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Music | Interview: Brand New Zeros’ Ronan MacManus

Brand New Zeros

Inbound for a number of show this weekend are Brand New Zeros, a band fronted by London-based musician Ronan MacManus. The blues rock outfit are ready to bring their debut album to the stage, an album that was recorded with the help of the Cronin brothers in Drumlish, Co. Longford.

“The tour would have happened back in July” says Ronan, but due to a mishap with one band member losing a finger in a barber shop incident shortly after a brief tour with Elvis Costello, everything was put on hold.

On the eve of the tour, there is a warming sentiment by the South Harrow musician; “Ireland is great for being open to new music. It’s harder to do here in the UK.”

“When you play venues like Whelans’, you really think it is sink or swim for you in places with a history like that”.

One of the shows originally due to take place in Abner Browns’ Barber Shop has unfortunately been postponed due to other commitments, but the band are itching to get back and make it happen, with some other shows in the works for those hoping to get a glimpse south of the country in Leinster and Munster.

The album itself has that an Irish sound about it, described by Ronan as “A rock band with an Irish edge”, it does open up a lot in terms of textual content and sound. “It is most like what I am into, Pearl Jam, Bad Manners”. Influenced on a lyrical level by a friend’s breakup, As self-titled debuts go, this one is well-polished, with a clean-cut guitars and good hooks to boot. Recorded by Michael and Johnny Cronin over three days, the fuller sound is key too, as Ronan and Luke originally did the songs as duo on tour with Elvis Costello (Ronan’s brother) earlier this year.

Plans are a foot for returning next year with a full line up across Ireland and the UK next year, but for now it is advised to catch them on their brief stops here.

The band play the following Irish dates in October:

Friday October 23 – Whelan’s, Dublin

Saturday October 24 – Number 1’s Mullingar

Sunday October 25 – Monroe’s, Galway

Monday October 26 – Crockets on the Quay, Ballina