One Day International

One Day International


"It’s about time a band wedded the symphonic grandeur of Sigur Ros to pop melodies that soar and swoop like a plastic bag caught in a gust of wind. Gorgeous stuff." - Jason Killingsworth, Paste Magazine


Having released their acclaimed debut album Blackbird in 2008 and played shows with Lisa Hannigan, Elbow, Richard Hawley, Lykke Li and Crowded House in Ireland, One Day International return to headlining duties in 2009 and start spreading their wings abroad.

With a new single ‘Little Death’ at radio, One Day International are heading to Austin, Texas for a bunch of shows at the South By South West Festival where they hope to capitalize on recent features on NPR (National Public Radio) and Paste Magazine, the title track is on the magazine’s cover CD for the February issue !

This is the story of One Day International. Matt Lunson on vocals, Cormac Curran on piano, Danny Snow on bass, Ross Turner on drums and Eimear O’Grady on cello.

Stealing precious early hours and extended late evenings from each of their numerous music and theatre day-lives, the five piece have crafted an album that gently reveals a wealth of beautiful, simple songs.

Produced by Brian Crosby (BellX1 and The Cake Sale), Blackbird is an album of impressions, colours and emotions expressed through a gorgeous layered sound. Each note, each word, is lovingly tended to and brought to life by five incredibly talented friends who perform together with equal measures of restraint and inhibition. Tales of lovers and strangers, confidence and vulnerability, Blackbird is simple in its story and complex in its arrangement.

The subtle temperance and glorious crescendos of One Day International come from a hybrid of musical births: Lunson, a Tasmanian escapee, began life literally tongue tied, traveled the world, settled on Dublin and hasn’t looked back; Curran discovered the piano at age four, turned his back on ten years of formal training to play guitar with ‘real men’ and returned to the ivories with brand new ears when still just eighteen years old; Snow played bass in a young rock band, dreamt unrequited dreams of stadium stardom, and despite being the nonplussed owner of one singular Jazz album, went on to complete a three year BA in Jazz Performance; Turner can’t remember a time when he wasn’t playing or studying music, a drummer of vast experience who moonlights with personal appearances on record sleeves and in music videos, and O’Grady, a multi talented, multi faceted woman who has performed all genres of music across the world and still manages to find the time to act on stage, when not being doused in fuel and set alight on film sets.

Having come together through mutual acquaintances, lovers tiffs and the barriered doors of some of Dublin’s less than salubrious gin joints, One Day International began performing and writing together in 2007. A deep and passionate respect for language resonates through each and every track. Words are not wasted, each turn of phrase demands attention. The collected musicianship of the group affords the listener a hoard of minds-eye treasures to call upon. One Day International are a lean, mean songwriting team. Having all been involved in music for many years, from live performances and recording processes through to the dirty business of releasing records, One Day International played a modest amount of live dates, then took a step back from the live circuit to spend time making Blackbird.

Brian Crosby took a delicate hold of recording and production duties and coaxed eleven lullabies from One Day International. Along the way, bowed cymbals and glockenspiels, an omnichord, a pounding double bass, synths and a host of talented musicians and vocalists managed to find their place in the mix.

The album opens with the band tuning up, lures the listener in, sweeps you away on an eleven-song long journey, before spitting you back out on the street, a little dazed, wondering how this fateful meeting ever happened and why it ended so quickly.

One Day International. The Blackbird is flying !!


"Aliens" - alternative version as free download with The Cake Sale. U.S. edition. Available on Yeproc Records.
"One Day International"- Self Titled E.P. 2007 (Sold Out)
"Blackbird" - Debut Album 2008 Available in Ireland on Independent Records. Available in the U.K. and U.S.A. through Itunes.

Set List

Miss Your Mouth
Sleeping On Trains
Little Death
Not Over You
Lead Balloon
Closed Doors
Black Is The Bird
Darken Your Door
Big Surprise
In The Park In The Pouring Rain
No Good For You
Everytime We Pass