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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Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.