Debut album “The First Kiss of Love”
Released 29th July 2016 on Live Transmission Records
Irish band Cronin have had a few eventful months while finishing off their debut album from Pete Doherty giving them shout outs in arena’s to Noel Gallagher hiding behind their CD cover to escape the London paparazzi to Niall Horan turning up to their gigs.
The album has been a labour of love over 3 years for the band based around Leeds/Irish brother Johnny and Mick Cronin along with Brian Murphy and Fiachra Milner. Recorded in their own Transmission Rooms studio with long term collaborators Ger McDonnell (U2, Manics, Dexys), Karl Odlum(The Frames, Fionn Regan) and string arranger Terry Edwards (PJ Harvey,Tindersticks).
Never a band to pass up an opportunity there are quite a few names from the Irish industry on the album from fiddling Waterboy Steve Wickham, JJ72’s Mark Greaney, vibemaster BP Fallon reading John Donne, Mod Godfather Irish Jack Lyons reflecting on past love and Pogue Shane MacGowan giving one of his trademark screams amongst others.
“It is quite a retro album and we hold our hands up to that. The influence of our hero’s is all over it for everyone to hear. we sort of had to get these fantasies out of our system before we can move on as songwriters.’ Mick Cronin reflects.
Cronin are launching the album with a special Midlands show in The Stables, Mullingar on Sun 31st July. Special guest on the night is legendary Mod guitarist Steve Cradock (Paul Weller, OCS, The Specials) who will be DJing till the early hours.
A Dublin launch is scheduled for mid September with date TBC.
Some nice things people have said about Cronin.
“Like The Shadow Puppet’s older brothers” Yorkshire Evening Post
“Touches of A House, Neil Diamond, Nick Cave, Richard Ashcroft.” Steve Lamacq BBC Radio 6
Epic stuff, great singing, spine tingling magic from Cronin” Steve Wickham, The Waterboys
Cronin manage to consistently produce quality songs produced to the highest standard that reflects their love of not just music but the history of music. Top class band!”
Pete Holidai, The Radiators from Outer Space/Trouble Pilgrims
“Pure Celtic Soul.” Shane MacGowan, The Pogues
“Cooler than a refrigerated polar bear.”Hot Press Magazine