Lead Man Paddy Talks About Von Shakes

Finding My “Bohemia” With Von Shakes

Happy, wacky, philosophical, inspiring and rambunctious! Take your description but there is no doubt, Von Shakes members are making waves across two sides of the globe: Ireland and The United States. And their fame is spreading across Europe as fast as their single Robinson Crusoe!

But don’t let their huge personae cloud you. Deep inside they are good-hearted Irish lads who miss their friends and  home. But I guess like any band who is climbing the charts they have to do what they must for the music and also the fans that are embracing the music. Here’s an interesting interview with lead man Patrick (Paddy) Brazel.

    What is the unifying theme that holds the album Bohemia together?

That on every song all you will hear is vocal, guitars and drums. Nothing else. It’s that simple; we hate synths and want to bring back indie rock.

Patrick Brazel - Vocals/Rhythm

Patrick Brazel – Vocals/Rhythm

Ryan Besch is responsible for that over at Your Cinema. He’d worked on some BRMC and Kills stuff that we loved. Then we found out he was friends with the owner of the studio we recorded in, so the stars aligned. We told him the title, gave him the songs to listen to, and he nailed it in one attempt.

 I have several favorites, including Robinson Crusoe. What’s the inspiration behind this track?

This is a track about longing for something or being confused etc. Like most songs I write, they come from the subconscious so you never are entirely sure what you are on about haha. I guess the metaphor to Robinson Crusoe being the fact that he’s in a dire position, isolated and alone.

   What’s the selection process in the final track order of the album?

No secret that we drove ourselves mad trying to pick one. But then we said, ‘fuck it.’ Let’s list the album them way we would play it live and boom. After all the album was trying to capture our like show anyways.

   Why ‘Bohemia?’

Why not? 

  How was the experience working on your debut album?

Awesome. We’d wake around 10/11. Fall in to the studio. Makes music, drink beers, tell stories and have fun. No stress and no time pressures. If the magic wasn’t happening then we’d take a break. We recorded it to tape, live, all together with only a handful over overdubs so it was a nicer process.

   Can you describe each band member in one sentence?

Hugh is Lazy and lacks punctuality. Cillian loves food and Howth, our hometown. Ryan is confused by daily tasks.

   Where can fans buy the album?

It drops 11/19, but iTunes for purchase. Cd’s and Vinyl from our shows or website. Listen on Spotify.

   What’s great about being in the music business?

There is no such thing as the music business, so I wouldn’t know, but playing music is pretty fucking great.

 What can you see the band doing in two years?

Retired. 

  From Dublin to New York. How does it feel being in both worlds now?

We miss home. We miss our friends. But it’s not a place you want to be in right now especially in your early 20’s. New York fills our voids and has the energy we need. 

 Your message to new fans?  

Go see Rush the Cinema. Sickest film of the year.

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Finding My “Bohemia” With Von Shakes

Von Shakes

Band: Von Shakes

Members:

Patrick Brazel – Vocals/Rhythm
Hugh O’Reilly – Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals
Cillian McSweeney – Bass/Backing Vocals
Ryan Normandin – Drums

Type of music: Indie Rock

Influences:

The Strokes, Kings of Leon, The Pixies, The Cure, BRMC, The Smiths, Margaret Thatcher, The Replacements, Kooks, Neil Young, Foals, Justice, etc.

Introducing of the catchiest alternative rock band to come out of Ireland is no other than Von Shakes. Composed of Patrick Brazel – Vocals/Rhythm guitar, Hugh O’Reilly – Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals, Cillian McSweeney – Bass/Backing Vocals and Ryan Normandin – Drums; the band promises to deliver sonic goodness a.k.a pepper with caramel filling. How’s that? The potential single Robinson Crusoe has a massive ear worm you can’t untangle yourself from due to its awesome melody when you hear it. And I love great melodies.

The single from the album My Side has a video out and it features a chase with a projected image of a girl around the city. Very cool video worth checking out! The song itself is another pop rock tune that is really going to court mainstream radio. If radio stations will play this tune   then they are not missing out.  Lead man Patrick Brazel looks like he could be an actor in a movie.

Bohemia has twelve tracks of good music. Headaches is my other favorite because of that great guitar sound, terrific beat and sweet bass. I think their shining moments happen when they play fast tunes. Although I’d say Pale is a good ballad where the vocals are full bodied and really expressive. Hopefully as they mature we will hear more great ballads from them.

Bohemia is an auspicious debut that will gain fans at the rate of how pancakes are done! It’s really that good. Add a good amount of maple syrup and you have one of the best musical snacks of 2013. Go look for Bohemia and relieve that depression with good tunes.

 

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Finding My “Bohemia” With Von Shakes