St. Patrick’s Day Special: New Irish band Elspeth

I find so many wonderful, interesting artists and songs online, and it’s so very hard to keep up with them all.

Elspeth is a  five piece band from Newry and Belfast, Ireland, featuring band members Leo, his brother Gerard, and friends Jonny, Davy and Phil.  They describe their influences as ranging from Radiohead to Simon & Garfunkel, but there are so many.  The great thing about being unable to pinpoint very specific influences is that the sound of a band or artist is generally pretty broad.  So while we can hear Radiohead, Bob Dylan, perhaps even The Smiths, as the band mentions on its MySpace page , we can make our own comparisons as well.

I found myself thinking of fellow Irishmen The Script, in terms of melody anyway, and then lean towards Tom Chaplin of Keane for vocal similarities.  Their song structure is quite beautiful and unique, and it’s no wonder that Elspeth is being cautious about putting out a record.  The band hopes to find an EP officially released later this year, but for now their music is available to you for free as download via Soundcloud.

Among several splendid tracks, check out “Old Age” below and download it!  So hopefully here’s a bit of the luck of the Irish for Elspeth on St. Paddy’s Day! 🙂


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  1. […] hard to believe it’s been a year and a half since I wrote about this young Irish quintet.  Suddenly, their album, Coax, is on deck for 2012, and the band has previewed it with two songs. […]


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