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Meet… LaFARO

June 21, 2010 by  

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Meet… LaFARO

We’ve been interested in LaFaro since our interview with Mark Hamilton from Ash when he mentioned these guys as his current favourites. So we found out a little more about them…

Northern Irelands finest LaFARO have announced the release date for their single ‘The Ballad Of Burn’t Dave’ as June 28th 2010 through Smalltown America Records, this will be the follow up to the hugely successful ‘Tupenny Nudger’ and is the second single release from their self titled debut Album which was released on May 10th 2010, the album received rave reviews throughout the country and has cemented the band as one of the finest rock acts of 2010.

From the first show in 2004, it was clear that this band were not going to compromise. They played louder, harder and more viscerally than any of their contemporaries in the bourgeoning Irish music scene, but not at the expense of intelligent musicianship and wry humour. It’s the Irish way.

Drawing on a wide range of influences, LaFaro have a raucous and relentless sound that at times has been likened to Sonic Youth, Mclusky and The Jesus Lizard.

They wasted no time in recording a load of tunes, making them available cheaply for what was quickly becoming a truly loyal fanbase, and getting out on several extensive tours of the U.K. and Ireland, playing in every shithole, basement, pub and attic.

The tours got bigger, longer and more wide-spread, culminating in an American tour last year and a slot at the prestigious SXSW festival in Texas. LaFaro have racked up a lot of gigs, met some good people and shared a stage with a range of very diverse artists from the entire spectrum of the music industry. Here is a few;

Mike Watt, Future of the Left, Peaches, Blood Red Shoes, the White Stripes, Don Caballero, The Pogues, New York Dolls, Fight like Apes, Lovvers, Fighting with Wire, Ann Arbor, Murder of Rosa Luxembourg, Part Chimp, Minus the Bear, Public Relations Exercise, The Liars, Graham Coxon, Ash, and Optimo.

2007 saw the recording of their first eponymous ep, released through Field records. The Irish press immediately jumped on it, lavishing rave reviews upon it, to coincide with the already brilliant live reviews. BBC radio played it non-stop on their regional broadcasts, naming the opening track Tupenny Nudger as the single of the year TWO YEARS RUNNING! And when Alternative Ulster magazine did a poll of the Top 50 Northern Irish tracks of the last five years in 2008, it was publicly voted as No.1 against some very established opposition.

In 2009 LaFaro hit the road with Fighting With Wire, playing shows around Ireland and the UK before hooking up with And So I Watch You From Afar for a further string of UK dates. As soon as the band finished these tours they played an exclusive BBC show in Belfast’s prestigious Ulster Hall before entering the studio to record their debut album, hammering out the record mostly live in just 5 days. Once that was in the can our intrepid rockers set about getting shows and tours booked for the rest of 2009 culminating in the bands biggest Belfast headline show to date in November and the release of a newly recorded limited single in December.

You can purchase ‘The Ballad Of Burnt Dave’ from the Itunes store from June 28th 2010 and comes with exclusive track and T-Shirt., the self titled debut album is available now.



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