SESSION MOTTS’ unique sound – a hybrid of Northern Soul, Disco, Dreampop & Post-Punk – was first heard on their debut single Chip Shop Fights, released in January 2017. Nialler9 quickly named the MOTTS ‘New Artist of the Week’ in The Irish Times, and the group soon picked up similar accolades from DublinLive.ie and DublinConcerts.ie. The song also gained regular airplay on RTÉ1, Newstalk FM, 98FM, 8Radio and Dublin City FM. Chip Shop Fights peaked at #14 in Newstalk's airplay chart and reached #2 in Dublin City FM's airplay chart, a position it held for four weeks in succession and went on to remain in their Top 40 for five months continuously.
The reaction to Chip Shop Fights, from both media and fans alike, was overwhelmingly-positive. As a result, although originally intended as a studio-only group, SESSION MOTTS are now playing live and having played The Harbour Bar in Bray to an ecstatic response in June, the band made their Dublin debut at the legendary Whelans venue in July to a sold-out audience which prompted the following comment from leading music website GoldenPlec in their live review, "One of the most unusual bands to emerge from Ireland this decade...Standout moments from a sold out-set in Whelan’s upstairs venue, but even at this early phase, two gigs into their live career, SESSION MOTTS deserve to be gracing bigger and better stages."
Their second single Plundered Past was released on 30 May 2017, with GoldenPlec premiering the video and Dan Hegarty of RTE 2FM giving the track it's first radio play. Since entering the Indie airplay charts Plundered Past has risen fourteen times in succession and is currently residing at #2, second only to All Tvvins Feat. James Vincent McMorrow. RTE1's long-established Late Date show is playing it regularly and Newstalk FM, Today FM, 8Radio and Dublin City FM are all giving it heavy rotation. Newstalk's Tom Dunne has named it as one of his Top 3 new Irish releases. It's also being regularly played by Dublin's 98FM, LMFM, Cork's RedFM and numerous other stations around the country. RTE Radio 1 have listed it as one of only seven new 'Recommended' tracks. It is also now receiving overseas airplay in the USA and Canada, from radio stations in Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Toronto and Ontario respectively.
Plundered Past is accompanied by a video filmed in three separate counties including Larne, Co. Antrim by film-makers Adam Hart, Richard Deering and Sinead O’Quigley, and is based on the true story of the 1988 unsolved murder of 18-year-old German backpacker Inga-Maria Hauser, whose body was found in a forest elsewhere in Co. Antrim. Despite its tragic inspiration, Plundered Past is an uptempo dancefloor stormer intended as a defiant celebration of a life cut short.
SOME MEDIA REACTIONS SO FAR:
"Dark, shimmering brilliance. A new voice in music"
- Tom Dunne, Newstalk FM
"SESSION MOTTS' Plundered Past getting a lot of chat, getting a lot of people checking them out and a lot of praise being directed in the direction of Plundered Past and you will hear why"
- Paul McLoone, Today FM & The Undertones
"One of the most unusual bands to emerge from Ireland this decade...Standout moments from a sold out-set in Whelan’s upstairs venue, but even at this early phase, two gigs into their live career, SESSION MOTTS deserve to be gracing bigger and better stages."
"Sporting the best new band name since you last had a gaff party, SESSION MOTTS are a band in thrall to the eighties: specifically Magazine, New Order, Microdisney and Aztec Camera"
- Nialler9, The Irish Times
"Saw this band's first show ever last night in Bray. Fucking brilliant. Between the Veldt music, the latest Bettie Serveert (could be their best record yet!) the new Happy Abandon and this, I am feeling truly inspired by new music right now. "I have seen the future of music and it works". Ladies and Gentlemen: Session Motts"
- Stephen Judge, Schoolkids Records (USA), Record Store Day founder & owner of Blurt music website
"Hot new Dublin act SESSION MOTTS...'Plundered Past', an eerie, enthralling dancefloor pop tune"
- Hot Press
"Plundered Past - the first track about Inga-Maria Hauser to be commercially released - is doing really well in the Irish Indie charts"
- Belfast Telegraph
"Song of the Morning: SESSION MOTTS' Plundered Past. Smart Disco-Pop with a serious message"
- Tony Clayton-Lea, The Irish Times
"The wonderfully-named SESSION MOTTS, not only do they have a great name they also have a great follow-up to their debut single Chip Shop Fights which we played for you a few times on the show"
- John Barker, 98FM
"This band have already began making waves with their equally enchantingly-titled single, ‘Chip Shop Fights’, this is a band that’s as talented as it is witty. Already receiving radio airtime from the likes of FM104 and NewsTalk...it’s equal parts delightful and charming. Their sound has a sort of dreamy, ethereal undertone to it, the vocals are wispy and haunting but uplifting nonetheless"
"I'm a HUGE fan of the Session Motts since they came to light at the start of the year & I'm only delighted that they've released a brand new single 'Plundered Past'...When I say "I haven't stopped listening to this" - I mean it! Song of the year so far perhaps?"
- Dublin Live
"Best of luck to our 8Radio pals SESSION MOTTS who are playing in @whelanslive tonight. Go along and give your ears a treat!"