The Riptide Movement
The Riptide Movement
23 Nov 2018 (20:00) at Róisín Dubh
€20 (€18 members)
On sale this Wednesday
If there were awards for resolutely sticking to your guns, The Riptide Movement’s mantelpiece would be straining under the weight of all the silverware. As Ireland’s newest musical export – but one that has paid its dues over the past eight years in their homeland with three albums under their belt – they have forged themselves a fan base and career from their own grit and determination. So it’s no wonder that they boast the kind of working-man, rabble-rousing, blue-collar rock ‘n’ roll that should see them become the Emerald Isle’s answer to The Gaslight Anthem, Augustines and Frank Turner.
“We’ve never, ever taken ‘no’ for an answer,” says singer and guitarist Mal Tuohy. “If there’s something we want to do or achieve, we just sit down and say, ‘How are we going to make it happen?’ And it happens. I think that positivity and ‘If we all pull together…’ spirit comes through in our music too.”?
It most certainly does. Mal is outlining the DIY philosophy – “Some would call it sheer bloody-mindedness!” he laughs – which led The Riptide Movement to blow the Irish music scene wide open in 2014 with their Number One album Getting Through and string of Top 10 singles. Their spectacular success in Ireland came off the back of them taking opportunities wherever they could to get their music heard; gigging their way from Dublin to Delhi with a stop-off in Pilton to slay the Glastonbury masses; taking to the UK airwaves with all 50 of the BBC Concert Orchestra and supporting The Rolling Stones at their Hyde Park homecoming.
“It’s been an absolutely brilliant few months for us,” Mal reminisces. “Four lads from Lucan, a sleepy village in the suburbs of Dublin, have gone from jamming in a dark and damp basement to the top of the Irish album charts with ‘Getting Through’. We were actually strolling up Dublin’s Grafton St when the word came through that the album was Number One. The irony of it was that we were stood right by our old busking spot, which is how we’d kept the wolf from the door in our early years. So we grabbed a few bottles of champagne and made our way to the top floor of St Stevens Green car park, where we shot our very first video five years earlier to a song called 'Reno' from our debut album 'What About The Tip Jars'. It was a real, ‘Pinch me, am I dreaming?’ moment. God, we’ve come a long way since then!”
That number one album, Getting Through, produced by Flogging Molly’s Ted Hutt (who has also worked with Dropkick Murphys and The Gaslight Anthem), is testimony to the unique sound the band have forged during those thousands of hours they’ve spent together on stage and in the rehearsal room. From anthemic fist-pumping start (‘Animal’) to achingly beautiful finish (‘Sycamore Tree’), it’s full of big riffs, even bigger choruses and a lust for rock ’n’ roll life that Iggy Pop himself would be proud of.
Other Getting Through standouts include the wonderfully bawdy ‘You & I’, the country-flavoured title-track itself, and the defiance of ‘Glór’ which rages against the recent years of financial hardship which almost crippled Ireland: “Fuck this town and damn this economy!” roars Mal.
While still calling all the musical shots, The Riptide Movement’s progress saw them releasing Getting Through as brand new signings to Universal Music, a move which saw them race straight to Number One and set them up for global recognition.
“It’s great having Universal on board,” says Gar, the band’s drummer. “They’re really into the album, and full of ideas as to how working together we can take it to the next level. We’ve had such amazing success in Ireland it seems now is the time for us to bring our music to the wider world, and Universal are really excited about helping us do that.”
The latter stages of 2014 have seen the Irish rockers play a short tour of DC, Philadelphia, New York and Boston, shoot their new video for 'You And I' on a rooftop in Brooklyn with director Kevin Slack and complete their first sold out Irish tour, comprising of 25 dates, including three sold out headline shows at Dublin's Vicar Street and selling over 10,000 tickets in the process. So it’s no surprise that ‘Getting Through’ has just been certified Gold in Ireland.
The UK debut single ‘All Works Out’ is a passionate, chiming, singalong anthem of positivity,
accompanied by a striking video starring renowned Irish actress Amy Huberman that’s
already racked up a quarter of a million views. It’s also one of the most played songs on Irish radio in 2014; voted Song Of The Summer on Today FM, it was used as the soundtrack to the Irish Tourist Board’s TV and radio adverts and the official video has over 250,000 views on YouTube.
It’s a glorious calling card for the band and the opening salvo of The Riptide Movement’s progress from feted sons of Ireland to musicians on the global stage, showcasing just why the band are likely to follow in the footsteps of many an Irish musical émigré and win new fans in the UK, America and beyond.