Date Published: 18-May-2011
Alternative rock quartet Dead School cite among their musical influences the American grunge band Nirvana but their iconic frontman Kurt Cobain couldn’t have matched the energy and goal-driven determination of the Cork-based group even if you put a gun to his head.
The Seattle band’s apathetic attitude to success was probably well reflected in the title of their landmark album, Nevermind, whereas Dead School are actively pursuing a series of identifiable goals with a starkly contrasting focus and fervour.
In fact, the energy with which the post-punk band are chasing commercial and critical kudos in their fledgling musical careers is matched only by the frenetic energy and passion that flows from the pounding drums and swirling guitars of their acclaimed live performances.
The group comprised of Cathal Maher, Ruairí Dale and brothers Donal and James McDonald formed just a little over six months ago but have enjoyed rapid success in their native Cork and now have their eye firmly fixed on growing their fan base beyond the Rebel County.
Most budding rock bands of their ilk spend much of their time sitting on the backsides that they’ve managed to squeeze into impossibly small skinny-jeans, jamming occasionally and entertaining wistful notions that they’ll be overhead playing in their parents’ garage and poached imminently by some big record label.
Dead School, however, have adopted a no-nonsense approach to their careers. They are already under the stewardship of a manager and have employed the services of a professional PR company as they map their path to the forefront of the Irish music scene with unwavering and meticulous dedication.
“We are completely goal-driven, we don’t do patience, and we are not going to stop until we make it,” declares the group’s singer and guitarist James McDonald.
“A lot of bands just practice and do a couple of gigs now and again and just see how it goes. We did that for a while when we played in various cover bands but we’re not doing it anymore – we want to make it,” he explains.
In a scene more appropriate to a corporate boardroom than the conventional perception of rock ‘n’ roll, the four members of Dead School sit down together every month and make a list of goals that they wish to achieve before they reconvene again in 30 days time.
“We make lists of the things that we want to achieve by a certain stage and, if the time comes close and we haven’t achieved them, we bang our heads together and really set to it,” says James.
“We have the same long-term goals as any band but we set monthly goals as well. They might be to play a certain venue, record a single or to get more radio play on national stations. The next goal will probably be to build up a bit of a following in Dublin and get established on that scene, and we’re looking at releasing an EP next August or September as well.”
As usual, Dead School are on course to fulfil their goals and are scheduled to play six gigs in Dublin, including one upstairs at Whelan’s, as part of their tour to promote the new single, Frailties, which was released on April 28.
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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.