New Irish trio Spearside have released their debut single, Bus Stop. We asked front man Oisin Walsh the BIG questions . . .
Oisín (vocals/guitar) and his brother Cian Walsh (vocals/bass) along with Dylan Zovich (drums) produce all of their music from their own home-studio in Trim, Co. Meath.
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Bus Stop, which is released on new independent Irish label Kill Cool, was written by Oisín when he was still a teenager and was the first song he wrote that felt like it had a sound worth pursuing.
"I wrote it when I was 17, it was the very first song I wrote with the idea of starting a band," he says. "Bus Stop came after months of listening to all the great young Ulster punk bands from Good Vibrations Records.
"For some reason, Ulster bands understand the noisy, melodic guitar-pop thing in a completely unique way. The 70s had the likes of The Undertones, the 90s had Ash.
"All teenagers, writing great songs. When I was 17, I thought 'well if they could do it maybe I can give it a go'."
Tell us three things about yourself . . .
At 15, I was the Leinster Triple-Jump Champion. My brother and I won a Meath Junior Football Final with Trim last year. I got my first drum kit when I was three.
How would you describe your music?
Fuzzy, catchy, Irish.
Who are your musical inspirations?
It's a long list but some of the big ones are The Undertones, Ash, The Byrds, The Stooges, Badfinger, The Saints, Agent Orange, Dinosaur Jr, and Teenage Fanclub.
What was the first gig you ever went to?
Paul Weller in the Olympia in Dublin for my 10th birthday.
What was the first record you ever bought?
A Robert Johnson compilation LP in the old Tower Records, Dublin
What's your favourite song right now?
It's a toss-up between Electricity by Spiritualized and No Class by Motörhead. Both are getting a lot of airtime in the car.
Favourite lyric of all time?
"You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows" - Bob Dylan, Subterranean Homesick Blues.
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Wild Mountain Thyme - The McPeake Family.
Where can people find your music/more information?
Spearside on Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube. @spearsideband on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.