Dublin, County Dublin
‘10 STORIES TALL’ August 4th (Ireland & UK)
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“When I heard Preachers Son I thought they were something special. I put them in the studio with my friend Warren Huart. I thought it would be a good pairing. It turned out to be a great one. I am happy to have played some small part in the creation of this wonderful music.” Legendary producer Jack Douglas
Three years of passion, blood, sweat, laughter & occasional moments of dark despair and 10 Stories Tall is ready for launch. What a ride! Ireland & New York with Marc Urselli (Lou Reed, Mike Patton, John Zorn), Canada with Nashville songwriter Dean McTaggart finishing in Los Angeles with Warren Huart (Aerosmith, The Fray) recommended by Jack Douglas.
Two songs “Come On” and “Jericho” previously released in Ireland are playing a blinder in the UK. Playlisted on Planet Rock, they have also been racking up airplay BBC Radio 2, Team Rock Radio, Real Radio XS amongst others. Last month Jericho was featured as one of Classic Rock Magazine's “Track of the Week” and this month's edition includes a feature on the Preachers Son's Brian Hogan– http://goo.gl/pOa4jM.
“Come On” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwJXr0PiPjQ
“Jericho” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnmxYL7I5sI
PREACHERS SON is fronted by Kíla bass player Brian Hogan, the real life son of a preacher man. During Brian’s childhood his father Larry Hogan spent his life singing and preaching the message of the Gospel, and wouldn't let Brian listen to AC/DC. Instead, Brian started listening to Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Bowie, Neil Young and grew his hair long. (Larry Hogan's album “Simple Song of Love” produced by Bill Whelan made number 1 in 1974). Brian was handed a bass at the age of 12, got drafted into his dad's Christian band and spent summers touring Europe. The seed was sown and a minstrel's life it was to be, intertwined with sojourns of animation and illustration for, amongst others, Disney and Murrakami Wolff (credits include the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Duck Tails and Tailspin).
After a decade of playing bass in the folk/trad world, Brian took the bull by the horns and launched his solo project Preachers Son, a heady brew of grit-glam, blues tinged, swamp-rock inspired by his childhood heroes. Since then Brian has collaborated with a wonderful array of musical guests, but 2014 now sees Brian joined by drummer Geoff French (The Brilliant Things) and guitarist Mark Walsh (The Cold 100).
The new album ’10 STORIES TALL’, which was finished in Los Angeles produced by Warren Huart (Aerosmith, The Fray), with previous production from Marc Urselli (Lou Reed, Mile Patton, John Zorn), captures the band’s visceral, raw blues-rock, particularly on songs such as ‘Jericho’ (tackling the themes of power abuse, culpability and retribution), ‘Come On’ (an honest tale of lust), ‘Angel’, ‘Johnny’s Alright’, ‘Lead’ and ‘Not The Only One’. But amongst its gritty core, there also lie more tender, nuanced moments, such as ‘Unbroken’ – a lovely, country-tinged lament; ‘Hands A Bleedin’’ – a spoken melody soundtracked by circular picked chords and harmonies; and the two most personal songs on the album: ‘Sophie’s Song’ – a beautiful song Brian wrote for his young daughter – and ‘Woman’ – a song offering love and support to his wife.
2014 UPCOMING LIVE SHOWS
26th September – Twisted Pepper, Dublin
15th November W/ The Quireboys - The Tivoli, Buckley
16th November W/ The Quireboys - Academy3, Manchester
20th November W/ The Quireboys - The Garage, Glasgow
21st November W/ The Quireboys - The Limelight, Belfast
23rd November W/ The Quireboys - The Riverside, Newcastle
26th November W/ The Quireboys - O2 Academy Islington, London
28th November W/ The Quireboys - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
29th November W/ The Quireboys - The Corporation, Sheffield
30th November W/ The Quireboys - Thekla, Bristol
7th December Planet Rock's Planet Rockstock Festival, Port Cawl, Wales
Brian has many notable musical highlights of his career, including playing Glastonbury, Reading, Cambridge Folk Festival, the Electric Picnic (Ireland), Womad Festivals worldwide and the Montreaux Jazz Festival. In 2008 Brian with Kila, highly regarded as Ireland’s most innovative contemporary folk and new world artists, shared a number-one-hit alongside U2 and The Dubliners (The Ballad Of Ronnie Drew) and in 2010 an Oscar nomination for animated feature ‘The Secret of Kells’. To date Brian has enjoyed playing with many talented artists including George Hamilton IV, Bono, U2, Ronnie Wood, Sinéad O Connor, Gavin Friday, The Dubliners, Paul Brady, Donal Lunny, Liam O Maonlaoí and Glenn Hansard.