Dublin, County Dublin
Galants are a noise-pop four piece from Dublin incorporating the jangled pop tones of Teenage Fanclub, the fuzzed-out assault of Dinosaur Jr and the reverberated bombast of My Bloody Valentine.
In the summer of 2015 the band released a trilogy of singles recorded at Darklands Audio, showcasing an aesthetic of cascading layers, riotous drums and soft melodious vocals. The first track, 'This is Heaven' saw Galants merge Bob Mould-esque power pop hooks within a textural noise bedrock and was marked out by Nialler9 as a "track of the week" in The Irish Times.
Second single, 'Seventeen' caught the attention of Hot Press Magazine who named the song as a "single of the fortnight" and later profiled the band as a rising act to watch. To complete the set, a final track 'Out of Sight' was released in September and was singled out for praise by The Thin Air and BBC Ulster's Across the Line who showcased the song as a "track of the day".
Galants is originally the brainchild of David Kennedy who formed the band in January 2014 having moved to Dublin from London. Harbouring a love for Creation Records era 90s alternative rock, the road eventually led to the meeting of James McDonald (Drums, ex-Yakuza), Colin O'Dwyer (Bass, Thedaysofyourlife) and Ruairi Paxton (Guitar, ex-The Things & Sweet Jane)
Galants recently appeared at Hard Working Class Heroes in October 2016 and are set to release a debut EP this autumn. Lead single, 'Evergreen', is currently streaming on Spotify.
"Fans of distorted fuzz rock will be pleased to have This Is Heaven hit their ear canals. Recalling the best of '90s indie, Dublin band Galants channel shoegaze and punchy melodic rock for their first of a trilogy of summer singles."
THE IRISH TIMES (Nialler9)
“They’re great and they’re from Dublin. This single is one of three that they have released this summer. I highly recommend the other tunes as well...Definitely a band to keep an eye on.”
BBC ULSTER (Across the Line)
"Their heavier than heaven sound got a good airing on ‘This Is Heaven’ and was quickly followed by ‘Seventeen’, which our own Edwin McFee declared to be ‘Track Of The Fortnight’.
HOT PRESS MAGAZINE
"Evoking the varyingly shimmering, feedback-soaked lulls and barrages of the aforesaid imperial quintet – Dinosaur Jr., Teenage Fanclub, My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth, Swervedriver and Yo La Tengo – their new single ‘Out of Sight’ presents a fleecy levee of fuzz with perfectly languid vocals, throwing back and looking forward in wonderfully realised unison"
THE THIN AIR
"Taken from Galants forthcoming debut E.P., ‘Evergreen’ is a fuzz driven new single that splices together indie-pop melodic hooks and thrills with shoegaze haze and wall of distortion.
Moving at palpable pace the song slides easily from obscured vocals to big bursts of load fuzzy guitar riffs in an instant. Sounding more and more cohesive with each new release ‘Evergreen’ is possibly Galants most sonically accomplished track to date.
Boding very well for the band’s debut E.P. (due out this Autumn), ‘Evergreen’ is an indie-gem all on its own."
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