Posts Tagged ‘Declan McClafferty’
Back in the summer of 2010, we hosted a record release show for Ice Black Birds at the now defunct Flowerpot venue in Kentish Town to mark the first ever single on LFC Records. Supporting them that night was a plucky singer-songwriter with a big voice and bags of potential called Declan McClafferty, who since then, we’ve recently learned, has relocated to Donegal in his native Ireland, and formed a rock band called In Their Thousands.
The results are no less than impressive, and indeed, since their inception in mid-2011, ITT seem to have caused quite a stir in that part of the world, picking up plaudits from Hot Press and RTE 2fm (essentially their equivalents of NME and Radio 1) – something that culminated in them winning a Guinness sponsored competition back in November declaring them as the best unsigned band in Ireland, after a showdown at Dublin’s well-known Whelan’s venue.
They’ve also recently recorded a 4-track EP (“Cellars”) with Villagers and Cathy Davey producer Tommy McLaughlin, which acts as a great introduction to their big sounding, rich “alternative folk rock”.
McClafferty’s well honed, gritty vocals are a highlight, and when flanked by some rousing harmonies and a big chorus, it’s a powerful alchemy. “War Of Our Worlds”, in particular, is an exercise in clinical, FM-friendly indie rock, and is one of those songs with the potential to open doors to bigger and better things. “0400”, on the other hand, is a more subtle affair, but packs a similar emotional punch – indicative of a band with more than one trick up their sleeve. More where this came from, please.
The launch party for our first ever record release takes place on the 15th of this month at The Flowerpot in North London. All things considered, this is a huge night in Laissez Faire Club history – we’ve been wanting to put records out for some time now, and are over the moon we’re on the verge of getting some 7″s out there for all you good people.
Of course, Ice Black Birds will be taking to the stage to persuade you (if it were necessary) that they’re one of the most exciting live bands out there at the moment, and we’ve also arranged a stellar support bill to get things warmed up. Entry to the event is completely free, and you’ll be able to purchase copies of the IBB single on the night, should you so wish. For full details, see our events section.
If that wasn’t enough, we’re giving away a rare Ice Black Birds mp3 to anyone who RSVPs to the Facebook event. Do it here, let us know you’ve done so (by Emailing us), and we’ll whisk you a copy of ‘Problems In Hand’.
The sterling poster design was done by Oli Frape, incidentally, and is one of the best jpegs we’ve ever received. It’s all pointing towards a big one – save the date and we’ll see you by the bar, as they say.