IT HAS been quite the year for Cavan band Shouting At Planes. The five-piece have been riding high since winning a battle of the bands contest which landed them a chance of a lifetime -- a spot at the legendary Glastonbury music festival.
Formed barely a year ago, the band entered a local battle of the bands contest. Their success there led them to go on to play at one of the world's most famous music gatherings and has set Shouting At Planes firmly on the road to stardom.
"Glastonbury was incredible," drummer Brian O'Reilly said. "We played on the Queen's Head Stage on the Saturday. We were really shocked by how many people turned up to see us. The stage was packed out. There were Shouting At Planes banners and Irish flags everywhere -- awesome. Our parents also made a surprise appearance thanks to Sandra Eavis [daughter of Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis] who brought them over and into the festival for the day on Saturday," he added.
Since then, the band -- singers Liam McCabe and Aodhan McBreen, lead guitarist Kevin Kelleher, bassist Garreth Tackney and drummer Brian O'Reilly -- have been busy in the studio and this weekend launched their debut single, Hospice.
The well-attended gig at Dublin's Crawdaddy venue on Friday night was a sure sign that Shouting At Planes are ones to watch in Irish rock music.
The band recorded Hospice and another track this summer -- in between a busy gig schedule -- at the internationally renowned Grouse Lodge studios in Co Westmeath, where bands such as Snow Patrol and REM have worked. The single has already got some national airplay on TodayFM and 2FM.
But O'Reilly admits a lot of uncertainty remains over how well the single will do commercially: "In terms of sales, to be honest, we don't have a clue how it is going to go. Hopefully people will hear it and some will like it! The single will be available online on iTunes and all the usual online retailers. A physical copy will also be available in Tower Records."
The band already have a busy autumn lined up with the release of their second single So Young in October, and they are hoping to release their debut album this side of Christmas. In a statement of ambition, they have already booked Tripod for December 23 for the album launch.
"We're playing at Temple House Festival in Sligo in September and between then and Christmas, there are very few free weekends in the diary," O'Reilly said.
The band, which did not exist a year ago, booked their spot by winning a battle of the bands contest in Cavan in March this year. The Sail Inn in Shercock was offering a slot at Glastonbury as the prize. Over three hundred bands entered the competition.
The band members had been spread out all over the world doing various days jobs before they returned home at Christmas and jammed.
"We were really shocked at what we'd produced and it was probably then we thought we might have something worth pursuing," O'Reilly added.