Together since 2014, Cody, Graham, Jay and Joe make up Irish indie-pop outfit Fallen Lights who were kind enough to join me in studio ahead of their gig in Buskers, full interview is available here. On a side-note, I did ask where the name came from, hoping they would say an indie band name generator on Facebook but instead I got a garbled story about an altercation with a light after a gig. Mmmhmm.. drink taken I’d say!
Hailing from Mullingar and Waterford, the lads count Gavin James and Hudson Taylor among their fans and maintain that everyone in the music industry in Ireland is up for pints and fairly sound. They should know, having supported everyone from Paddy Casey to Ham Sandwich to The Academic and most recently the Blizzards on their comback tour in the Olympia Theatre in Dublin. Comparisons with the likes of Picture This and Walking on Cars are inevitable but Graham maintains Fallen Lights have a more ballsy, in-your-face sound. “it’s like indie-pop with a punch, electric-indie-pop-rock”.
2017 has been a busy one thus far. The new single Pricetag is out now and available for download on itunes. There is also a 5 single EP in the pipeline for later in the year and the lads have just announced details of a headline show in Whelans in Dublin, tickets here. And, as recently as last night have thrown their hat in the ring for Eurovision 2018.
As if that wasn’t enough, they’ve embarked on a 32-county 32-day Mind your Mind tour, with one gig per county per day, in aid of mental health charity Inspire. Inspire are a 32-county mental health service providing a range of supports in the areas of disability and mental health; day support, supported housing, floating support and advocacy services as well as training programmes in third-level colleges and universities across the island of Ireland. This idea of a 32-county service is the main reason behind the epic roadtrip the boyos now find themselves in the middle of.
It’s no secret that mental health is a huge issue in Ireland, especially among young men who, according to the National Suicide Research Foundation are 5 times more likely than their female counterparts to die by suicide. It’s this demographic that Fallen Lights are hoping to tap into and help to break the stigma of mental health. As Graham said, if they can reach out to 1 person at each gig, that’s 32 lives saved over the course of 32 days. Not all superheroes wear capes.
In terms of minding their own mental health, the lads admitted that they are all in a fortunate position of working with their best friends and that others might not be so lukcy. In the close confines of the tour bus it’s hard to keep secrets and if someone is having a bad day, they all step in to lift the mood again. “since we’re practically living in a van for most of the year, we’re kind of forced to talk about our feelings and we act as our own mental health guidance.”
Looking ahead to the future, Fallen Lights have just announced details of a headline gig in Dublin but they won’t be stopping there and are delighted to be featuring in this year’s Electric Picnic line-up. No strangers to the festival circuit, the lads are really looking forward to returning to the stage in Stradbally. “electric is such a great place for everybody to get togehrt. We got a good crowd, not just friends and family people hearing the music from afar and and just walking towards us. We got a good reaction on social media then, we were buzzing so we’re just mad to get back there”
For anyone affected by issues raised, the Samaritans are available 24/7 at 116 123 free of charge.
Check out the full interview here with full tracklisting below. Special thanks to Station Manager Paula Healy who produced.
- James Vincent McMorrow – True Care
- Ailbhe Reilly – Loose
- Fallen Lights – Price Tag
- Fallen Lights – You and I (live)
- Loah – This Heart
- Rory Gallagher – Bad Penny
- Peter Doherty – Last of the English Roses
- The National – The Last Time
- Alt-J – Left Hand Free
- Bloc Party – Flux