Published on April 13th, 2010 | by Kitty Catastrophe1
The Dead Flags Album Launch – 16th April @ Whelans
(Right. I’d like to start this post off with a bit of a disclaimer in that I do in fact know these guys. HOWEVER, I was first introduced to them through my other half. So the first time I went to see them, I was just going along to my boyfriend’s friend’s gig. I would have been removed enough to say “Yeah they’re great” while inwardly rolling my eyes, wondering when I could go home and have some toast and leave it at that. But this was not the case. Not the case at all in fact.)
The first Dead Flags gig I ever attended had me instantly wishing I knew the words to every one of their pop/punk/rock/just downright deadly songs, prompting me to buy their EP on the night and ask, nay, demand that my boyfriend give me anything else of theirs that he had so I could get a kickass Dead Flags playlist together for my listening pleasure.
Kevin Lowery (drums, vocals), Billy Fitzgerald (guitar, vocals) and Dave Power (bass, vocals) standing in some leaves. They’re actually a much chirpier bunch than they appear to be here.
Their songs are dirty, funny, sexy, sometimes reflective and always fantastic. I think my favourite one is “Girls“, because there’s just not enough songs about contemplating your previous conquests while going down on someone, closely followed by “Let’s Start A Fire Tonight” (downloadable here) which should appeal to everyone’s inner pyromaniac. At this stage I’ve been to see them live in a variety of places and venues and not once have they been anything less than brilliant. They’re honestly one of the most fun, energetic and infectious (In a good way. Like…funky herpes) bands I’ve ever seen. They’ve been praised on stage by Therapy? when they shared a festival bill with them, Today FM’s Alison Curtis used their fantastic “I Can’t Be Held Responsible” as the jingle for her weeknight show and the legend that is Tony Fenton chose “Anymore” (which can be downloaded anseo) as his recommended Daily Download back in November. They’ll also be at this year’s Sea Sessions in Donegal, on the main stage lineup alongside Fun Lovin’ Criminals and the funktastic Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Is that enough name-dropping? For now, like.
And so, to the point of this post which is to alert you all to the fact that their debut album Gentlemen’s Club will be launching this very Friday 16th of April in Whelans at 8.00pm. They will also be appearing in Tower Records this Thursday at 6.00pm, so what the feck else would you be doing after work of a Thursday? For God’s sake go, and if you like what you hear then get your sexy asses to Wexford Street this Friday, because there will be copies of the album for sale on the night a whole week before it goes on general release on the 23rd of April. Go h-ana funky ar fad.
The boys can be found spreading rock ‘n roll awesomeness in the following places over the next while:
Thursday 15th April: Tower Records, Dublin (in-store, 6pm)
Friday 16th April: Whelans, Dublin
Saturday 17th April: The Chasin’ Bull, Bundoran, Co. Donegal
Thursday 22nd April: An Crúiscín Lán, Cork
Friday 25th June: Sea Sessions Main Stage, Bundoran, Donegal
Friday 16th July: Clockwork Apple @ Whelans, Dublin