Monday 19 November 2018

Rock band playing up a storm in America

Eugene Hogan

WESTLIFE may be launching a second assault on cracking the US but it appears a newer Irish band has got in ahead of them ever so quietly.

Cork based quintet 'rubyhorse' have been blazing their own American trail in recent months and are ready, it seems, to fulfil predictions made at the turn of the year that they are set to be Ireland's next superband.

While the focus of Irish music interests here has been on U2, Westlife, and the Corrs, 'rubyhorse' has quietly built up a huge fan base in the US where some critics are trumpeting them as the major find of 2002.

Their debut single Sparkle has given them a huge platform, beating its way to No 15 in Billboard charts for coast-to-coast radio airplays.

The huge American market is taking such a serious interest in the Cork boys that their burgeoning reputation has already earned them an appearance on David Letterman's celebrity chat show 'Late Show with Letterman' and the Conan O'Brien Show.

The band has spent much of the last few months promoting their record on radio stations from New York to Los Angeles.

They also performed live on the Good Morning America TV show last month.

'What can I say about the Letterman show?'

"The fact that I still cannot believe it is one thing, we've all been watching the show for years, even back in Ireland, and the fact that we were finally the musical guests is something that we're all still coming to terms with," said keyboard player Owen Fagan.

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