Unquiet Nights are a band with big ideas, big songs, and a big sound. With roots in Belfast and flavoured in London and Rome, the songs are ambitious and direct, whether you hear them live @ 10,000dB or on record. The music takes you back to a time when song-writing was king and Rock & Roll meant something.
Rising from the ashes of a previous Irish radio fixture, Unquiet Nights are centred on the songs of singer/guitarist Luke Mathers, the drum-work of Rodger Firmin, and the precision bass of John Rossi. It had always been about the songs, since long before anyone started taking notice. And now that they are taking notice, the thing being noticed is still the songs.
“We Were The Ones” – the pick of major US magazine Under The Radar for their Best of 2010 sampler, “Burning The Tracks” the choice of Recharged DJ Justin Wayne for his track of the week, and “Shoulda Said Something” made the soundtrack of numerous sports segments worldwide. The songs have taken on a life of their own, picking up radio play in a long list of countries and stations, drawing frequent comparison from DJs to R.E.M at their drive-time best, the lustful exuberance of The Rolling Stones, Primal Scream and most pleasingly of all – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.
2011 so far has seen Unquiet Nights in Dublin (Balcony TV), London (Scala w/ Bloc Party), Italy (radio sessions), and headline shows in their hometown of Belfast. The band have graduated to national radio play, and the first full album release, 21st Century Redemption Songs, is due later in 2011. Anticipation is growing steadily about that which is most essential to the band – their songs.