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Rock // Belfast, Down

PiNKSLiPS are a hard rock band based in Belfast.

Formed amidst the musical drought of the pandemic, songwriter Gerry Norman began working with guitarist David McGaughey on a collection of rock songs in the bowels of Vault Artist Studios. Those songs took on a life of their own with the addition of the ‘Deadly Rhythm’ of Shane Watters on drums and Carl Gilmore on bass early 2021. With a focus on high energy, riff based guitars, rhythmic groove and anthemic choruses, the band’s shared love of live music, heavy rock, and energetic performance soon set about shaping their own rock sound.

After a year of mishap, incident & personal setbacks PiNKSLiPS finally came out from the shadows in August 2022, making their live debut at Vault Artists Summer Festival.
In January 2023 they brought their music to the world on BBC Radio Ulster, with a live session on The Eve Blair Show, and followed this up with a headline show at the Look North! Festival, and an Old Crows gig at the famed Oh Yeah Music Centre.
They capped off the summer in style with a blistering performance at the wonderful Stendhal Festival, and set about recording what would become their first two singles at The Badlands Studios with Allan McGreevy (New Pagans/Teddy Charles Jnr/Rupture Dogs).

PiNKSLiPS’ first single ‘Young Blood’ came into the world on 1st December – “a blistering alt rock track brimming with heart and soul” according to BBC Across The Line, where it was placed as one of their Top 3 World Exclusives of the Year.

The track was received with great acclaim, garnering praise in multiple radio, podcast and magazine features - including being named as one of the “Top 20 Songs of the Year” in The Daily Mirror, a wonderful feature in Hot Press (including a spot in their New Irish Songs Playlist), being highlighted as “Ones To Watch 2024” in the Belfast Telegraph, and recently having ‘Young Blood’ named Single Of The Week on Phil Taggart's Sirius XMs show on the U2XM North America Channel.

The band are set to release second single ‘Ambidextrous’ on 16th February – coinciding with the first date of a five night Irish Tour, taking in Sligo, Strabane, Dublin & Galway, and finishing with a homecoming headline show at McHugh’s in Belfast on 24th Feb

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