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Cum on feel the Roys!
Having spent the summer in Europe wowing huge festival audiences, Royseven are now concentrating on matters of a domestic nature. Phil Udell joins them as they experience the highs, lows and drunken dancing eejits of the Irish live circuit.
Phil Udell, 02 Nov 2006
It’s a Friday night in downtown Dublin and Paul Walsh is standing tall. Bathed in an impressive light show and with his musical colleagues creating a huge noise around him, he’s every inch the rock star.
Strange then to think that just 24 hours earlier he was being whirled around a dancefloor in the back room of a pub by a man who had seemingly been attempting to drink his own body weight. Such is the life of a band on the road in Ireland...
Thursday evening and it’s raining in Galway, and the cosy front bar of the Roisin Dubh seems more attractive than ever. This part aside, the place has changed significantly over the past couple of years. There’s a new bar upstairs, a large roof garden and the intimate gig area at the back has been transformed into a more spacious, all-standing venue with a large stage in the corner. It’s here that Royseven are in the process of setting up. We’re joining them half-way through their first serious Irish tour.
These are interesting times for the band. Their debut album, is released tomorrow, and the sextet view this as an important opportunity to make their mark at home after a high profile summer spent in Europe (the band are signed to Universal Germany). In addition to the gigs, there’s a frenetic round of interviews and instore appearances to be fitted into the schedule.
First stop is Flirt FM, the UCG college radio station. We pile into Paul’s car and head off into the damp evening. Over ten years in existence, Flirt is well-established in the city and has a nice little set up, tucked away on campus. The problem is that no-one seems to know we’re coming. Presenters Paul and Conor are impressed though by what they’re convinced is a guerrilla promotion campaign based on Paul turning up at radio stations, album in hand and bluffing his way onto the air.
As the first single ‘Older’ fades out, Conor exclaims in (possibly mock) surprise, “Hey, that’s really good”. “Thanks”, replies Paul before quietly adding, “it did get to number six.”