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Spearside - Joshua Mulholland
Spearside – Joshua Mulholland

We were lucky enough to catch up with the superb band Spearside, following the addictive single ‘Bus Stop’. Read our full interview now!

Hi Spearside, tell us about yourself?

We’re an Irish three-piece band made up of my brother, Cian (vocals/bass), and myself, Oisín Walsh (vocals/guitar), with our friend Dylan Zovich (drums). We produce all our music in our own studio in Trim, Co. Meath.

What is your songwriting process?

Most of the time, it starts with just me and a guitar. If I stumble across something that sounds interesting, I’ll make a rough demo or two (or three) until it feels right. Words usually come later, once I’ve had time to live with the music. Then when it comes to recording final versions of songs, that’s when the ‘fairy dust’ is sprinkled on.

Tell us about your latest release, ‘Bus Stop’?

I wrote ‘Bus Stop’ as a teenager, trying to figure out how to write songs. I wanted to write something that was simple but not simplistic. The Ulster punk sound from Good Vibrations Records was definitely a big influence at the time. The goal at least was to capture some of that energy without sounding pastiche or retro.

What’s the music scene like in Dublin in 2022?

I’m sure it’s the same in a lot of places, but in Dublin, the scene definitely seems to be split pre and post covid. A lot of my friends’ bands didn’t survive the pandemic for various reasons. On the flip side, there are a lot of new bands emerging that were formed during the lockdown, like our mates’ Unstuck’, who just put out their debut single ‘Occupied’. There’s definitely a buzz about bands getting back to being bands and gigging around town. There are some new venues open, too, that only came about during the lockdown, so it’s an exciting time.

‘Bus Stop’ is released on Kill Cool Records. Can you tell us more about the label?

Kill Cool is a new indie label set up by people with ‘Rock’n’Roll hearts and psychedelic minds’ in their own words. ‘Bus Stop’ is their first release, with more to follow. You can contact them at killcoolinfo@gmail.com

What message do you think your music conveys to your fans?

Rock ‘n’ Roll is not dead.

Who are your musical influences?

Some of our favourites are The Undertones, Ash, The Byrds, The Stooges, Badfinger, The Saints, Agent Orange, Dinosaur Jr, and Teenage Fanclub.

Who are your non-musical influences?

Cian Mackey, Roy Keane, Kyriakos’ Grizzly’ Kapakoulak.

What’s the best gig that you have ever played?

There’s this great pub in Dublin called ‘Anseo’. They let bands use their upstairs room, which makes you feel like you’ve walked into a wake in the 70s. We’ve played some great gigs in there. We once played there before some guy’s birthday party, and I ended up getting bounced off the ceiling by a load of lads throwing me into the air while I was trying to play a guitar solo.

What do you think are the biggest obstacles for bands/artists today?

Keeping all the plates spinning financially.

What advice would you give to other bands/artists starting out?

We’re just starting out, so we could do with some advice! That said, as far as I can see, a lot of bands just starting out spend so much time thinking about how to be successful that they forget to write the songs.

What are your hopes for the next two years?

To climb to the toppermost of the poppermost.

FVMusicBlog August 2022

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