Artists and band members from the upcoming youbloom Dublin 2015 Music Festival let us poke around inside the creaky corners of their musical minds and share a little of what makes them do what they do. We’re proud to have over 50 incredible, unsigned acts on this year’s bill, so it seems only proper to get to know as many as we can before getting our blessed cotton socks rocked off for three days. So I must probingly request:
“My first experience with music was going to see local bands in my hometown when I was very young. I remember being amazed at how good they were and that they could write their own material.”
– Joe Geaney, synths, Silent Noise Parade
“The one that stands out for me is the time my neighbour showed me his drum kit at his house. I was 8 years old. He was probably 16, and it was clear from the posters in his room that grunge & metal was his thing. He sat into the kit and immediately started playing along to some Metallica song, stopping and explaining each part to me as he went. I didn’t understand any of it. But I understood that this instrument was definitely the coolest thing I had heard in my life. He handed the sticks to me after a while, and told me to try it out for a few minutes while he went downstairs. Roughly 4 hours later, he politely asked me to get out of his house as they couldn’t take the noise anymore. That was fine. I had my fun and that’s all that matters.”
– Liam Hayes, drums, Silent Noise Parade
“My neighbour showed me Guns ’n’ Roses and (I was) completely blown away.”
– Gary Sherlock, vocals, Silent Noise Parade
Calling forth the moodiest, most thought-provoking pop music concepts of the late 80’s and early 90’s, soaking them in enchanting new wave atmospheres (Depeche Mode would be proud), and bringing it all home with that undeniably fathomless Irish intonation, Silent Noise Parade’s unique formula blows the dust out of your cobwebbed corners. Be moved at Sweeney’s Basement stage on Friday, 12/6, at 11.45pm.
“When I was 16, I sneaked into Éamonn Doran’s bar (now the Crown Alley) in Temple Bar. Back in the 90s it was the hub for unsigned musicians. Going down to the basement to hear Irish bands was amazing – it just made me want it even more! The smell of sweat wasn’t that cool, but the vibe, the energy, the coolness of the bands… just amazed me .” – Rachael McCormac, singer/songwriter
The Dublin powerhouse that is Rachael McCormac wields her talent like a barely tamed wild beast, chomping at the bit to give you all of what she’s got. Every shred the entertainer, with serious guitar chops and a voice that, no, will not sit down or shut up, she’s a whirlwind. She’s first on the Busking stage on Saturday, 13/5, at 4pm.
“When I was a baby my mother had a little tape recorder that she had won in a competition, and when she wasn’t taping everything that moved, she’d be playing a variety of her music cassettes, like Gilbert O’Sullivan, Perry Como, and The Beatles. I think I’ve been listening to The Beatles as a fan ever since, but whenever I hear Perry Como it can be a real nostalgia trigger for me.”
– Jerome McCormick, Imploded View
Imploded View is a one-man electronic alchemist and connoisseur of all things catchy. From the ethereal to the downright funky, his set’ll have your hips a-shakin’ before you can say “another mojito sounds great, there, mate.” His appropriately late-night set kicks off on Sweeney’s Basement stage on Friday, 12/6, at 12.30pm.