Go Sligo!

It’s the place where Irish poet William Butler Years spent his formative years, but Sligo is not renowned for being one of Ireland’s musical hotspots. In fact, given that some of its most famous sons went on to form the boyband Westlife, it could be said that its musical balance is in the red. However, that might all be about to change. Taking their name from a Godspeed You! Black Emperor tune, The Dead Flags are a three-piece from Sligo and they play bouncy, radio friendly ditties that should see them put the town’s musical account back in the black. In the photo above, Kevin is in the middle, Billy is holding the red phone and Dave has got some china in one hand and a phone in the other. The trio have known each other for half a decade and decided to give the whole musical lark a go when frontman Billy Fitzgerald graduated as an architect around the time the Celtic Tiger was losing its roar. Unable to find work, Billy, bassist Dave and percussionist Kevin decided to devote more time to the band

The result of their efforts is a collection of a dozen energetic, well-produced songs that are streaming here at entertainment.ie’s website. Coincidentally, these twelve tracks also make up their debut album, Gentleman’s Club, which will be available for sale in Irish record shops and as a download from tomorrow. The songs are catchy, the guitars are scratchy and the production is certainly not patchy. The album was produced by Karl Odlum, who has overseen albums by The Frames and Fionn Regan in the past. It was mastered at Abbey Road studios by Steve Rooke, who has worked with The Last Shadow Puppets and Franz Ferdinand. The overall sound is very reminiscent of the latter’s first album, but The Dead Flags manage to stamp their own individual style and personality on the record. The song Anymore was released as a single last year and is one of their more representative numbers. Many thanks to Mr Dan O’Sullivan for alerting me to the band’s music

Anymore – The Dead Flags