Cars walk in 'Whacky' footsteps at studio session


Published 07/11/2012 | 09:47

Dingle band Walking on Cars who are recording this week in Westmeath's Grouse Lodge Studios before going on to compete in the regional finals of the Arthur's Day band competition. From left: Dan Devane, Paul Flannery, Pa Sheehy, Evan Hadnett and Sorca...

DINGLE band and recent winners of the Red Bull Bedroom Jam, Walking on Cars, will reap the fruits of their labour this week as they head to Grouse Lodge, Ireland's first international residential recording studio, to begin work on a forthcoming album.

Pa Sheehy (vocals and rhythm guitar), Sorcha Durham (piano), Evan Hadnett (drums), Paul Flannery (bass guitar) and Dan Devane (lead guitar and backing vocals) waged a ninemonth online campaign this year which saw them beat off competition from some of Ireland's top emerging bands in the Red Bull competition.

Performances at Sea Sessions and Indiependence followed before Walking On Cars were finally crowned Red Bull Bedroom Jam champions at the grand final hosted in Whelan's, Dublin last August.

Part of the prize included precious studio time with top producers; subsequently the five-piece have headed for the famed Grouse Lodge in Westmeath this week which is synonymous with Michael Jackson, Snow Patrol, Manic Street Preachers, REM and many more. There they will be joined by top producer Tom McFall who was worked with Bloc Party, Editors and Biffy Clyro. Mr McFall will mentor them throughout the week with the aim of laying down tracks for the band's much awaited debut.

Walking On Cars will also leave the studio with styling t ips from Ciara Hughes and a portfolio of still images by London based photographer Dan Wilton.

To round off a busy week, the band will also head for Cork this Thursday to compete in the regional finals of the Guinness Arthur's Day – Play On The Day - which is run in conjunction with Hot Press. According to Walking On Cars manager Tríona Duignan there they will battle it out with three other bands – Aine Duffy, Dead School and The Calvinists – with some top industry judges picking the winners who will progress to the national final.

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