Tuesday 10 April 2012

Agitate The Gravel : “Wilderness Years” – Debut E.P.

"Wilderness Years" Single Artwork

“Agitate The Gravel” are an unsigned Irish rock quatro based in Cork, Ireland.

They are:
Chris Somers (vocals/guitar)
Ruairi Dale (guitar/vocals)
Muireann Levis (bass/vocals)
Cormac Connolly (drums)

Agitate The Gravel’s sound is truly unique. I would love to tell you which bands you could compare them to – but the fact is, it is quite difficult for me to do so!!

The band formed in early 2010. They spent a year creating their live set before proceeding to take over the city. They have an energetic stage presence and their level of professionalism on stage is absolutely gob-smacking for an unsigned band. They have supported bands such as Tera Melos (US) and the James Cleaver Quintet (UK) to date. Six months after the band have started gigging, Agitate The Gravel have played over 40 dates around Ireland – and they are still as busy as ever!

The band are also celebrated amongst the student scene for their last release entitled "Christmas no.1". I recommend that you listen to this track. It would give “The Darkness” a run for their money on the Christmas song they released some years back!

Agitate the Gravel’s self produced debut single., “Wilderness Years” was released in physical and online form on 10 August 2011.
You can listen to and purchase the band’s 3 track single from the band’s BandCamp page in its entirety. (€3/E.P. €1/ Track to buy). This allows you to rock along to this awesome offering by staying safe in the knowledge that you’re not stealing their music. What more could you ask for?
(Click on the photograph above to purchase their new album).
From the moment I started to listen to this three track E.P, I was addicted.
All of these songs are written and produced by the band. I think their music just proves how badly original Irish bands are needed in this industry. This is the appropriate cue for me to plead “SUPPORT (for) LOCAL BANDS!!”
Agitate The Gravel have a very “tight” and “festival like” band sound. This is another reason why you should purchase their debut offering.
There is a large contrast between both songs on this single. From the mellow title track “Wilderness Years ” to the head-banging track “Don’t Know”, a song exists for every type of rock music lover on this E.P.

Very hard to pick one of the two but I’d say it would have to be their b-side entitled “Don’t Know”. It reminds me of the American alternative rock band “Weezer”.
This studio version just proves how energetic Agitate The Gravel are as a band.
From the rich guitar chords to the soaring vocals of the frontman to the blistering lead guitar riff that decorates the song……I think it is the perfect set-opener and a real crowd pleaser!
Stay up to date by “Liking” Agitate The Gravel on Facebook and “Following” them on their Twitter and SoundCloud pages.

“Wilderness Years” is available now to download from Here.

The band are touring to launch their forthcoming single “Wait”:
Saturday 14th April, Crowley’s Music Centre, Cork City.
Saturday 21st April, Pine Lodge, Myrtleville, Cork.
Friday 27th April, The Blind Pig, Limerick.