Joe O'Connor
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Joe O'Connor

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2015
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"Impressive third album from Irish rockers"

This was the last review Joe received with his old band The Shoos. Joe has not yet received any press for the new album.

Impressive third album from Irish rockers
Unashamedly "Anti Indie" and mainstream in their approach, The Shoos strengths lie in their terrific musicianship, a strong front-man and sharp songwriting. Their third album offers an impressive collection of well constructed tunes in a classic, guitar-based rock style, with an emphasis on memorable melodies and hooks.

They don't waste any time getting down to business with their heady opener 'What Are You Crying For' is a radio-friendly rocker in a Bryan Adams style. The jangly, chugging guitars on 'Love A Rebel' recall Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers at their finest, while offering hints of the late Glenn Frey's 'Smugglers Blues.

Built around a bluesy riff, 'Top Of The World' is a mix of AC/DC and Led Zep with a touch of the Black Crowes, while the mid-tempo 'Mothers Love' borrows the intro to the Stones 'Gimme Shelter' adding touches of U2 for good measure.
Elsewhere barely-concealed blue-collar anger is explored on the Springsteen-esque 'Born On The Lathe' while the slow burning ballad 'Underwater' showcases The Shoos gentler side. Overall, this is a dynamic and exciting collection that deserves loads of radio play.
Colm O'Hare//Out Now - Hot Press


'No Turning Back Now' 

Available Dec 2nd



Joe O’Connor is an Irish born musician from Wicklow Town, Co. Wicklow, now based in Regina, Saskatchewan. Joe started showcasing his talent in Dublin City at the young age of 15. He quickly gathered a following opening for the likes of Sinead O’Connor, Paddy Casey and Declan O’Rourke as well as performing with his childhood band “Kingzipper” in various venues across Ireland. 
In his 20’s Joe went on to create the heavy rock band “Kill Man Ten” and released the album 'Come On In' before the band parted ways. 
It was at this point he emersed himself in the intricate workings of songwriting and slowly began working on what would eventually become “No Turning Back Now”. 
During this time Joe also became a session guitarist working with such artists as Mark McCabe and Shane Fallon among many others. 
In early 2013 Joe joined well known Dublin rock outfit The Shoos where he was able to further refine his talent and ability. Shortly after this his song 'Women & Whiskey' won the Ri Sessions songwriting competition gaining vital radio play and gig bookings as a solo artist while still being lead guitarist in The Shoos. 
In May of 2015 Joe began recording his first full length solo album 'No Turning Back Now' in his hometown of Wicklow, Ireland. After the album was tracked Joe emigrated to Canada where he had toured as a solo artist and met his future wife. It was at this time the album reached its completion. 
Now based in Canada Joe looks forward to continuing the journey of 'No Turning Back Now' with its release 
on December 2nd 2017.

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