SARAMAI

SARAMAI

 Navan, Leinster, IRL
BandAlternativeFolk

Raw, powerful and full of moody twists and turns, SARAMAI are a cinematic band. Unusually beautiful songs with orchestral swells and rough soundscapes marked with powerful dynamic and rhythmic shifts will sweep you away. Though a 3 piece they have a big sound and are extremely engaging to watch live.

Biography

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXUIGPBcy5o

www.saramaimusic.com
www.facebook.com/saramaimusic

'...this Meath three-piece's new single moves between chamber pop, piano ballads and a grandeur that most acts can't reach....' - The Irish Times / Nialler9

' It's only been ten months since Saramai released debut EP Red Moon, a gentle yet powerfully beautiful opening salvo and emergence onto the Irish music scene.....From multiple live shows, to an appearance on Other Voices on RTÉ, and most recently the video for latest single, 'Trees' (above), premiering over on Hot Press, that's a pretty impressive CV already..........One of the most glaring conclusions to be reached after listening to Magnetic North in it's entirety is that we have easily one of the finest vocalists in the country right now in Leech..' - Remy's Music and Film

Press Release Oct 2016

Irish band Saramai are launching their second EP 'Magnetic North' in Whelan's (upstairs) this Wednesday the 19th of October. Supporting them on the night is Rosa Nutty.

This will be the last performance of their 11 date tour which has brought them to Belfast, London, Cork, Galway, Bangor, Old Castle and more. They also performed as part of the renowned showcase Hard Working Class Heroes festival in Dublin last weekend.

Describing their sound as alt-euphoric they have developed a unique voice as a band, touring and writing together since they released their first EP 'Red Moon' last November. Drummer Aimie Mallon and guitarist Cormac O'Keeffe initially joined Saramai Leech on tour as a backing band but, as new songs veered away from a singer-songwriter quality to a more textured feel, they quickly realised they had a full band sound.

Since forming they have performed at Other Voices in Dingle which was broadcast on RTE 2 during the summer and they have just released their first music video created by London-based animator Aaron Brady. Hot Press magazine premiered the video in Ireland for 'Trees' earlier this week

While touring their first release earlier this year they spent two days in the wilds of Donegal, in Attica studios, where they recorded four songs with Tommy McLaughlin (SOAK, Bell X1, Villagers, Cathy Davey). The fruits of this live session with Tommy is their second EP 'Magnetic North'.

Tickets into their Whelans' gig are 10 euros and includes a free signed copy of the EP.

Saramai has:

- just been nominated by best Irish Music Video and Best Music Video by Cork Film Festival. (Oct 18th 2016)
- been selected to showcase at Hard Working Class Heroes this October  - chosen from over 700 acts. (Oct 8th 2016)
- been picked from 600 acts to perform at 'Other Voices' festival on the IMRO Other Room Stage. (Dec 2015)
- had their Other Voices performance was broadcast this summer on national TV - RTE2. (July 2016)
- been chosen from 1000s to be one of Guinness Amplify's acts to both showcase and record in studio.
- recorded two EPs with Tommy McLaughlin in Attica Studios (Villagers, Cathy Davey, Bell X1, SOAK).
- recently released singles 'Hanging Around' and 'Trees' from the second
EP with plans to the full EP on October 19th in Dublin.
- enjoyed radio play on national radio broadcasters in France, the UK and Ireland RTE 1, 2FM, Lyric FM, Today FM, Newstalk, BBC and also Radio France among others.
- have been invited to play live sessions on Arena Arts (RTE 1), Paul McLoone
(Today FM) and The Green Room (Newstalk) among others.

Latest releases: EP ''Magnetic North'' October 19 2016, video for ''Trees'' October 12th 2016.

'Magnetic North' Irish and UK Tour Dates:

18 Sept - Sunflower, Belfast, UK
24 Sept - Canalaphonic, Dublin, IRE
24 Sept - Fealtys, Bangor, UK
29 Sept - Classified Records Instore, Dundalk, IRE
29 Sept - The Spirit Store, Dundalk, IRE
5 Oct - De Barras, Cork, IRE
6 Oct - The Islington, London, UK
8 Oct - Hard Working Class Heroes, Showcase, Dublin, IRE
12 Oct - Roisin Dubh, Galway, IRE
19 Oct - Whelans, Dublin, IRE (EP LAUNCH)


Lyrics

Trees

Written By: Saramai Leech

Do trees worry about their height?
Do flowers worry they won't bloom all they might?
Do fireflies fear they won't shine as bright,
As deep down in their hearts they know they can?

