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The Notions Blog 21/8/2013
Around this time last year The Notions were adding the final touches to their debut EP ‘Scoop’. Since then they have been constantly gigging and gaining attention both at home and abroad.
“This is a surprisingly varied EP, starting with the bluesy "Brandy" before going into the almost country-ish "Come Back to Me," followed by the hard-rocking "Hey Hey Hey" and the mandolin-driven, melodic closer, "Scoop." It's not eclecticism, though. It's more a matter of musicians who have worked in many genres and assimilated them into a coherent and wide-ranging style”.
Their live shows are dynamic in range “specializing in a fusion of blues, roots, rock and indie. As much skilled with delicious grooves as grinding guitar hooks, they take classic genres and make them their own”.
“They instantly established themselves as a tight band who played effortlessly together making you want to say, ‘oh yeah,’but suddenly change their style to ‘Hell yeah’ with a really gritty explosion. They’re an absolute pleasure to listen to and they really got the crowd moving”.
The band is always adding new songs to their set, the latest include ‘Disbelief’, and ‘Two Step’ which bear all the hallmarks of writers exploring various ethnic musical genres and ‘Love Is’ and ‘Promises’, reflecting Laura’s love of rhythm and blues. Songs like ‘Come Back to Me’ and ‘One of a Kind’ leave you in no doubt that this band’s sound is constantly evolving. The band attributes this to “playing live, so as the songs can develop and take on a life of their own. It’s always interesting to hear a song that was recorded a while back and compare it to how we play it now”.
The Notions are receiving their fair share of airplay at the moment with tracks from ‘Scoop’ being played regularly in England, Wales, France, The Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, America and Canada as well as at home in Ireland. As a result of stations in England playing tracks The Notions played their first tour there in July. “We set up a few gigs in Kent and London, packed up the car and went for it. It was great to play to people who heard our songs on the radio and then took the time to come and see us play”.
The band members are Laura Thomas on guitars, mandolin, piano and vocals, Eoin Ó Conghaile on bass guitar, lead guitar, backing vocals and keyboards, Damien Quinn on guitars, keyboards and percussion. Eoin joined the band a year ago bringing a unique take on the songs. “Eoin is truly a musician’s musician so we can swap around instruments creating an even bigger more dynamic sound”.
Over the coming months the band will play several shows around Ireland (see website for details) and are working on a tour of the UK for summer 2014. In addition a video is being planned for the song “Love Is” and will go into production in the coming weeks.