Dead Heroes Club
Dead Heroes Club
Each felt a need to break free from this stagnation and write and perform songs that could stir the imagination. Having agreed to get together for a few jams (the prerequisite for membership - a need to break out of tired old rock and pop clichés and experiment with songs and music), the three founder members soon found a likeminded soul in bass player and part-time keyboards player Charlie Coyle. The initial rehearsals involved the band knocking out covers of classic prog-rock songs such as Time by Pink Floyd and Squonk by Genesis. The now new nameless band however, found great difficulty in finding a keyboards player who had the mindset, will or ability to be part of a contemporary prog-rock outfit. It was during these months searching for a keyboards player that the four-piece started jamming and constructing songs and bringing compositional ideas into the rehearsals.
Much of the work appearing on the DEAD HEROES CLUB debut album was written here, with both Charlie Coyle and Liam Campbell filling in on keyboards. Quite quickly the boys realised that they had enough material for an album and decided to set about recording the songs in Frankie Robinsons studio and later in the Soup Kitchen studio in Derry, whilst still trying to track down the elusive keyboard player. The songs despite missing the input of a dedicated keyboards player, because of their experimental nature and prog-rock leanings still paved the way for Dead Heroes Club first steps into the world of prog... Whilst in the process of finishing off the recordings and now determined to release the album, the band came up with their name DEAD HEROES CLUB which seemed to suggest a affection for the heroes of the past and a gathering of likeminded souls intent in forging into the future. The idea for the cover of the debut album came quite quickly after deciding upon the name of the band, with each member choosing some of their personal dead heroes from the past.
The need to include lyrics into the packaging of the album was paramount as the words of the songs play a major role in the music of DEAD HEROES CLUB. Quite out of the blue, whilst the band was busy finalising the album, drummer Mickey Gallagher announces that he may have found the perfect keyboard player for the band. Gifted keyboardist, pianist and classical composer Chris Norby, after having listened to a few of the now recorded songs agrees to join DEAD HEROES CLUB. Although Chris does not appear on the debut album, the subsequent rehearsals elevate the band to status of bona fide prog-rock with Chris adding that missing piece of the live performances.
With the successful release of their debut album, DEAD HEROES CLUB play a series of gigs around Ireland, and continue to write for a second release. During the writing sessions for the second album, however,the band stumble upon what can only be described as 'a series of unfortunate events' not least of which is the decision of bass player Charlie Coyle to withdraw from the band for health reasons. Dead Heroes Club, after an exhaustive search replace Charlie Coyle with bass player Wilson Graham and take time out from the recording sessions (now in progress) to integrate Wilson into the existing material. Finally as the autumn of 2008 draws to a close the band are ready to release their second album A Time of Shadow. The album with a dedicated keyboards player and now quite long in the making is the true mark of the Dead Heroes Club sound.
The album is due for release in the winter. The band intend to tour in 2009 to promote the new album...this promises to be a busy and productive year for the boys. See band pages for more details... http://deadheroesclub.tripod.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/.pond/dhc10.jpg.w560h420.jpg Read more on Last.fm.
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