Shag Haired Villains

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Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Shag Haired Villains find out more about them…

Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
Our names are Shane Waldron (Bass & Backing Vocals), Derek Carney (Drums, Lead Vocals) and David Byrne (Lead Guitar & Lead Vocals). We are all from the midlands of Ireland but we live and operate out of Dublin. We have been playing together for a long time, over 10 years. Initially we were a pub covers band but we grew tired of the repetition, and gigging became more of a chore than a joy. In 2012, we made the switch to original music and we have not looked back since. The name Shag Haired Villains is an insult from Macbeth, it was suggested by a friend of the band.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
All of us have similar classic rock influences; Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy, Rory Gallagher, Queen, Guns N Roses etc. This formed the basis of our initial sound and was very evident on our debut album, Red Lake, released in Oct 2015. Towards the end of recording Red Lake and moving into the writing sessions for our current release, There Is A Noise, released Oct 2017, we have found more of our own sound, which we would regard as being similar to Royal Blood, QOTSA, Husker Du, Pixies etc.

How would you describe your sound?
We would describe our sound as heavy blues, a merging of the classic rock riffs that we grew up on with the more fuzzed out stoner grunge of the 90s and 00s.

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What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
Our current single from the album is called Go Big Or Go Home.

What’s your local music scene like?
Our local music scene is thriving! Dublin has seen a massive increase in the number of live venues that host new original music; The Bowery, The Underground, East Side Tavern are all great additions to a city with legendary live venues such as Whelan's, The Workman's and The Grand Social.

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
The next few months are all about gigging for us. We are still promoting our album as much as we can and gigging, selling albums and making new fans and friends is the plan. We hope to incorporate some festivals into this but we have nothing solid confirmed yet.

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Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
We'd love to collaborate with someone like Dave Grohl. We are all big fans of the Foos and we really love his attitude towards rock music. We'd love to jam our some tracks in his garage/studio and because he's Dave Grohl, he can sit in on pretty much any instrument for us!

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
One thing we would like readers to know is the way in which we recorded both of our albums. We are not fans of how polished and glossed over modern music is. All tracks on our albums begin as live takes with drums, bass and rhythm guitar. This each of us all playing as perfectly as is humanly possible every time! When we get a take we like (we are usually looking for energy, not perfection) the lead guitars and vocals are added on top of this base track. We feel that this gives us a direct feel, almost like a live experience. What you hear on the album is what you hear live, no auto tuned over dubs!

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
I think that's about it!

You can find out more about Shag Haired Villains at their website or via Bandcamp, Facebook, iTunes, Soundcloud, Spotify or Twitter.