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
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.
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?
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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