Dublin band Spies’ searing indie-rock has an assured delivery that suggests an abundance of experience. The truth is the five-piece band are still in their early twenties and have sounded like seasoned professionals since their first releases: the Liars Call Me King debut EP in late 2010 and the subsequent 2011 single Barricade.
Both releases received regular radio airplay from Irish stations Phantom FM, 2FM, 98FM and Today FM while the band have recorded sessions for 2FM’s Dan Hegarty, Today FM’s Paul Mcloone and 98 FM’s John Barker. The band have received praise from the Irish Times, Hot Press and State Magazine and have played festivals like Electric Picnic, Forbidden Fruit, Indiependence, Westport Arts Festival and Hard Working Class Heroes.
Their music recalls the resolute indie-rock dynamics of The National filtered through the atmospheric tones of ’80s rock. Sharp post-punk guitars, determined rhythms and Michael Broderick’s far-reaching vocals further create the uncannily experienced sound.
Guitar music has a way of being cyclical. And the timing is right for Spies’ live kinetic rock to reach more discerning ears. On their latest EP, Distant Shorelines, the band showcased a grungier edge on the arrangement which is lifted from murkiness by Broderick’s emotive voice. The first single, November Sun was premiered by Thisisfake DIY who described it as a “gloomy, chant-centric giant, worthy of knocking King Kong from his perch on the Empire State building”. The corresponding video was premiered on Muzu.TV receiving 15,000 views in three days.
The full EP was premiered by the Guardian’s Paul Lester as his new band of the day, stating, ”Their timing is excellent. Their music offers a sense that the world is a place where big, frightening things happen‘’. A full spread in the NME followed and led to Mint and Lime being championed by BBC1’s Zane Lowe, who played it multiple times on his future of new music show.
In December, the band was booked by Parallell lines to play their first London headline show to a packed Sebright Arms. Returning home they went straight to the studio to record their next single “Mooeshead”, engineered by Solar Bears’ Rian Trench, and mixed by Jake Miller (The Cairos, The Preatures) which was released in early June.
Since the band have toured the UK and Ireland with their new 7” record, played a stormer at Electric Picnic’s Little Big Tent and Other Voices stage and released a bewitching video for the A side 'Moosehead' directed by Bob Gallagher. The coming months will see Spies performing at Hard Working Class Heroes on Saturday 4th October, supporting fellow musicians ‘Girl Band’ and ‘All Tvvins’ on a few irish regional dates and working behind the scenes on a debut record.