Gemma Kent chats with Mikey of Winter Heart ahead of their debut gig in the Academy.
“I had an idea for a new band that was all about honest lyrics and big songs.”
Set to make their debut performance in the Academy on April 22nd, Winter Heart is a band ready to pen its name to the list of Great Irish Bands. I talk with bandmember, Mikey, who enthuses about the thrill of taking to the stage for the first time and on such a large scale. It is, after all, that grabbing of the next rung of the ladder that every breakout band yearns for: “As a band, we cannot wait,” he says. “The fact people have bought tickets with their hard earned money to see us is amazing.”
Amazing, yes. Surprising? Less so. I was lucky enough to get to put a sneaky ear to their new track, ‘Falling’ and it’s an instant candidate for an earworm, one that radio stations are sure to pick up on in the coming weeks.
When I ask Mike a bit about the band’s sound, specifically whom they cite as inspirations, the answer is: “anything from Architects to Take That”! But he’s quick to caution me against assuming any mimicry is at play: “the writing of the songs is a very raw process: it’s about what we would like to listen to rather than trying to sound like someone else”. At heart of this Winter Heart, then, is a commitment to playing against the grain, to staying versatile and different and fresh: “I think our sound is a very different one in the Irish music scene,” Mikey tells me.
“We are on the border of Rock and Pop, which opens up a lot of doors for playing with different bands. We could easily play with The Coronas or You Me At Six.”
Looking ahead, the lads have plans to release a number of new singles over the next while, ultimately aspiring to release an EP before the year is out. So watch this space.
When I ask them where they’d next love to play – what the location of the dream Winter Heart concert looks like — it’s a killer crowd in the Olympia that takes their fancy: “Every time we go to a gig there we say how much playing there would mean to us”.
Might we see them at Pairc Uí Chaoimh? Fingers crossed.
‘Falling’ is due to land on iTunes and the usual suspects in the coming days. Remaining tickets for their gig (if, indeed, any do remain!) can be purchased here: http://www.ticketmaster.ie/winter-heart-dublin-04-22-