‘Croupier’ are ready to rock and roll you

Bray People - - LIFESTYLE - LEON BYRNE

THE LAT­EST in­die rock band mak­ing a name for them­selves in the Ir­ish mu­sic scene are Croupier. Hail­ing from Kil­coole, this five-piece con­sists of Oisin Murphy on vo­cals and gui­tar, Harry Bur­ton on key­bords, Rob Reid on bass, Char­lie Mooney on gui­tar and Niall O'Kelly on drums.

The lads re­leased their self­ti­tled de­but al­bum through Eleven Eleven records back on 24th Au­gust last year. This fol­lows their de­but EP “We, the Sys­tem” back in 2010.

The al­bum re­lease gig was held in the mighty Whe­lan's on Dublin's Wex­ford Street and since then things have just gone from strength to strength.

Croupier's post-rock sound mixes Oisin's dis­tinct vo­cals over a in­cred­i­bly melodic gui­tar sound with the Niall and Rob's rhythm sec­tion keep­ing things grounded.

The al­bum was recorded in Hive Stu­dios by Eoin Whit­field and James Ea­ger.

Eoin's own band En­e­mies are also do­ing well for them­selves and are due to re­lease the fol­low up their own 2010 de­but al­bum “We've Been Talk­ing” later this year.

The band have re­cently fea­tured on the pop­u­lar on­line mu­sic mag­a­zine State.ie as one of their “Faces of 2013”. Croupier fea­ture along­side bands such as Lit­tle Green Cars who's de­but sin­gle “The John Wayne” re­ceive­ing plenty of ra­dio air­play through­out the coun­try and also the mighty Vil­lagers who've just re­leased their sec­ond al­bum “Awayland” to mas­sive crit­i­cal ac­claim, even hit­ting the No 1 spot in Ire­land.

Croupier are tak­ing things on the road soon with a Euro­pean Tour with the af­fore­men­tioned En­e­mies in Fe­bru­ary and March. Be­fore that they are ru­moured to be mak­ing a video for their new sin­gle ‘ The Crooper’. Croupier's al­bum is avail­able to lis­ten to on­line through their band­camp page.

On that you'll also find a stream of their in­stru­men­tal Christ­mas song “Carol of the Bells”.

Croupier, from left: Harry Bur­ton, Rob Reid, Char­lie Mooney, Niall O’Kelly and Oisin Murphy.

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