh Irish band won the Clancy Brother’s Song Writing Competition – that band was Doppler, with a track entitled, The Truth is Not Your Own, the soon to be lead track on the band’s début E.P, which will be released in January 2016.
Fortunately for us, and the 2, 600 followers currently on the band’s Soundcloud, we don’t actually have to wait four months to hear some tunes from the boys. There are nine tracks ready and waiting for eager ears.
According to Doppler’s Facebook page, the band achieved relative success early on, featuring in some American indie films and enjoying airtime on various national and international radio stations. However, the friends went their separate ways, only recently deciding to reassemble – and then winning various Irish awards, such as RTE 2XM Song of the Week in March. Their influences are a wide mix, ranging from Queen and Marvin Gaye to Daft Punk and Weezer, indicating a group of musically well-educated lads who will, no doubt, demonstrate this in their own sound. Their name presumably stems from the Doppler effect, and the idea of changing wave frequencies in sound relative to the observer.
The first track available to listen to on their Soundcloud is Railroad, their most recent single. A notably longer than usual track at almost six minutes, opening with melodic guitar rhythms and subtle drum brushing, the lyrics take the forefront here. The almost haunting vocals sing of betrayal and desperation, promising to “go wherever you go”, which is clever considering the song’s title. This is a very American indie film type of song.
Song number two, Let Me Try, has a similar sound to the previous track – which is sometimes good for bands, creating a signature sound that fans will love and trust. Consistent drums and guitar with, panning, echoing vocals to create depth.
The third track is a Paulo Nutini cover, and a good one at that. Candy will be recognised by even non-Nutini fans, and Doppler handle this well by adding their own subtle spin so the song is still recognisable, although leaves the listener wondering what the band’s own originals sound is like. Lead Me Astray has a distinct Beatles sound, with harmonies and guitar strumming reminiscent to the pop beats of the ’60s. Lyrics are, again, well written and heartfelt – Doppler are a band that tap into their emotions for every song, and this is a sure-fire way to stand out from current repetitive music playing on our radio stations!
Track five is a chilled, relaxed track fitting for a Sunday afternoon at an outdoor festival. With hints of Glen Hansard and more intricate guitar rhythms than previous tracks, Don’t Be Strange showcases the band’s maturity and belonging in the acoustic industry. Tracks six and seven consist of a “rough demo” and a laptop mix, respectively, and demonstrate the band’s growth and creativity, while maintaining their consistent sound of smooth instruments and emotional vocals. Wait for Time sees a little more experimentation with the instruments, adding synth and stronger drums. A louder and more immediate song, showing the band can do more than just chilled acoustic, but do both well.
The last track available, and therefore, their oldest, reveals the band’s earliest attempts at finding themselves, and their sound. It appears the lads knew the musical direction they wanted to head in from the start, as this track is not worlds apart from Railroad. All in all, a successful first few tracks worthy of the success the band have experienced before they’ve even released their first full-length. Big things ahead for these guys no doubt, and all the better that this talent stems from our own green shores.
Top Tracks: Railroad, Lead Me Astray and Wait For Time.