The Optimists are Dublin’s newest alt-pop band. Despite forming just under two years ago the band has already made a significant fanbase in the capital region as well as Galway, Sligo and further afield. The band is made up of six members; Tom and Axel on rotating lead and rhythm guitar roles, Ronan on bass, Cheese on drums, Heather on vocals and Raaychull on vocals and synth.
The six piece came together in January 2015 and have already added an impressive array of notches to their collective belt. They’ve rattled the ground of Dublin’s premiere music venues and even gotten a little continental. The Button Factory, The Workman’s Club and Whelan’s have all been left shaking in the wake of their natural gift for performance and the enchanting hooks of their music. You can thank their BiffyClyro, Jack Garrett and Foals influences for that. The band were even picked as SPIN1038’s PlanB- “OnestoWatch” in January 2016.
Last Summer the band embarked on a tour of France with jewel in that crown being their high billing set at the Montjoux Festival drawing in a crowd of over 5000. Couple that to their sets at Rock a la Base and Jeudis de Sciez and you’ve got a humdinger of a following forming on the continent. After six weeks on the road, The Optimists returned to our shores to play two sets at Electric Picnic. The calm, chilled atmosphere of The Circle Sessions welcomed their acoustic on the Saturday before they set about rattling the Oxjam tent to it’s very pegs on Sunday afternoon.
The Optimists have been keeping very busy since the end of their summer. Playing a number of venues in Dublin such as; Whelan’s Mainstage, The Workmans’ Club, and representing State.ie upstairs during Whelan’s Ones to Watch. With hype building around their highly anticipated single; “NotHer”, they have recently appeared on Soundfeed.com and SPIN1038’s PlanB.
With the release date coming ever closer, curiosity is growing around this mad bunch, their new sound and their new single. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for The Optimists and their ever-expanding family