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 raglans-album-coverReleased: March 2014

This scrappy Dublin quartet are slowly but surely putting themselves on the radar. Raglans recently toured the UK supporting The Strypes, they’ve achieved some mainstream radio airplay and next month they’re embarking on a headline tour in the UK. Their debut album is set for release today and it’s jam-packed with feel-good tracks that will ensure you don’t forget them in a hurry. Raglans are launching their eponymous album in style with a headline show in Dublin and are also promoting it with a few acoustic performances in HMV stores around Ireland.

Digging Holes kicks the album off superbly, showcasing the band’s talent and likeability. This is exactly how we want to be lured into an album: with plenty of hooks and a bouncy, summery vibe. Thankfully, the fun doesn’t stop there; the guys flaunt their ability to captivate in (Lady) Roll Back the Years and Before Tonight, head-bopping and foot-tapping anthems that will instantly lift your mood and have you daydreaming of summer.

There are some slower tracks fused in to balance out the giddiness of the others. Fake Blood is an ambling affair, and Stephen Kelly’s rasping vocals make it more gritty-sounding than some of the clean, polished indie numbers. Not Now is similarly moderately paced, complete with soaring riffs and a cracking infectious chorus, which demonstrates that they can pull off more than just the occasional upbeat indie song. Born in Storms rounds everything up perfectly, featuring more husky vocals, echoing harmonies and that undeniable contagiousness associated with indie music.

Raglans is out now.

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