Thomastown, County Kilkenny
A few years ago, a prodigal daughter of a town, known more affectionately as the happy valley in Kilkenny, returned to take over a local bar and invite musicians and bands from far and near to make some noise and have the banter. And holy sh*t was there banter had and music heard! Republic of Loose, Hybrasil, Delorentos, The Things, Humanzi, Kopek, Cathy Davey, Damien Dempsey, Declan O Rourke, Lisa Hannigan, John Martyn, The Flaws, Kimono, Gavin Glass, and so many more, mostly brilliant acts graced the stages between the bars, the venues and the marques in the beer gardens following the launch by Snow Patrol at the end of their Final Straw tour in the back of Murphys beer garden in the summer of 2005! ...what more could a local promising band wish for??? Dali, described by Hotpress as a 'folkier, tighter sonic youth', weren't long forming and performing with which ever circus came through town, always on the look out for room on the band wagon ...Many friends were made!
Formed early in 2006 Dali have had two releases to date. The first venture was a four track EP titled '27', recorded and unofficially released in May 2007. Though unofficially released, the EP afforded the band the opportunity to set up shop, ship out and get heard!! Many shows were played over the following summer months ending on a high with Dali being awarded a slot at HWCH in September 2007!! ...No time was wasted as Dali swiftly returned to the studio with original collaborator Leo Pearson to record what would become their first single - 'Think Before You Think'... The track was released in January 2008 and received heavy rotation on Beat FM in the south east and Dublin with the band definetly celebrating the No.1 Irish band played on Phantom FM in July 08... The track also featured on TV3 show Championship Throw-in as the closing music for the all Ireland football semifinal between Kerry and Cork.
So what have Dali been upto since then?? ...writing an album of course!! ...there is however plans for more releases starting with new single 'LET YOUR HEAD GO'!! which can for now ONLY BE HEARD, HERE ON BREAKINGTUNES.COM. Its not even on our myspace yet!! ...The single will be launched proper at Whelans, Dublin on 07th October.... ..a warm up to the main event perhaps?? ...we hope so!!
"...at concerts like this it is natural to expect an increasingly high standard as the evening progresses. The more established bands, further up the bill, tend to have a little more confidence and experience than their predecessors. But for every rule there is an exception. Tonight, the lower ranked artists are the ones who shine. Opening act Dali are breezy and accomplished, often resembling a folkier tighter Sonic Youth. The groups slim catalogue of songs is consistently melodic, and their female lead singer possesses a voice of remarkable sweetness."
News Of The World:
'Following the release of their first EP last year, the band have put out their debut single 'Think Before You Think' and things all of a sudden are starting to happen for them. Last week they played an impressive gig at Whelans in Dublin to launch the single. Deirdre is a charismatic singer who delivers a fantastic vocal performance on the single. Her passionate vocals remind me a little of a young Chrissie Hynde. The band have a very radio friendly sound and last week the single was the most played Irish record on Phantom 105.2. However, they manage to carry it off without being predictable...'
'Four piece Indie/rock band 'Dali' lead by singer 'Deirdre Doyle' are having a busy 2008! With her gutsy 'Chrissie Hinde' voice she has an intoxicating style. With a sweet but very confident and crisp tone, she has it all!...'