Wednesday, 6th June 2012
Friday June 15th is going to be one of the gigs of the year for Waterford city, They say good things come to those who wait…it's only taken two years, €40,000, one Orchestra, four studios, a clatter of musicians and a deranged individual on a didgeridoo, but now, like a fine pint of ale, this double disc beast is ready to be enjoyed. The second album 'Keep On, Keepin' On', from The Riptide Movement was released on Friday April 20th. Are you ready?
In the year 2007, two local Dublin bands joined forces and The Riptide Movement was formed. Guitars, bass, drums and harmonicas were mixed with some deep rusty vocals and this fast roots, folk-rock ensemble were good to go. They spent their first two years gigging together across Ireland and the UK and through plenty of hard practice they created a finely tuned, rugged sound and a kick-ass live performance. Their hard work also set them on a path to meeting their producer, the legendary Tony Colton (The Doors, Rory Gallagher and Ray Charles).
Their 2009 debut album, 'What About The Tip Jars?' clocked up 15,000 in album sales through sheer grit, determination and hard work, without a record label, publishing company, manager or agent in sight.
Besides their obvious playing and writing talents, it is the band's work ethic that is their greatest asset. They've toured Germany, Russia, France, the UK and the length and breadth of Ireland playing killer gigs, destroying innocent civilians in mosh-pits of the international festival circuit and shared stages with Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Bon Jovi, Thin Lizzy, Ocean Colour Scene, Doves, White Lies and many more.
Their new album 'Keep On, Keepin' On', is the follow up to their hugely successful debut album. It is a solid reflection of what these Dublin swamp rockers have to offer. From the superb rock track 'Hot Tramp', to the gentle, powerful lead single 'Thieves In The Gallery', the new album is an accomplished collection of prog-folk, power pop and dirty fat rock tunes which literally scream to get out of your speakers. With Mal Tuohy on lead vocals (reminiscent of a young Lemmy), Ger McGarry on bass and harmonica, J.P.R. Dalton on lead guitar and Gar Byrne on drums, this well oiled machine is rounded off by top-notch vocal arrangements from all four band members throughout the record.
The Riptide Movement are an independent band in the complete sense of the word – they are self-managed, self-produced, self-distributed, self-published and are their own booking agent.
To celebrate the release of 'Keep On, Keepin' On', they will be undertaking an extensive national tour and will be in Waterford on Friday June 15th at Shortt's.
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