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First Class And Coach

Alternative // Ballydehob, Cork

Album #2 is 'NEON HIP' - coming soon.
Recorded at BlackBox Studios France in October 2021 with Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu).
Releasing April 7th 2023 with FIFA Records.

'My Oh My'
Single released January 2022
"Candidate for song of the year"
Ed Smith, TodayFM

'Neon Hip'
Single released April 2022
"Utterly outstanding"
Stephen McCauley, BBC SOUNDS

'HOT FOR 2022' act
HotPress Magazine

What they say about 'The Truth About Honey', the debut album from First Class And Coach.

"Geraldine Thomas fronts this west Cork rock outfit with a wail to rival the Kills' Alison Mosshart. Squalling, distorted guitars mark a blistering opening salvo, before aggression and attitude give way to atmosphere"
Steve Cummins, The Sunday Times

“Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant"
"One of the best albums I’ve heard this year”
Dan Hegarty, 2FM

“Holy Shit!.. I really really love..."
"a great album"
Paul McLoone, TodayFM

"First Class & Coach deliver a 'sack-strong' debut... gripping and engaging... it does not contain a single weak song. 9/10"
Wolfgang Kausch,

“Suavely walking the line between The Velvet Underground and The Fall”
Nick Kelly,

“This record has skate, has filth, has dope, has sex"
Ralv Milberg, Die Nerven

“The globally diverse punk-psyche-post-rock quartet FC&C put down an equally impressive album as Velvet Underground in their unusual, sympathetically unfinished ‘Banana’ debut album” (Translated from German)


NYC x Berlin x West Cork.

‘First Class and Coach’ is a four-piece band from Ballydehob, West Cork, Ireland.

Reuben Maher, guitar, keys, vox
Geraldine Thomas, vox
Jonathan Parson, bass
Andrew McNeilage, drums

Seeking to push the boundaries of the indie-rock genre the sound has a variety of color - reverb-drenched piano, distorted, squalling guitars, driving bass and muscular drums all punctuated by uncompromising German / English vocals.

Having played in bands for many years in NYC (Toulouse, Poka Poka, The Blam) Reuben enters West Cork with a wall of noise.

Geraldine hails from Berlin and has long been song-writing and performing live music in many guises.

Tapping into his experience as a motion graphics director, Jonathan brings his visual projections to the live shows, creating an immersive live experience.

Andrew is a graduate from BIMM music college in Dublin and brings his experience from bands in West Cork.


"Our first gigs were hot, noisy and rawkus nights in bars around West Cork. We had created a body of music that was great fun to play live and was crying out to be recorded. An old friend of Reuben’s in New York is Tony Maimone – ex-bass-player in Pere Ubu and has worked with the likes of Black Francis – he now runs Studio G in Brooklyn. We brought Tony over to produce the record, and we did a couple of days pre-production in our loft-rehearsal space here in Ballydehob, then decamped to Midleton, to Christian Best’s Monique studios there."