THE WALLS – the story July 2012
The Walls were formed by brothers Steve and Joe Wall in Dublin, after achieving critical and commercial acclaim with their previous band, The Stunning. They released their first album, Hi-Lo in 2000, which went gold in Ireland on the back of good airplay and constant touring. After sending copies of the album to U2, The Walls found themselves supporting them on a now legendary Slane Castle show. The follow-up LP, New Dawn Breaking went Top 5 and was a top-selling release of 2005 in Ireland. Hook-laden with infectious guitar riffs, this record made The Walls a household name in Ireland as the tunes made their way into a number of memorable TV commercials. "Their best work to date" according to The Sunday Times. After sharing stages with Bob Dylan and The Red Hot Chili Peppers amongst others, the band crossed the ocean.
Playing to full houses in New York, LA and Austin Texas at SXSW, The Walls came to the attention of renowned taste maker Nic Harcourt, who personally selected the band to perform live on his legendary KCRW show “Morning Becomes Eclectic”.
Over the following two years the band played throughout Europe. In 2007 Crowded House brought them to Australia as exclusive support on their massive re-union gigs in Sydney and Melbourne, after which the band returned home for a much-needed break and retreated into to the confines of their home studio to write.
The band built their own recording studio in Dublin and in 2008 they retreated into the darkness to work on album number three. Steve and Joe took a break from recording to perform a set of new songs at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin Texas in March 2010.
Stop the Lights, The Walls third album, was released on March 9th 2012. Part-funded by the band’s fans, people involved in the making of it include Dubliner Rob Kirwan, who recorded PJ Harvey’s recent Mercury Award-winning album “Let England Shake”. For the artwork a five-meter high installation was designed and constructed by ‘Conor & David’, one of Ireland’s best graphic design partnerships. It’s a tribute to family, friends and band members and influential characters past & present. The reviews have been terrific and all singles to date have been playlisted on radio stations north and south of the border.
"The third offering from The Walls is a finely-wrought assortment of slick sonic treats.......on ‘Stop the Lights’ they push the boundaries of their craft: this is their most adventurous work to date…..Delightful". Hot Press Magazine 8/3/2012
"An ambitious record with countless layers and textures, so lovingly created (the artwork is beautiful), that truly reaffirms the belief that great long plays are still being written and produced…sublime." Louder than War 10/5/2012
"….a songwriting formula that is certainly concrete-solid…" - The Irish Times, March 2012
There have also been some extra-curricular activities going on in The Walls camp. Steve has been cast in “Moone Boy”, a new series for Sky TV (due out summer 2012) created by & starring Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, IT Crowd) and featuring Steve Coogan and Johnny Vegas.
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