TOP LIMERICK rock band, Windings, celebrate the launch of brand new single â€˜Embury Greenwayâ€™, with a gig in Dolanâ€™s this Friday night, joined by two up and coming bands, We Cut Corners and Dead Red Light.
The single, released on local label Out On A Limb Records, is the first Windings offering to feature all five current members of the band, with Mike Gavin and Patrick Oâ€™Brien joining the central trio of Steve Ryan, Liam Marley and Aaron Mulhall for the first time since the latter trio recorded the excellent album â€˜Itâ€™s Never Rightâ€™, released last year.
â€œI think we all felt it was time to shape up to do something together, it was actually the first time we have all played on the recorded version of Windings,â€ explains Steve Ryan, Windings frontman, and, in case you didnâ€™t know, former member of Giveamanakick, now sadly disbanded.
â€œI think it sounds better for it as well. We released two singles from the album and we decided before Christmas that this year we are going to release a couple more singles and it will be new stuff - possibly just stand alone singles as well, because I think that is the way to go these days, I donâ€™t know if many people buy albums any more,â€ he adds.
Strangely for Windings, Embury Greenway is described by as a â€œslab of irresistible pure sunshine popâ€.
â€œI reckon it is the most poppy thing I have ever been involved with, and there was a part of me going - wow - it has all gone a bit pop, so I decided Iâ€™d name it after two of the guys in my favourite metal band,â€ he laughs of the single, named after his two favourite members of the Death Metal Band â€œNapalm Deathâ€.
Steve adds: â€œIt is poppy but people are really positive about it, as they should be because I hate the word pop being used with negative connotations, pop is a good thing and that is what we aimed for and I think we nearly got itâ€.
The album was recorded with Irish super producer Owen Lewis, who is now based in Cranberries guitarist Noel Hoganâ€™s studio in the leafy northside suburbs of the city, just before the five piece band headed to Toronto to play, and Steve says the quick production of the new single has inspired the group.
â€œWe are going to play as many festivals as we can and keep plugging away at our own gigs and we will be recording another single before the end of the summer, because we are in the mood now. We are getting productive,â€ he laughs.
Windings play Upstairs in Dolanâ€™s this Friday. Embury Greenway is available now, see www.outonalimbrecords.com.