Ireland, the home of Guinness, U2, and Tayto, is also the home of Meridan Sway — Dublin, to be exact. This five-piece has fused together elements of rock, pop, r&b, and a certain je ne sais quoi that together leaves us with a band that is alluring in the way that I can’t quite put my finger on what they sound like, but I’m liking what I hear so far.
Meridan Sway is comprised of Maurice Price on vocals and guitar, Shauna Rahaman on vocals and keys, Derek Coffey on lead guitar and back up vocals, Darragh Walsh on drums, and Kevin Nsingi-Monroe on bass. These five college friends formed Meridan Sway in early 2014 and have since been digging around the Dublin music scene. Last summer they had a residency in Dicey’s Garden in the city center, they’ve played iconic venues like The Mercantile and The Voodoo Lounge, and they supported Mojo Gogo last July in Donegal for their homecoming gig. In October, the band got together with Gavin Glass at Orphan Recording Studios in Dublin to record All for Nothing, their debut EP. Glass has worked with other artists such as The Hot Sprockets and Lisa Hannigan.
On March 5, they had their EP release show at the Workman’s Club in Dublin for All For Nothing, along with support from The Brass Phantoms, The Selfless, and Cormac Reynolds. Kicking off the set with Lion’s Den, which is also the first track of the EP, they started strong and high energy. Moving through the other tracks the EP has to offer, Nothing and Runaways, they also delighted the crowd with a string of other originals including Anything But Lonely and my personal favorite track of the night, Mama Said.
If I were to put my finger on what I liked the most about their performance it would be two things: one is Rahaman’s and Price’s harmonies, which float together in a way that is captivating, with a certain underlying sweetness that just makes you want to smile. Two is Nsingi-Monroe, their bassist. The stage at Workman’s is quite small, and he was unfortunately forced to hide behind the vocalists, which is a damn shame. His energy and stage presence is entertaining and engaging and makes you want to bounce alongside him.
Meridan Sway, although still in infancy as a band, have a distinguished sound and live show to offer. They have a lot of potential to grow and evolve, and I am planning on keeping on eye on these guys to see where they are heading. I’m definitely intrigued.
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Photos and Review by Ashley Smith |