Keep faith child,
Stay brave child,
You're loved child,
And the world's unfurling as it should.

Does the tide fight a battle at every turn?
Does the sun defend its right to burn?
Does the wind doubt that it should blow,
Where deep down in its heart it knows it can?

Keep faith child,
Stay brave child,
You're loved child,
And the world's unfurling as it should.

The moon knows the night is its birth right
And all day long it just sits tight.

Keep faith.
Stay brave.
You're loved.

Ships

Written By: Saramai Leech

The magnetic North has shifted
And the ships are getting lost.
You were the song that kept us singing
Value over cost.
Everybody's screaming their own names now
And the ships are getting tossed.

I wore your clothes,
Slept in your bed,
Said what you said
But couldn't find you.

The magnetic North has shifted
And the light is acting strange.
Like a Majesty you served us
Stories we did not deserve.
Everybody's practicing their autograph.
And the light has changed.

Where is my map?
Where is my anchor?

Blind me with your faith.

Where is my map?
Where is my anchor?

Heavenly

Written By: Saramai Leech

Heavenly to be,
Here.

Your car, your school,
Are Home.
Your days, your friends,
Are Home.

We'll build right here
And we'll never
Have to leave.

Mister Gold.

Your car, your school,
Are Home.
Your days, your friends,
Are Home.

We'll build right here
And we'll never
Have to leave.

Hanging Around

Written By: Saramai Leech

The moon is shining like she wants to.
Trust a body, older than you know.
Trust your soul it tends to have your interests at heart.
This feeling isn't new
It hangs around and makes me blue.

The Moon is going through the motions.
She's looking out and trying hard
Not to dwell on just how long she's been
Hanging around.
This feeling isn't new
It hangs around and makes me blue.

And I've seen the devil
Looking at you.
Better that you know he's there.
Otherwise he's everywhere
Hiding in plain view.

Still the moon is beautiful tonight.
Trust a body, older than you know.
Said with a grandmother's kindness.
This feeling isn't new.
It hangs around and makes me blue.

And I've seen the devil
Looking at you.
Better that you know he's there.
Otherwise he's everywhere
Hiding in plain view.

Fall A While

Written By: Saramai Leech

Tell me when
When will it be good
Tell me when
It happened like it should
We are headed
Headed where we're bound
We stay hidden
Hidden 'till we're found

Fall a while with me
Stand tall so we can see

Tell me when
When will it be good
Tell me when
It happened like it should

Red Moon

Written By: Saramai Leech

You feel
Drizzle on a pebble stone beach
You see
A pale morning moon close enough to reach
Although you could
You never should your dark dreams teach
Get closer its
A red moon

A red moon

You see a
Sunset setting on a rolling plane
A timeless stopping
That knew no naming

That knew no naming of a
A red moon rising

The shore’s lined with elephant spines
The seaweed is made up of orange rind
And through a dirty old window you see

A red moon

Butterfly Waltz

Written By: Saramai Leech

Butterflies in front of my eyes
All the time these days
They’re still chasing the rays
Lost nowadays
Sentinels for
Silence and more
But I keep my line
My own space and time
My rhythm my rhyme

I’m grounded again can you hear me
Grounded again are you near me
These wings are tired and won’t fly
But I’ll try, I wish you were nearby

You gave me your depth, staid the rain
You gave me your breath, staid the pain
You gave your depth, restarred the stars

When you spoke of
Of a sun that would shine
All the time that day
New moons, northern lights
Mistletoe, of twilight
Of Snowflakes on clear nights
You gave me your line
Your own space and time
Your rhythm, your rhyme

Return Again Soon

Written By: Saramai Leech

You'll love it here
The sky's blue and the air is clean
You'll be save you'll see
You'll clear your head and your history

You'll kiss the moon and return again soon

Be on your way
Gather your things without delay
Because we need you
To kiss the dawn and the fading dew

You'll kiss the moon and return again soon

Dream and dream of here
Where the sky's blue
And the air is clear
You'll be saved you'll see
You'll find your stars in ascendancy

You'll kiss the moon and return again soon

Discography

Magnetic North EP October 2016

Trees Single July 2016

Hanging around Single May 2016

Red Moon EP Nov 2015

Set List

Fall A While

Lipsealed (unreleased)

Ships

Hanging Around

Red Moon

Horizon (unreleased)

Trees

Shed This Skin (unreleased)

Boy From School (Cover - Hot Chip)

Young Wonder (unreleased)

Butterfly Waltz

Heavenly

To Hurt No (unreleased)