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Music You Should Listen To: Irish rockers “Valentino is Dead”

These dudes got into contact with me via Twitter and they have a sound that is everything I personally look for in a band.

“No strangers to the music scene, Keith Smith (vocals, guitar) and Boey (guitar) have cut their teeth in other bands over the years, toured east coast America, played festivals and shows in Germany, toured with Rancid and played support to The Buzzcocks, Undertones, Less Than Jake and Bowling for Soup to name but a few.

Completing the line-up is David Black on drums and Clive Walsh on bass who have both played in a number of accomplished Irish bands over the years, and provide a very tight, exciting and dynamic quality to the line up.”

If you dig the sounds of Rancid, Less Than Jake and similar bands as much as I do, you won’t be disappointed (and hell I’m Celtic-American so the fact that these dudes are from the motherland makes it that much cooler). These guys have a sound that is both marketable and awesome to dance to (try it for yourselves!)

Valentino is Dead can be found at:


4 responses

  1. Alba Radio, from Stornaway, in the island of Lewis, regularly features Gaelic and Celtic bands. Some of this music demonstrates extraordinarily cohesive performances from bands with an incredible group feeling. As I’m sure you’re aware, there was less distinction between Irish and Scottish culture many years ago. Indeed, the richness and diversity of culture in these islands is surprising, given that the whole of the British Isles would fit into just one American state. Many of these peoples came in from Scandinavia, originally, with the Celts originating in what we now call Turkey. (Here endeth the lesson!)

    May 26, 2014 at 10:30 am

  2. Sorry. I do go on a bit sometimes.

    May 27, 2014 at 10:00 pm

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