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Dublin, Leinster, Ireland | SELF

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"Review of Only By The Night by Celina Murphy - Hotpress"

Dublin foursome Soundproof have been knocking about for a while now, thrilling music lovers on the Northside of the city with their winding, Doors-esque mega-riffs. 'Only By The Night' is seriously catchy stuff, helped in no small part by Neil O'Donoghue's fearless indie growl.

- Celina Murphy

"Longlisted to play Glastonbury 2011"

"Soundproof are a rock/indie band from Dublin who are masterful at a catchy tune that would not sound out of place opening the Pyramid Stage. They remind me a lot of the Subways." -

"Review of Single Launch May 29th 2010"

One saying that certainly epitomizes the Soundproof movement is the old Descartes refrain “Cogito ergo sum” or, “I think therefore I am”. Soundproof have this in abounds and when they strut their moves on stage it is the positive energy and inner belief that transcends the playing and, at times, even the songs. The audience in turn feeds off this energy and a good time is had by all. The band think they’re the best thing since sliced bread and because of this the audience concurs- not an easy equation to satisfy.

This is by no means meant as a dig at the band’s music. On the contrary, so many times you leave a gig from new up and coming hopefuls and you think “well yeah I thought the songs weren’t bad but were they really into it? Heart has to be the starting point and Soundproof have it. When you have heart you have a chance. If not, well you might as well hang up the guitar strings and use the drum kit as a head banging device.

So let’s leave the philosophical mumbo jumbo aside for the moment and talk about the music. Soundproof were in The Village to kick off the launch of new single 'Only by the Night', their first major outing since the release of debut EP back in October last year. A lot of work has gone on since then and on said single the driving guitar riff and vociferous vocal along with a catchy chorus stands up to the self-belief the band exudes. The more tracks the band write like this one the more their catalogue will actually build into a catalogue to be reckoned with.

Soundproof have moved a little from their early indie beginnings and, in The Village in Saturday, seemed more comfortable with notching up the amps a bit more and bringing a more rocky feel in. With the melodies and vocal harmonies already there this gives them more of a complete sound.

The set was a mix of old and new, with the exception of a bit of murmurings on one of the acoustic tracks, the band’s growing audience played their part to the full. The set finished with perhaps their song-writing highlight to date, 'Come Play a Different Game', a back to basics song which has all the trimmings and a catchy chorus thrown in. Crowd favourite 'Shoot Me' was reserved for the encore and set up a buoyant finale.

Throughout the performance one could definitely put a hand on half a dozen songs that captivated the audience and could easily have airplay potential given a bit more fine tuning. On the other end of the spectrum though there were a few tracks that needed work (or to be consigned to the recycle bin). But this is a young band with time on their side, an eye for a killer tune and heart aplenty. - Colin Cosgrove

"Bren McElroy - In Dublin"

Who ever thought that an unsigned band from Dublin would rejuvenate my ears? Reminiscent of The Bravery, Editors, and a hint of early Kings of Leon material - Soundproof have delivered a bundle of pop/rock brillance on their debut EP ‘Shoot Me’ which proves that there is still hope for unsigned acts to make their mark on the music industry.

- Bren McElroy


Shoot Me - EP,
Released: October 2009
Airplay on: Dublin City fm, Near fm and WLR fm

01 - Shoot Me
02 - Chasing The Dream
03 - Come Play A Different Game

Only By The Night - Single,
Released: May 2010
Airplay on: Dublin City fm, Near fm and WLR fm

01 - Only By The Night



Longlisted to play Glastonbury this year, Soundproof are a 4 piece rock band hailing from the North of Dublin. Set up in 2006 by 3 brothers, Ste, Chris and Neilo. Bassist Rosie later filled in and the band was formed.

Since setting up the band have rocked venues such as Whelans, The Village, The Button Factory, The Academy, Eamon Doran’s and The Sugar Club. The band have also performed on various radio stations and jammed alongside some of best emerging talent on the Irish music scene.

In Autumn 2009 they went on to record their debut EP titled ‘Shoot Me’ at Pulse Studios. The EP launch saw a crowd of over 250 people at The Village Venue. With a fast growing fan base "The Proof" began to make their move on the Irish music scene.

In May 2010 Soundproof released their debut single “Only By The Night” which was a huge success. It peaked to No.2 in the Download charts, No.44 in the Irish charts and helped Soundproof secure their names on the bill of No Place Like Dome Music Festival and LcFest. With positive reviews from the likes of Hotpress Magizine, In Dublin and Heineken Music, Soundproof have not failed to impress.

Continuing its success, "Only by the Night" was also picked up by a top Canadian TV Network as the theme tune for a new adventure series that aired on Discovery Channel in November 2010.

Their melodic rock music and supreme energy has grasped an expanding fan base and helped Soundproof get bigger and better. After playing alongside RoySeven, Bell X1 and The Villagers at Sea Sessions the lads are now back in the studio working on their 2nd single due for release later this Summer.

See for regular updates.