The Difference Engine
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The Difference Engine


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Download: The Difference Engine – Elephant Island

With a band name based on either a William Gibson steampunk novel or an early mathematical calculator and songs inspired by Ernest Shackleton, the Difference Engine are a different breed of Irish band. You can tell this from the opening horns of new single ‘Elephant Island’. It’s an accessible pop song (despite the lyrics of Antarctic expedition) with a wonderful hook, and marks the band out as an Irish Hoosiers or Scouting for Girls. Only much cleverer and less obnoxious. The video is pretty damn good too. - I swar I'm Not Paul

"Durty Promotions Launch Gig"

If Martin quietly wooed punters over the threshold, The Difference Engine were an altogether different proposition. They grabbed you by the throat and dragged you in the door. Songs like Gin Wars and Aspirin (about WOMEN and BOOZE naturally) were as strong as Canavan’s on stage presence and he was ably backed by a kentic suited-and-booted Difference Engine. The addition of trumpet lifted even the lulls and made them sound like a Mariachi band at a bull-fight. The horns and suits routine did wonders for Mark Ronson’s career so expect Canavan to be dueting with Lily Allen by the weekend. - HotPress


Oct 2009 Album - You're An Electron I'm An Electron released
Dec 2009 Single - Carol Vorderman Counting me Down was Single of the Week on Rick O'Shea
Feb 2011 - Elephant Island released



Our first single (Elephant Island, written about Antarctic Explorer Ernest Shackleton) was launched on 15th Feb and has already received airplay on The Ray Foley Show and KC at Night on Today FM. Other radio stations who have given us buckets of airtime are 98FM, Phantom, BeatFM and Live 95 as well as Talking History on Newstalk .

Prior to creating the Difference Engine, our lead singer Brian Canavan released a solo album entitled YOU’RE AN ELECTRON I’M AN ELECTRON and had huge success with “Carol Vorderman Counting Me Down”. Both the song and album received coverage on Rick O’Shea (2FM), Maxi (Radio 1), The Last Broadcast (RTE2) and on The Ray D’Arcy Show (Today FM). The video has over 200,000 hits on Youtube and counting.

Hotpress said of our gigs “The Difference Engine grabbed you by the throat and dragged you in the door”. Our unique live show will fit in with any high standard modern festival