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 Davo from duo Raising Jupiter find out more about them…
Who is in the duo, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the duo name?
Davo Aitken - vocals & guitars and Kieran “ Nailser” O’Neill - drums and backing vocals. I have known Kieran for a number of years through the Cork music scene. I got him to play drums on the 'Standing in the Light' EP which was released in 2016. We then decided to explore the “rock duo“ set up which as it turned out has worked very well for us. We both live in Cork, however I am from Scotland originally having moved here a number of years ago. My brother suggested Jupiter Rising but was already taken so Raising Jupiter was we felt a good alternative.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Growing up there was always music going on in our house, my Dad would be listening to a lot of 60’s music and as I got older and started to develop my own tastes bands like Thin Lizzy or Rush would have been music that I listened to and still do !
How would you describe your sound?
It’s rock music !
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
The new single is called 'Idaho' which came to life during a recording session for new album. I had been watching Wayward Pines which takes place there - I just kinda liked the way as a word 'Idaho' sounds. The song itself is really just about the strange times we are living in presently.
What’s your local music scene like?
Pretty healthy I suppose - there are some good bands coming out of Ireland in general I think.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We will be following up 'Idaho' with another single over the summer followed by a new album called 'Apocalypse When?' - that will be out in September. We recorded the album over the last year in Cork and Berlin with a fantastic producer called Ciáran O’Shea. Plus live shows of course !
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Not sure probably but can’t think who!
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
We were playing a Festival last year and when turned up the organisers thought we were part of the cleanup crew !
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your duo?
We can clean very well however we much prefer to play our music...