Shoot the Messenger

With the debut single out soon, we thought it was about time we caught up with the latest local band who have been making waves

The long waited debut single from local band Shoot the Messenger will be released later this month.

Licence to Kill which is due out on November 20th was recorded by the fantastic Glenn Rosborough at Nerve Centre Studios and contains all the elements that have made the band popular amongst NI music lovers and gig goers alike.

It’s been a busy 2015 for the female fronted Derry four piece and they look to be finishing the year in style with this release. The energetic and punchy sound which the guys have been synonymous with is there in abundance and is an incredible debut.

Shoot the Messenger are definitely one to keep an eye on, and if you get the chance pop along and catch a live show. Speaking of which, the guys are officially launching the single on the day of its release at the Thatched Cottage in the Craft Village.

We caught up with lead guitarist Jake Smith to find out more about the band and the new release.

You guys formed the band in June of last year, how has the journey been so far?
It’s been amazing. This band has let us travel all round Ireland doing what we love to do and we have met so many great people along the way. It’s due to the help and support from the Nerve Centre that have got us this far!

Where did the name ‘Shoot the Messenger’ come from?
We had a different name back when we started and we all wanted to change it but couldn’t think of anything. Completely out of the blue, somebody suggested, Shoot the Messenger and we all agreed with it instantly.

There are some very nice gigs on your CV to date, Stendhal Festival and support to the Goons at the Nerve Centre earlier this year to name a few – how have those experiences been?
It’s fantastic to have these great support slots, gigs and festival appearances under our belts and we really enjoy playing them. A personal highlight from the year would be returning to play at Stendhal Festival. We had a brilliant weekend and played for a really great crowd. We were also invited by the guys at Little Arcadia to play their independent festival, Barnfest. It’s held in a barn in Bellarena and we didn’t know what to expect but it was one of the best sets we ever played and the crowd were going mental! Its gigs like those that are a joy to play.

Your debut single is out on 20th November and titled ‘Licence to Kill’ - tell us a bit about it.
Licence to Kill was written on a boiling hot June afternoon in the Nerve Centre ahead of a gig in the Playtrail. We end all our sets with it and we all love the song. We knew it would be the perfect single and got it recorded by Glenn Rosborough in the Nerve Centre studios back in September. We have a huge launch gig coming up on the 20th November to celebrate the launch. It’s being held in the Craft Village’s Thatched Cottage with support from three brilliant bands, Little Arcadia, The Blue Jeans and The Docs.

Is there a debut album on the cards?
No, not yet anyway. Hopefully we can bring out a few more singles or maybe an EP.

Who would you say the band as a whole take most inspiration and influence from?
We all have totally different musical tastes and it definitely plays a part in our music. I’d say that we take inspiration from everything between rock to pop and everything in between. We don’t like being tied down to one influence.

How important has the Nerve Centre and SYNC been to the band?
Insanely important. Without the Nerve Centre, we wouldn’t be a band! Caolan and Lauren formed the band years ago as part of the Sync Project and it slowly developed into what it is today. The Nerve Centre let us practice there, mentor us, support us, help us obtain certain gigs and they always are keen to help young bands. Their Sync project has been so valuable to us and we would encourage any young person who has an interest in music to join it as it has impacted our band so much.

What are the plans for 2016?
Gig, gig, gig and maybe get some new music out there too. We can’t wait to see what the future holds!



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