New Single 'BLASTOICE' - Out Now
Half Of Me are a three-piece band from Ireland, composed of Feargal Corrigan (Guitar), Luke Nelson (Vocals/Bass) and Greg Purcell (Drums/Vocals). They make music described as "Inventive, intelligent, indie” (Hotpress Magazine) and "art-rock/noise-pop/indie-grit" (inDublin.ie). Their new single Blastoice is available now from the band's bandcamp page as a "pay what you want " download. The single was recorded in clique studios with Dave Prendergast (Kodaline/Otherkin).
Half Of Me formed in New York in 2012 and spent the following year writing in Bushwick, Brooklyn before returning to Dublin. Here they recorded their debut EP, '99' in Apollo studios. '99' was released in late May 2014 and features 4 tracks written about their time in NYC: 'Cornelia', '99', 'Breath' and 'Release'.
Irish-blog 'The Last Mixed Tape' described '99' best as, "an energetic blend of the group's various stylistic leanings incorporating post-rock ambience, visceral rock aspects and experimental flourishes". 'Across The Line' (BBC Radio Ulster) drew comparisons between the band and Royal Blood and called the title track, ‘99’, “a solid Rock N Roll classic in the making”.
Half Of Me played their first show in June 2014, a Headline gig in Dublin's Button Factory to a crowd of over 250 people. They followed this up with well-received gigs and support shows around the country. The year ended on a high, with Canadian music-blog 'A Music Blog Yea?' named '99' as one of the best songs of the year, and the band's debut EP voted 5th best Irish EP of 2014 by readers of 'The Last Mixed Tape'.
2015 continued the trend as the band were selected to play the 'Whelan’s Ones To Watch' festival in January. This was followed by the release of 'Harbour' in April, leading to performances at Indiependence and Sea Sessions, two of Irelands biggest independent festivals. Response to their live set saw the band added to the line up for Ireland's premier show-case festival, 'Hard Working Class Heroes' in October, which was well received. This led to the band being selected to feature prominently in the Eir rebranding campaign towards the end of the year, with a live performance filmed in Whelan's, Dublin.
2016 sees the band continuing in a busy and productive vein, releasing their latest video for Blastoice in March at a stellar show in Dublin's The Workman's Club. The single and video were received well by various news and media outlets, with Pure M naming it their 'Video Of The Day', The Last Mixed Tape stating that it "meets the ferocity of the trio's live performances" and Hotpress Magazine describing it as "...life-affirming...hip-shaking stomper....capturing the pure rock fury of the Dublin trio's face melting live show". This led to Fame Music featuring the band in their "top 5 Irish Bands You Need To Know" piece in March, followed by the band's return to Dublin's The Button Factory in April for a sold-out Double-Headline show. Since then, we have seen the band decamp to the studio to begin production on their first Long-Play record, slated for completion in January 2017. Their studio time was partially documented recently by the US tech company Canary, to test out their home security technologies.
Half of Me delivered a set of towering, riff heavy rock that had echoes of the likes of Royal Blood but with more falsetto. They started off slowly but won over the crowd from the mid-point of their set onward and were most impressive. - Dublin Concerts
PRAISE FOR BLASTOICE
"An all-encompassing shot to the arm of fuzz and atmosphere laden alternative-rock .. the short sharp shock of ‘Blastoice’ finally realizes the band’s potential."
The Last Mixed Tape
"..a life-affirming...hip-shaking stomper...Perfectly capturing the pure rock fury of the trio's face melting live show, this one deserves to be played at '11'" -
PRAISE FOR HARBOUR
"An absolute summer gem" - Dublin Concerts
"This track is great from the go.... harmonies & arrangement that wouldn't be out of place blasting through a car radio on a sunny day" - Pure M
"moves in big, bold dynamic lifts undercut by washing textural backdrops. All of which provides a clear departure in sound and production" - The Last Mixed Tape
PRAISE FOR THE '99' EP
"99 jolts and crackles with the band's unique take on the alternative-rock genre imbued with hook-laden guitars and menacing beats." The Last Mixed Tape
"99 is a whirlwind record" - InDublin Magazine
"It’s got all the grit and dirty guitar of solid rock classics but the vocal makes it feel far more fresh and intelligent, their drums move from head-pounding assault to hushed vocals; cumulatively, it’s a lot more than a three-piece should be capable of, and still, it works" - Dublin Concerts
"99 is a thrilling blast of rock 'n' roll that will have you turning up the volume in seconds" - Gigslutz.co.uk
"99 is an unexpected alt rock stomper" - Deadly Music
99 is a "brilliantly scuzzy slice of industrial pop/rock. It's a three-minute instant classic ... Infectious, experimental and engaging, it works its way under your skin before you know it. " - Scots Whay Hae
"'99' is a catchy track, intelligent indie that creeps up on you before exploding with noise" - 7 Billion People
"The gig showcased their diverse influences, an immense proficiency for atmospherics, and their own unique blend of gritty indie" - InDublin Magazine
"Infectous indie melodies" - Goldenplec.com
"Badass Rock N Roll " A Music Blog Yea?
"Tune alert" - Dan Hegarty 2FM
"You can hear something special" - Aoife Barry - The Irish Times