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Music Review
Curlisduane By John Mulligan
There is a famous statement by Rolling stone’s Jon Landau that stated that
he had seen the future of rock and roll. The person he was talking about was
Bruce Springsteen in 1974. While this may come across as a rather unusual
way to start a review I must because over the past six months I have seen a
band that, if there is any Justice in the world, will become the future of
rock music in Ireland. They are a three piece band named after a village in
Ballyglass Co Mayo who have rocked venues all over Ireland, tried different
and wonderful things and have not fallen into the trap of playing safe just
for the sake of it. This band is Curlisduane.
Consisting of Dave McNamara on Vocals and Bass, James Keaveney on Guitar and
Vocals and John McDonnell on Drums. They have taken live performance and
given it the kick in the Kahunas that live acts so badly need. Why so high
praise? Its simple. Take one part Guitar that takes a life of its own that
it even dares the audience to keep up, take one part a bass that is solid
and true with a twinge of sarcasm. Add a drum that takes you from the
deepest of your thoughts and mix with vocals that shakes you up and there my
friends is your combination.
But do not take my word for it. Throughout their career they have built up a
following that is true and loyal. Even today it is not unusual to see them
wherever they go. Whether they play the Cellar in Galway or Whelans or
Temple Bar in Dublin. The reaction is always the same. Standing ovations,
loud cheers and cries of “more”.
Formed in autumn 2001 as a punk three piece, the band gradually evolved as a
group and their style became more of what is known today.
After a stint playing around their home town and a few gigs in Castlebar,
interest grew and the opportunity to move outside the comfort zone appeared.
This they took with open arms, leading to the tight style that wows
audiences now.
One other thing was to fall in their favour. Instead of staying with the
usual covers routine, they decided to branch into new material. I have said
before that this can kill a band but like the brilliant Ellie’s Rath from
Ballina, they embraced the idea and now it has become one of the mainstays
of their performance.
In fact, it was this decision that got them noticed by many in the national
press. The band took to the stage in Vicar Street on the 21st Jan 2004 to
play a battle of the bands in which they took the brave decision to go with
their own material as part of the set. This included the tracks By My Side,
Been a long time and we’ll be alright. 
The set was well received by fans and judges alike but in the end the
accolade went to Northern band Acidtone who played a blistering set and
were worthy winners.
These days, they travel the country playing and rehearsing and have a
quality manager in Danielle Walsh, a lady who takes no rubbish and uses her
experience in the business which has gained her respect at a fantastic rate
to good effect. With this line up. Anything is possible. Damn right it is.
Curlisduane will be playing locally in the near future. Watch local press
for details.
- The Connaught Telegraph


2005 - "In all honesty ep"
Winter 2007 - "Dinosaurs Want Payback ep"


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Initially the band had a grittier more guitar driven sound, as time passed our influences matured and eventually all genres were explored.
Influenced by just about everything from Jeff Buckley to Led Zeppelin , Tool, yeah yeah yeahs, arcade fire, smiths

What sets us apart is the constant movement and risk in our songs. On any of our recordings or live performances we cross many genres yet we keep a constant spark and drive in the material.

Our debut ep entitled "In All Honesty" had a aggressive funk feel, with glimpses of melodic pop and blues.
In Autumn 2005 we started working on material for a second ep, the songs written ushered in a new direction in the music and ambition of the band.
A far more epic intense sound emanated from the initial demos and final recording of the ep entitled "Dinosaurs want payback" is just being completed at present.
Live outings have incorporatd some additional musicians with cellist/pianist Lisa Fallon and noted trad violinist Eilis ni Chomain adding punch to the live sound.
Expect a winter release of "dinosaurs want payback" with national tour.