Playing Wed 29th June | Live @ The Islington Academy, London
The dubiously named, HamsandwicH, but brilliant sounding (first independent band to get a #1 album on the Irish album chart in 20 years), we’ve just got this video in for their new single ‘Illuminate’.
2015 was a pivotal year for HamsandwicH, the Dublin-based band from Kells. Their 3rd album ‘Stories From The Surface’ was released in their native Ireland and it debuted straight in at the number 1 spot in the official Album chart.
Fast forward to January 2016 and ‘Stories From The Surface’ was shortlisted for the Choice Music Prize Album of the Year Award (Ireland’s answer to the UK’s Mercury Prize).
And now, on May 26th 2016, ‘Stories From The Surface’ will finally be released in the UK for the first time. A deluxe edition of the album, it will feature acoustic versions of HamsandwicH tracks recorded at Dublin’s Christchurch Cathedral in December 2015.
The follow-up to their 2010 record ‘White Fox’, which featured in Irish Times’ writer Tony Clayton-Lea’s acclaimed book ‘101 Irish Records You Must Hear Before You Die’, the album sees HamsandwicH demonstrate complete mastery of the indie-pop genre. Melodic, hook-laden, and heart-warmingly charming, the bands signature dual vocals – Niamh Farrell's powerful yet sweet vocal and Podge McNamee's juxtaposing baritone – carry you on a journey from brooding opener ‘Hold Me Up’ through to the gloriously poignant closing track ‘All Worthwhile’, via radio anthem ‘Illuminate’ and lead UK single ‘Appollo’.
HamsandwicH are renowned for their incendiary live performances. Having sold out Dublin’s prestigious Olympia Theatre twice, supported Arcade Fire and The Pixies, played on the main stage at the Electric Picnic Festival, performing at the legendary Slane Castle with Bon Jovi, been personally invited by Mumford & Sons to support them in Phoenix Park, and played at the President of Ireland’s Garden Party, live dates in the UK will be announced shortly.
Album: “Stories From The Surface”
Produced / Recorded by Karl Odlum (Gemma Hayes, Fionn Regan, David Kitt, The Swell Season, Ann Scott,
Damien Rice, Kila, The Frames)
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in New York (St.Vincent, The National, War on Drugs, Bruce
Springsteen, Talking Heads, Paul Simon, John Lennon)
Mixed by Danny Kalb in his Cincinnati, Ohio studio (Beck, Ben Harper, Karen O, Rilo Kiley, Neon Neon)
Recorded in Dublin, Ireland – Westland Studios, Windmill Lane Studios, and Bow Lane Studios