On Raglans’ road

Raglans (L-R) - Stephen Kelly, Rhos Horan, Conn O’Ruanaidh and Brendan McGlynn

Raglans are an alternative rock band from Dublin. They consist of Stephen Kelly, Rhos Horan, Conn O’Ruanaidh and Brendan McGlynn. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2014 and was hugely successful.

The Dublin based quartet have toured with bands like The Strypes, The Libertines and Haim. They have just signed with label, Fierce Panda and release a new EP this October. We spoke to drummer Conn to discover more about the boisterous lads.

How was the band formed?

Two of the guys met at a festival and got chatting. They played some tunes together and kept in touch. A mate asked if I wanted to play drums. Two weeks later we were playing our first gig and we haven’t stopped since.

Did you ever see this success coming?
No we didn’t. We don’t expect anyone to like our band. When people are into it and like our music it’s pretty amazing.

What can we expect from the new EP this October?
Our last album took us touring all over the world. The new EP is a result of that. It’s about the lifestyle, who we are and where we’ve been.

You have toured with some amazing acts, what is your favourite part of touring?

When we started touring, living as a band, not eating, not sleeping, playing and meeting people, we just caught that bug. We love every part of it.

You play Dublin this October, how excited are you to perform at home again?

We can’t wait. In the beginning we played here every week. Now we only get to do it maybe twice a year, so it’s always special. It’s always a party.

Any mad after sesh planned?
That goes with the Dublin show. We always have an after party somewhere so we’re going to figure that out. We like our gigs to be more intimate, there’s no band and audience, it’s just everyone together.

You were filming a video today, can we get any spoilers?

I could if I knew what the video was about. We showed up to a warehouse, it was all blacked out, there were lots of lights, and we were just told by the director what to do. I have no idea what’s going to happen but what I saw looked amazing.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Take everything with a pinch of salt. We’ve adapted it to take everything with a pound of salt.

What is next for Raglans?
We release this EP, tour it for as long as we can and then release our second album next year.

Is there anything else you would like to say to our readers?

Come to our gigs. Come say hi.

Emer Handly

Image credit: Mission PR & Communications Ltd.

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