Aftershock are Tralee’s newest band ready to get out performing post lockdown. The band is made up of Conor, Daragh, Séamus and Coren all former students of Mercy Mounthawk where their career asa 4 piece began. You’ve probably heard them in the past few weeks lifting the streets of Tralee and Killarney in the sunshine and bringing badly needed live music back to our ears. This is such an uncertain time for musicians so please do support our local acts.
Hey lads it’s great to meet ye! How did ye become a group?
It all started in March 2020. We took part in a battle of the bands competition in our school Mounthawk and we formed a band to compete in it and ended up winning the competition. The original lineup has changed but this our final lineup.
Describe your music style for new followers?
We play a bit of everything but focus mainly on classic rock such as songs like Johnny B Goode, Sweet Home Alabama and Dancing in the Moonlight.
What did you do during lockdown to stay musically active ?
Lockdown has been tough on everyone in the music industry and has definitely affected our goals of live performances with no live gigs in bars and no festivals to perform at. To stay musically active during quarantine, we directed our focus on songwriting and wrote our single “Journey from Nowhere”. We recorded it, mixed it, and released it all online.
How did you start off in music in Kerry? And who have been your biggest influences locally and further afield?
Our music teacher Ms. O’ Carroll has been a huge influence on our band as she has helped us with recordings and performances over the last year.
We started off playing on the streets in Tralee and have since played in places such as Killarney and Cork.
All four of us have different influences that we look up to but also share influences such as Bruce Springsteen, Thin Lizzy, Coldplay and The Rolling Stones.
What’s the plan for the immediate future with how things are for the music industry at the moment?
Our plans for the future are to keep busking on the streets in many places around Ireland, keep writing our own original songs and hopefully get gigs when live music is allowed again. Hopefully we can build a bigger fan base from all around the country and hopefully, one day tour the world!
What else keeps ye lads going?
The buzz we get from playing our music to a crowd is definitely something that keeps us going. There’s nothing better than doing what you love, playing great songs and getting an unreal reaction from it. Another thing that keeps us going is the fact that we are on the final stretch of covid and hopefully can start live gigs in the future.
You’ve had the chance to work with some amazing people in your career so far! Tell me about those experiences and if there is an artist that you’d love to work with in the future.
We’ve had the chance to work with a sound engineer in our school who toured with Aslan. This has definitely been an amazing experience as we have recorded songs professionally and have got to experience what it is like to be in a studio. We’d love to work with new and upcoming bands in Ireland but we also dream of working with massive names and inspirations such as Bruce Springsteen.
What do you hope people will realise about the arts industry after their time in lockdown.
We hope people will realise that the arts industry is full of people who are passionate about music and hope people realise that many things can be done such as recording , mixing, mastering and releasing while online if enough work and effort is put in.
Where can people see ye perform/follow you on social media or indeed contact you about bookings etc?
We have an Instagram and Facebook page set up – @aftershock.band . We usually perform on the streets of places like Tralee, Killarney and Cork, and we hope to be able to perform in bars and restaurants in the future. Instagram is the best place to contact us about any bookings or requests. Our e-mail is another good place to contact us, firstname.lastname@example.org .