Dublin, County Dublin
V98 are a four piece alternative indie act hailing from Dublin and Edinburgh, delivering a raucous mix of high octane vocals, blistering guitars, snarling bass and thundering drums.
Musically, the band began as a fluid entity, experimenting with a more straight laced indie sound that brought with it a number of high profile gigs in the Button Factory, the Sound House, Workman's, and most recently, a sold out show in Whelan's. However, through trial and error they soon gravitated towards a grittier punk aesthetic that began to resonate more clearly with both the band and their audience.
PRESSGANG, the debut EP from the band, features the singles "Conversation Killer" and "Gracious". Recorded by Dan Doherty of Darklands Audio (Fontaines D.C., Sun Mahshene, Vulpynes) the four songs on the EP reflect a disillusionment with society's work/life balance and a thinly disguised contempt for self-obsessed, narcissistic personality types.
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"What a belting track ‘Conversation Killer’ is. It has peaks and troughs, and is an absolute revelation from a band I hadn’t heard of till now." - Ioan Humphreys, Joyzine
"‘Conversation Killer’ exhibits a band with the ability to make raucous tracks infused with blistering punk rhythms" - Mark Miller, XSNOIZE
"Sweary, lairy and very hairy. And a drop dead chorus that’ll never bore us" - Kelly Munro, The Zine UK
"'Dublin', the supremely catchy new tune from Dublin indie crew V98, should be a major playlist favourite this year." - Ellie MacLean, Hotpress
"With a punchy guitar-driven sound not heard since indie's heyday in the 00s, V98's raw recorded material is bolstered by their tight live performances." - Eric Davidson, District Magazine
"Wildly charismatic front-man Darragh Geoghegan, songs and melodies dangling out of every pocket" - Derek Foley, Buzz.ie