Will they Run
This week the band I spoke with are called Will They Run
This week I spoke with two members of the band “Will They Run” Singer Diarmuid O Leary and drummer Greg Ahern. The lads are currently working on getting new songs sorted and a set list put together, they have been rehearsing for the last several weeks getting themselves ready to launch on an unsuspecting world. I asked them where did it start. Greg whom I had interviewed before while he was with another band Citizen started off by telling me that he wanted to put a band together and he knew Diarmuid from gigging around Cork. The only problem was Diarmuid was on the solo scene as a singer songwriter. He approached Diarmuid and put the idea of putting a band together. Diarmuid who only started playing guitar at 21 thought about it and agreed it might be worth a try. I asked Diarmuid where did it start fro him and he replied that all through his teens he was more into computers and was concentrating on his studies rather then anything else. The one day walking down the street he saw a guitar in a shop window and decided that he wanted to buy it learn to play it and write songs, that was the start of a whole new era, computers were replaced by music, songs, guitar strings, chords and a keen interest in writing. He then started gigging on the local scene until he was approached by Greg.
I asked the lads to describe themselves what genre would they fit in musically, the two lads spent several minutes debating with each other words like Afro Funk, Folk, Classic rock, Blues, Rock, all mentioned but no agreement was forthcoming, we decided to pass on it and I would listen to the CD myself later on. I asked Diarmuid to sing something and straight away I could understand the problem the lads had in describing what style they were. A very tuneful voice, good song composition easy style with gentle music all from one guy. It was nice and easy to listen to. I asked Diarmuid did he write songs for the band or did he write songs and bring them to the band, He replied that he wrote songs and then the band would add there own bits and pieces. All the songs are original and vary from song to song. When you add in Drums, Bass, Guitar one can only imagine the sound that can be created. For me it was like listening to REM with soul, Coldplay with heart,
I asked the lads about the plans for touring, going on the road and all that goes with it. Each of the lads has worked with bands before so are all seasoned performers. When it comes to gigging they are hoping to start playing the venues that have in house PA systems or they will rent PA for the night as its too expensive to try buy a complete PA system at present, they want to spend the money on developing the bands sound recording and promotion etc rather then blow all their cash on gear.
My advice is if you see this band in your area go see them. Meanwhile you can check them out on myspace or facebook just type in Will They Run.