Galway, County Galway
D-Day formed in 2012 after hearing about a Battle of the Bands competition to support Thin Lizzy at the Volvo Ocean Race Festival in Galway City. Then only a group of teenagers, brothers Darragh and Keith Whyte invited school friends Chris Breslin and Cathal Sweeney to complete the lineup. They managed to win the competition and support one of their major influences, while simultaneously bursting onto the Galway music scene with gigs in the Róisín Dubh, Monroe's and Kelly's (now The Loft Venue) following soon afterwards. Since then, D-Day have been on a non-stop mission to introduce new audiences to their own alternative brand of rock 'n' roll sensibility.
Following on from a hectic summer tour in 2016 featuring support slots for Hudson Taylor, Tokyo Taboo, The Riptide Movement, The Strypes and Delorentos, 'D-Day' launched their debut single ‘Misunderstood’ on October 7th, 2016 to critical acclaim.
'Misunderstood' was mixed by Grammy and Juno-nominated sound engineer Mike Fraser (Franz Ferdinand, Enter Shikari and Biffy Clyro) and mastered by Grammy award winning engineer Adam Ayan after their song 'Long Time Gone' was featured on Netflix Original Series 'Club de Cuervos'.
D-Day's follow-up single 'Movin' On' was released on Monday, 20th March. The single was released alongside two major launch shows in Whelan's, Dublin and The Loft, Galway.
D-Day's sound has been described in a multitude of ways with some branding it as having a "classic 1960's vibe" with a modern twist (The Falcon's Nest), while others see their sound as having "fused a wide variety of classic 80's sounds" primarily U2, INXS and Simple Minds (Remy). The overarching sound of the band can be best summed up as somewhere between alternative and pop
''A new four-piece band from Galway with a lot of promise.'' - Eric Lalor, JOE.ie
''One of the hot up and coming Irish bands." - Ollie Turner, Galway Bay FM
Reviews for 'Misunderstood':
''Its slick synthesis of sanguine singing and mirthful music makes it ideally suited to infiltrating the mainstream.'' - Dave Simpson, PureM
''Their rock sensibilities are a firm nod to classic rock with some contemporary styling.'' - Mags Blackburn, Musician.ie
Reviews for 'Movin' On':
''D-Day have managed to successfully make themselves stand apart from the crowd. 'Movin' On' is exactly the type of song you want to hear played on the radio, and I've no doubt that it will feature on plenty of end of year lists as one of the standout Irish tracks of the year.'' - Remy Connolly, Remy
''Darragh Whyte’s vocals have a lovely pitch to them, lifting the verses and not just the chorus. This is definitely a band I hope gets a lot of attention and aren’t cast off as a band out of time, for the affrontery of not sounding like Bastille. Now, where is my Miami Vice jacket?'' - Al Gilmore, Chordblossom
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