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A chance hearing of a demo of Remma’s “Worry Young” in 2004 was enough to convince music legend, Morrissey (The Smiths), that this Irish Band had something special. Morrissey in turn gave a copy of the demo to his producer, Jerry Finn, who also praised the indie band’s mature and windswept sound.
Morrissey included the demo in a compilation CD of his “all time favourite bands”, Songs to Save Your Life, for NME Magazine alongside The Killers, The Libertines, Pony Club and Franz Ferdinand. Morrissey then signed REMMA to his “ATTACK” Label, which saw the worldwide release of their now critically acclaimed debut EP “Worry Young.” This was followed by guest spots on his “You Are the Quarry” European Tour with shows in London’s Earls Court Arena and Dublin’s Point Depot.
Remma’s music has been hailed as “Passionate and Windswept”- The Guardian, “A Stormer”-NME and “Epic, Melodic Rock”- HMV.
The band have been compared to early Stone Roses, a guitarier Coldplay, The Strokes, and according to The Guardian, “not unlike Mancunian greats The Smiths.”
With a major American tour planned for 2004, Remma were struck with tragedy when lead singer, Shane, was diagnosed with a serious illness. The following three dark years led to the writing of their most personal and passionate songs to date. Songs such as “Tears That Wash Away the Years,” “Jumeaux,” “I’m Trying
but it’s Tiring,” and “Categories and Strategies” document the anguish, uncertainty, and frustration of a band struck by a cruel twist of fate.
Following Shane’s successful kidney transplant in September 2007, Remma followed up in 2008 playing sell out shows in Ireland and the UK with little publicity to an increasing fan base.
Legendary Cranberries guitarist and now producer, Noel Hogan, came along to one of the shows and was so impressed by what he heard, he offered to produce the bands debut album.
Remma are currently in the studio with Noel and the album is due for release in Summer 2010.