Date Published: 22-Jun-2011
The Chakras, a Dublin-born, London-based alternative rock five piece, play a free show in the city’s Róisín Dubh on Monday next, June 27. The band is made up of brothers Rocky (vocals) and Gordo Whittaker (guitar), Pepo (keys), Ian Kane on bass and Stu (drums).
Rocky and his band are currently living in Wimbledon and gearing up for the release of their debut album, Build Me a Swan.
“We’ve a good set-up,” Rocky says about their London base. “We’re all living together and there’s a practice room very close to the house, which is handy.”
Rocky played in different bands around Dublin before joining his brother in The Chakras. It took a while for the quintet to find their sound – but when they did, there was a spark they had to act on.
“We put out our first single – it was dodgy now! – three and a half years ago,” Rocky recalls. “But it was a completely different band. We were pushing in ten different directions. The day we found our sound was when we wrote Build Me a Swan. It was a common direction for the first time. It was the leading light, the thing that showed us where to go.”
Build Me a Swan was such a pivotal song for The Chakras that they decided to name the album after it. Rocky explains how the single came about.
“It was a completely different song and we were messing around with reverse effects. We turned the whole song backwards and it sounded amazing! It was basically a mistake – you could play a million songs backwards and most of them will sound dreadful.”
Rocky is reluctant to get into the subject matter of the song.
“I always think it’s better not to explain much of the lyrics,” he says. “I think the best thing is for people to make it mean something to their lives. If you explain exactly what it’s about, it narrows it down. It’s better leaving it up in the air a bit.
“The music gives the feeling as well. I always listen to songs a good while before I write the lyrics. I try to write lyrics that carry the same feeling as the music.”
The Chakras’ boldest move so far has been to move en masse to London. Why did they decide to take such a definite step?
“There’s a few factors involved,” Rocky says. “The main thing is we want to be an internationally successful band. It’s all we’ve ever wanted to do – it’s all we can do! And we realised that if we really wanted to do it, we had to come over here.
“Very few bands succeed internationally from Ireland,” he adds. “U2, The Corrs and the Cranberries, My Bloody Valentine – even going back to James Joyce – most people have to move away first. And then you earn the right to go back.”
Rocky is refreshingly honest when it comes to speaking about the Chakras’ burning sense of ambition.
“We did move over just to get signed,” he admits. “The people with the power in the music industry are over here and for us to get a decent wedge of cash we’d have to move over here. What we tried to do for years in Dublin happened very quick in London.”
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.