by / January 11th, 2012 /

2012: Top Story: Faces of 2012: This Club

A case of a band returning in a different guise, with This Club the four Dubliners have hit their stride. Named after the first song they wrote together, their brand of pop is sure to find a home on the radio, and even the odd club, throughout 2012.

Describe yourselves and your music.

We are a fast moving, energetic bunch who like to dance and sing. Think ADHD for grown ups. Playing live is our favourite part of being in a band. We like to describe our music as dance pop speed calypso.

Where does your band name come from?

We used to be called Hoarsebox but we changed that cause no one ever knew how to spell it or say it or eat it or smell it. However, what we did find out is that if you say Hoarsebox five times in the mirror, you’ll see the band naked.

What’s your best song and why?

‘This Club’ by This Club. Its an old song but we recently gave it a facelift and a boob job. It’s gone from being a polished ‘60s style guitar pop tune into a very complex dance marathon. Its cool though because it hasn’t lost its original charm while still being very much a new beast.

Who or what inspires you?

Fela Kuti is a very inspirational character. He and his various bands recorded 72 albums in all, and somehow he still made time to fight against corruption in his home country. Most importantly though, he did it all with a smile and found humour and fun in all things. You see other musicians who end up using their influence in politics or whatever but they end up so far up their own holes that they forget the importance of having a fuckin’ laugh.

Photo: James Goulden