Wednesday 18 September 2019

Lost Messiahs can be found at Whelan's

The Lost Messiahs' Ollie Plunkett
The Lost Messiahs' Ollie Plunkett
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

His saintly namesake was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn in 1681 - possibly because the English thought he had a dangerous mind.

It may be totally unconnected _ but 2019 Ollie Plunkett's band, The Lost Messiahs, have titled their new album Deconstruction Of The Mind, apropos of which Ollie cites Leonard Cohen, "sighting a beautiful moment in Bhagavad Gita's Arjuna when the great general is standing on his chariot and the Deity says to him 'You will never untangle the circumstances that brought you to this moment'.

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"In Deconstruction of the Mind, I grapple in the moment with the circumstances of my life and in the form of 10 original songs. It is a search for new meaning, new direction, a new life journey".

Unsurprisingly, the title track of the album is not exactly Westlife. It goes: "The deconstruction of the mind/ The segue to a place, the silence, the fall/ The breaking of the mould, the colours all explode/ The wonder of it all/ Look at the birds out in the sky, see how they fly/ In a heartbeat you and I."

Asked about songwriting, Ollie says: "I find it hard to explain the songwriting process. Something happens at a deep spiritual mystical level, some connection to a vibration/ subconscious.

"When I go mining for new material, the riff/melody and the idea for the song normally come together as a collective energy/vibration, and I try to preserve that connectiveness.

"My beautiful mam died in the middle of writing the album. So I guess the reflective nature of the music is influenced by her passing.

"The first album was called Soulstar and featured 14 original songs by me. While in no way trying to compare myself to the genius that is Conor O'Brien from Villagers, I also write and produce in the studio and put the band together afterwards to deliver the songs live."

In 1989, Ollie recalls being in the basement of The Waterfront pub in Dublin, reading lines for Alan Parker as an audition for The Commitments. That year Ollie and his band The Mere Mortals played Feile in Tippe and then supported Bob Geldof and the Vegetarians of Love at their Poulaphouca outdoor show.

The Lost Messiahs have a single Lights Out, with a distinct Mercury Rev/ The National influence at play, with James O'Connor and Maria Wright on vocals and the man himself on guitar.

Ollie, like his old mucker Bob Geldof, is not stuck for an opinion.

"Social media last week was full of posts decrying the burning fires in the Amazon and the failure of the Brazilian government to take action when some of the very same people will be attending Electric Picnic and drinking out of multiple plastic containers and will abandon tents without making any connection between their behaviour and the environmental crisis."

He adds that he remains "hopeful that the recent example set by attendees at Glastonbury will prevail, where festival goers left the site spotless after the festival."

The Lost Messiahs play Whelan's in Dublin this Friday

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