our album of the week is from one of my favorite new bands to me of 2016…Oh Boland. Next stop on their tour is Pittsburgh. Just make damn sure you add these guys to your playlists , Great stuff …
Irish scum-pop trio Oh Boland
Formed in 2012, the trio of songwriter Niall Murphy (Guitars, Vocals) Eanna MacDonnchadha (bass) and Simon McDonagh (drums/vocals) came together to form Oh Boland over the course of drunken pub crawls in their small town of Tuam, Ireland. The band eventually recorded a couple of EPs with Brian Kelly of So Cow, and began venturing out into Galway City, leading to involvement with Dublin-based collective Popical Island and their release of the Delphi split LP with fellow Ireland indie-poppers Me and My Dog.
The Delphi recordings brought them together with producer Mark Chester, who makes his own music as Ginnels and plays in No Monster Club. After the band realized they were sitting on a number of songs, they decided to go back in with Chester to record this first full-length, Spilt Milk, over the course of two days over Halloween weekend 2014 in a cottage in one of the most isolated parts of the west of Ireland, Carraroe. Most of the tracks were written in the town of Tuam while Murphy worked slow day shifts in a bar populated by agrarian tragedies, gambling addicts and mislaid bachelors. Boredom-fuelled pop melodies driven by a love of girl group; country music and 70s power pop, enshrouded in the drunken slop of the Irish barroom rock n roll band and the unbridled motion of punk.
Over the last few years, the band has had the honor of touring Ireland with Parquet Courts and playing with the likes of Sheer Mag, Protomartyr, Metz, Speedy Ortiz, the Growlers, the Sonics, and Paul Collins (the Nerves).
Spilt Milk is officially due out on 09/30 via. Volar Records(San Diego) , with the band playing a number of US East Coast dates (including Detroit with their friends in Protomartyr) before ending up at Gonerfest 13 in Memphis.
Sept 20th- Gooski’s, Pittsburgh, PA
Sept 21st- Used Kids Records, Columbus, OH
Sept 22nd- Now That’s Class, Cleveland, OH w/Joey Sprinkles
Sept 23rd- El Club, Detroit, MI w/ Protomartyr/Feelings
Sept 24th- Bric-A-Brac Records, Chicago, Il
Sept 25th- Hi-Dive – Milwaukee, WI
Sept 27th- Re-Animator – Winston-Salem North Carolina w/Chook Race
Oct 1st- Memphis Tenn.- Gonerfest 13- Murphy’s Bar