Raglans release their new single White Lightning on 26 October to coincide with their special guest appearance with The Fray across Europe this autumn before heading to America for CMJ and a handful of shows. Taken from their debut album ‘Raglans’ (9/10 Hot Press), which debuted at No. 5 in the Irish Album Charts, the song was produced by Jay Reynolds with video by the genius film maker Finn Keenan.
Lead singer Stephen Kelly explains, ‘It’s about being away from someone and thinking a lot about it, how and where it began which is usually always the best part. It’s kind of a no nonsense pop song but we feel we’ve given it enough energy that it comes across as genuine.’
Since forming in 2010, Raglans have undergone a huge rise in popularity which has taken them from gig-opening favourite in Dublin to garnering widespread recognition across the UK, as special guests to international acts such as The Courteeners, Haim and The Libertines in a sold out Hyde Park. This summer alone they have performed at Electric Picnic, Sea Sessions, Latitude, Indiependence, Redfest, Deershed and Camden Rocks to name but a few.
“Raglans will be the Life of your Party. Fist Pumping Choruses, Sweat Drenched guitars solos and anthemic moments that beg for a singalong.” – MTV USA
“Self-Assured debut from the indie folksters who certainly know their way around a pop hook. Could score a hit with any of its 11 tracks.” – 4/5 The Star “The Future of Indie Rock is here meet Raglans” – Indirocks Mexico
“We can’t get this song out of our heads” (Digging Holes) – The Guardian
“Raglans is one of the strongest most self-assured debuts I’ve heard in years.” – 9/10 Hot Press
“Raglans are going to be huge and we mean HUGE!!” – Propaganda
“One listen to Raglans’ debut album and you’ll understand why their reputation for live performances precedes them.
They’ve come up trumps on the euphoric sing along choruses…there’s no reason why Raglans shouldn’t make it big.” – Irish Times
“Digging Holes is a great tune.” – Dermot O’ Leary
“Immensely powerful band.”- Keith Allen
“Play this (Digging Holes) and you’ll be singing it all day.” – Chris Moyles
“Mastering that fine line between pop and indie, Irish quartet Raglans have it nailed.” – www.gigwise.com
“One of Ireland’s finest bands.” – www.goldenplec.com
“Outstanding Debut Album – 4/5” www.fortitudemagazine.com
Record Of The Week
Make sure you catch the band live this autumn:
SEP 20 – SOUTH SEA FEST, PORTSMOUTH, UK
SEP 23 – OLYMPIA THEATRE, DUBLIN, IE (w/ The Fray)
SEP 24 – O2 ABC, GLASGOW, UK (w/ The Fray)
SEP 26 – ACADEMY, MANCHESTER, UK (w/ The Fray)
SEP 27 – ACADEMY, BIRMINGHAM, UK (w/ The Fray)
SEP 28 – O2 SBE, LONDON, UK (w/ The Fray)
OCT 2 – VAN TROJE, NETHERLANDS, NL (w/ The Fray)
OCT 3 – TRIX, ANTWERP, BE (w/ The Fray)
OCT 4 – E-WERK, COLOGNE, DE (w/ The Fray)
OCT 6 – E-WERK, HAMBURG, DE (w/ The Fray)
OCT 7 – HUXLEYS, BERLIN, DE (w/ The Fray)
OCT 8 – BATSCHKAPP, FRANKFURT, DE (w/ The Fray)
OCT 10 – PARADISO, AMSTERDAM, NL (w/ The Fray)
OCT 11 – DENATELIER, LUXEMBOURG, LU (w/ The Fray)
OCT 12 – KESSELHAUS, MUNICH, DE (w/ The Fray)
OCT 13 – KOMPLEX, ZURICH, CH (w/ The Fray)
‘Natives’ from the album has just been including in the soundtrack to the new film ‘Gold’.
Raglans are Stephen Kelly, Rhos Horan, Conn O’ Ruanaidh and Sean O’Brien.