Aslan frontman Christy Dignam has told the Ray D'Arcy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 that he is getting ready to release his solo album, The Man Who Stayed Alive, in October.

Speaking on Friday's show, Dignam said: "I feel great. I've just done a solo album, which is something I'd always wanted to do, you know? It's brilliant, Ray. I swear to God, it's amazing.

"Myself and [singer-songwriter] Don Mescall sat down and he kind of did a study of me almost. We put these songs together, we put this album together - just the two of us."

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Aslan previously worked with Mescall on the track Too Late For Hallelujah.

"Don went away and he read the autobiography and stuff," Dignam said of their new collaboration. "He used to ring me and ask me certain things - how I felt about certain things. So, when I look at the songs, it's amazing the way he got into my head. He really did.

"The album's out in October. The first single is out in the middle of August, a song called High... It's kind of about the pandemic and how it's changed the world and stuff. You just want one moment away from that, liberation from that and you kind of find it in the person you love."

"It's a natural high," offered the host.

"Yes," Dignam continued. "And that's the thing - because I was very aware of that. I was very aware of people in places going, 'I'm sure you want to get high - yeah, yeah!' So, at the end of the song, it goes, 'Your smile's the only thing that gets me, life's the only thing that lets me, love's the only thing that gets me through'."

Returning to his 'day' job, Dignam said it is "amazing" to be back performing with Aslan.

"We're doing a gig in the INEC on the 12th of August," he added. "It's great just to be back gigging again."

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