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The best kept secret in music


"Ish Magazine Review Dec 2003"

Primed's live show, in terms of visuals, is something that has the potential to be truly mind blowing.

They design the visuals themselves, attempting to picture the music in each song and relay that feeling to their audience, and the result is a very unique experience. Every song is like a journey, and the graphic design and visuals accompany that brilliantly.

The band members’ influences are very diverse, yet they fit together nicely, like a musical collage. The mix includes Tool, Jane’s Addiction, Jethro Tull, Motorhead, Pink Floyd, Slayer and Van Morrison. Singer Derek, however, maintains that he doesn’t listen to anything.

The unsigned scene in Ireland is one that is ready to explode. Primed are likely to be at the forefront of that explosion. These guys have a loaded gun. They have taken aim. Now all that remains is for them to fire. For lovers of authentic, raw, soulful music and a great live show,
Primed are a must-see event.
- Ish

"MCD Review"

Primed - Irelands answer to the blue apocalyptic sound pioneered by last years Ozzfest headliners Tool

"Dubfly Magazine Oct 2002"

Primed are a five-piece powerhouse from Dublin, who write all their own songs and produce enough noise to fill Croke Park. They have been gathering quite a following around Dublin with their brand of loudness.

Primed offer a little something different form the usual Pineapple headed clones and U2 hopefuls, their sound is more American based with a healthy twist of originality thrown in to confuse and amaze even more. Punky, rock based, inner-torments are spilled everywhere with a crescendo of noise from the skilled axe men and percussion section.

Chief song writer, Derek Reid, once of almost famous Medicine Man, is the focal point of the group. At times you worry about your own well being but his as well as he goads and scares the audience in equal measure by his sheer intensity and dead-eyed expression. He demands attention and almost certainly gets it; once he has you the music maintains your mind.

This band at times seemed to deeply despise one another as they trade sour glances and vicious guitar licks, whilst their lead singer loses his mind and drummer glides effortlessly through the guitar noise to stamp his own authority on the band.

The noise is immense and quite simply invigorating, all their original pieces from words to music is a credit to the band including the entirely instrumental ‘Dolphin’ which opens most sets and grimacing numbers like ‘Grief’, ‘Pain in blue’ and ‘One Big Lie’. Primed separate themselves from their challengers by virtue of their originality and musical discovery, they mould songs as a team from Derek Reid’s words to the music to suit his hurting. They’re primed for success. - Channelfly


July 2001 - Insight to Riot EP
October 2003 - Grief single
November 2004 - Icarus Falls E.P.
July 2005 - Faking the Kill and I Am, internet promo release
Early 2006 - Ebbings album release


Feeling a bit camera shy


Primed in their current line-up have been performing successfully on the Irish rock scene for more than four years. Founded in 2000 by O'Connor and Reid, they have managed to rise up the ranks of the Irish rock scene and are now considered by respected critics to be one of the most formiddable and spectacular live acts in the country.

Their live show blends cutting edge computer animated graphics, intricate lighting design and, of course, the bands original and compelling sound. Coupled with this the band have developed a
Golden Web Award winning website.

At the end of 2003, Primed released the Grief E.P. to critical acclaim, gaining extremely favorable reviews in well known publications such as Hot Press, ISH Magazine and Dubfly.

They supported this release with a successful sold out theatre tour around Ireland during which they received local, national and internet radio support and expanded on their already growing fan base.

Known today as one of the most innovative and industrious bands in the Irish rock industry and described by major Irish promotions firm, MCD, as "Irelands answer to the blue apocalyptic
sound pioneered by Ozzfest headliners, TOOL", they have continued to feed the imagination of the listening public through their gripping live performances, and have supported such international acts as, frontman from
Slipknot, Corey Taylor, frontman , with Stone Sour and seminal English group, Killing Joke.
Following massive interest from promoters abroad, Primed are currently planning tours of the U.K,
U.S.A and a festival tour of Mainland Europe.

In November '04 the band finished recording the Icarus Falls E.P. with Canice Mills who has worked with groups such as The Future Kings Of Spain and Republic Of Loose. the recording featured an ambitious strings section which further pushed
the boundaries of the Primed sound.
The coming shows see Primed incorporate an all new lighting and visual show and utilize their back catalogue of music coupled with their newer projects. Plans are also underway for the filming of their debut music video scheduled for release in summer '05.

Primed are also recording four new tracks with Canice Mills in the newly refurbished Temple Lane studios in Dublin, Ireland. And recording has begun for their debut L.P. album Ebbings. Two new tracks will be available for exclusive download on their website, and on the minisite,, by the start of july.

Primed is:
Derek Reid - Vocals
John O'Connor - Lead Guitar
Paul Dunne - Rythm Guitar
Leon Guilfoyle - Bass Guitar
Dermot Nugent - Drums