Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Raglans

With their signature lush harmonies and clever lyricism, indie-pop group Raglans released their self-titled album back in March. Comprised of Stephen Kelly, Conn O’ Ruanaidh, Rhos Horan, and Sean O’Brien, this Irish quartet recently took the time to speak with A Music Blog, Yea?. Dive into our conversation below as we discuss playing with harmonies, artists from Ireland, Kayne West, and estranged brothers.

AMBY: Hey Raglans, welcome to AMBY. Please introduce yourselves to our readers.

Raglans: Hi. We’re Raglans from Dublin. Four lads playing tunes that we like to play!

AMBY: You released your debut self-titled album earlier this year. What are your thoughts on the record now that there’s been some time to reflect on it?

Raglans: We’re really proud of what we did with the album. It was such an awesome process and we always  said that we feel like a ‘real’ band now that we have an album out. As for reflection, it’s like anything you do. if you listen or look hard enough at something for long enough, you’ll be able to find faults. That’s why we don’t really listen to it that often!

AMBY: When it came to creating Raglans, what was the most exciting and challenging aspect of making the record come to life?

Raglans: Finding a studio and someone to produce it. Luckily we found Jay Reynolds. Or he found us. I can’t remember. We recorded the album in London which was amazing. We love getting out of our comfort zone when we record. It’s always great to do it in a new place so you can really focus on the process. The most challenging thing was getting all these songs that we had been writing and playing for two years altogether on one CD and making them sound like a coherent album. I think ourselves and Jay managed to do that!

AMBY: We’re loving your new single White Lightening. How did the use of harmonies become an essential part of your sound?

Raglans: Thanks! We’ve just always liked messing around with harmonies and seeing what happens. A couple of the lads have really good ears for them so they can just hear a line and pluck a harmony out of the air. We use them a lot but also try not to over do it. You hear bands these days with a gizzillion harmonies in their songs and you always have to remember, all the harmonies in the world won’t make a song good, they’re just the icing on the cake.

AMBY: Which other artists from Dublin should we keep our eyes on?

Raglans: Good question! There’s so many right now. Dublin, and Ireland in general, is going through a sort of musical renaissance at the moment and it’s awesome. We’re fans of Other Kin, Travis Oaks and that sort of stuff. The heavier, more energetic side of Irish music.

AMBY: If you could trade places with another artist in the music industry for one day, who would it be?

Raglans: Kanye West. Just so you could see how weird his life really is and if he is just having a laugh and putting the whole thing on. Either way it would be a trip…

AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about Raglans that nobody knows yet?

Raglans: That Ste and Rhos are estranged brothers, separated at birth and only reconciled through forming the band! Might not be 100% true but it sounds good.


Thank you Raglans, for giving us your answers!

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Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout

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