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.
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.