Laura and Chris Coffey from The Holy Roman Army by Ian Oliver
Last Thursday, we were indeed joined on the indie hour by Dublin based (but from Carlow really) The Holy Roman Army. Laura and Chris Coffey made their way down to our East Wall Road studios to talk about tracks taken from their forthcoming debut album.
The album is still in the production stages, and so that meant we would be playing the tracks on the show from a CDR. I’m always a bit nervous using CDRs on the show, because radio station CD players can be slightly…diva-ish. They’re used a million times a day and are most probably abused a bit, so they can be a bit funny about CDRs sometimes. Most Thursdays, they’re fine though.
Not so on the night The Holy Roman Army came down with their CDR of four tracks for an exclusive play through on the show. The cd just. wouldn’t. play. Gagh! I had about eight cds in my bag, which I played on Thursday night to make up the hour. Thank goodness for The Jimmy Cake and their twenty minute songs.
I met up with The Holy Roman Army this evening in their home studio (and Chris’ actual home) for a proper chat about their impending album and what it’s like to be in a band with your big brother/little sister.
The mp3 below is the interview with Laura and Chris. I’ve decided to leave last week’s show in the ether of radiowave land, seeing as I got a bit flustered and said ‘Fuck!’ on the radio when the CDR wouldn’t play. Not very professional.
The Holy Roman Army are playing upstairs in Whelan’s on Friday the 18th of April. After hearing their tracks on myspace, I am really looking forward to hearing their album, which they are aiming to release late in the summer of this year. I expect it to do rather well, and think it should help to bring some more attention to the ever growing and ever improving electronica scene in the country.
The tracks on the mp3 below are, in the following order, Elegy, How The Light Gets In, Lastwood and Dublin In The Deadlight.
Keep an eye on The Holy Roman Army’s myspace page for when they’ll be playing near you and when you’ll be able to get your hands on a copy of their debut album.