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Left on Read

Rock // Limerick, Limerick

Made up of brothers Adam Reeves (Drums) and Jack Reeves (Lead Guitar) and close friend Steven Tynan (Lead Vocals, Keys, Guitar), Left on Read began as a series of rehearsals, unaware of what they were creating, before thoughts turned to developing a more formal project. “It was a no brainer to start a more formal group with our best mates” the band recalls, “we were just having so much fun”.
After making the decision to form a band in early 2020, thoughts quickly turned to songwriting. Tynan had a few songs ready to go and before they knew it they had started demoing, with a very Muse and Queen-inspired sonic palette.

As the months and years have come and gone, their sound has developed far beyond those humble beginnings. The bands love for experimentation has allowed them the opportunity to play with a host of different styles and already have a catalogue of indie rock, funk rock, synth rock, grunge, jazz and even Latin-inspired tracks in their locker ready to call on. Over lockdown, the band used their extra spare time to learn and develop synth textures, which has blended seamlessly into their aesthetic.

In 2021, based on four demo tracks they recorded in their bedroom studios, the band was awarded Creative Ireland’s ‘Made in Limerick’ Grant, which gave them the opportunity to head into the studio to record their debut. Finally, in July 2022, Left on Read released their debut single ‘Never Enough’, an alt-rock piece was inspired by the universal feelings of helplessness, acceptance and ultimately perseverance that’s come to define young people’s lives in Ireland.

They followed ‘Never Enough’ with ‘Pick Yourself Up’, the very first track they played in their very first rehearsal. “It’s extra special to have released a re-recorded and produced version” the band add, “it’s amazing to be able to come back to it”.

The bands third release, a jazz-inspired single ‘Duet’ received huge acclaim, with a return to a funk-rock style on their fourth single, ‘Most of All‘, creating quite a stir on the Irish music scene, with the help of the accompanying whimsical music video.

Left on Read’s fifth single, Dreams, saw a change of pace from the band – an emotional rock ballad akin to the likes of Prince or John Mayer. “I didn’t really have any goals or expectations for this song to start out,” admits Steven. “I sort of wrote it for myself, to help come to terms with losing my grandfather. It wasn’t until years later, when the guys heard it, that they convinced me that people needed to hear it.”

With 5 singles to their name and a performance portfolio that includes The Dublin Castle in Camden, Dolans in Limerick and Mike the Pies in Listowel, Left on Read have certainly found their groove and are ready to capitalise on their work so far with a host of releases and live performances planned over the coming months. “We want them to connect with it” the band says of the listeners connection to their work, “Not necessarily take our message from our music at face value but rather to be able to apply it to their own experiences. Most of all we want them to enjoy the tunes and dance, cry or sing along – that’s what they’re there for”.