THURSDAY sees exciting new Limerick band Parliament Square mark the release of their new single Forest Fire with a gig in Cobblestone Joeâ€™s in the city.
The band, made up of ex-Driven frontman and top songwriter Brendan Markham - whose solo album from a few years back was one of our favourite Irish releases in recent memory - ex-Walter Mitty bassist Colin Bartley, Karol Drea and Ross Brennan.
The band, who have been working together in studio for the bones of 12 months, dubbed themselves Parliament Square after a JP Oâ€™Brien horse of the same name whom Markham and Brennan gambled their â€œlast â‚¬10â€ - so the legend goes - and the winnings from which paid for the bandâ€™s recording time.
On a serious note, the quartet hope to have their debut album released some time next year and say they have already had a lot of interest in the as yet unreleased material.
â€œThe new stuff is a bit synthy,â€ says bassist Bartley. â€œIt took me a while to warm up to it, but we have been getting a great response to it,â€ he laughs.
â€œHopefully we will have the album out next year, shortly before the summer and we are heading back into studio soon to finish work on it,â€ he adds.
Forest Fire is a great first taster of things to come from the band, boasting Markahmâ€™s lyrical songwriting skills layered over a thumping beat.
A free copy of the single will be available for those who turn up early to the gig in Cobbelstoneâ€™s this Thursday, while a video screening for the new single will take place before the gig on a big screen. Admission is free.