Groove Killer - Tallaght band release latest EP

By Hayden Moore

What happens when you mix The Beatles, King Krule, and Amy Winehouse? You get an edgy, mixed-bag of jazz, rock, and swing from an upcoming band called ‘Groove Killer’.

The Tallaght band released their latest EP ‘Late Night Leche’ earlier this year that has a whole variety of musical styles and could be described as genre-defying, and experimental.

Although they all sound different, there still is the very distinct sound of the reverberated vocals of the lead singers mixed with the clean guitar, funky bass and jazzy drums.

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The four-piece are made-up of Megan McGarry from Killinarden on vocals and guitar, frontman Domhnaill Corrigan from Lucan also on vocals and guitar, Jack Costigan from Cushlawn on the drums, and Dean Hollywood from Jobstown on bass guitar.

15-year-old Megan spoke to The Echo about how the band met in Rua Red, recording their EP in Windmill Lane Studio in Ringsend, and what we can expect from Groove Killer in the future.

How would you describe the type of music you play?

I’d say it’s kind of a swing jazz type of music. Everyone in the band has different tastes and we’re all interested in different kinds of music.

I’m a huge fan of Amy Winehouse so she’d influence my writing and performing style a lot, and Domhnaill is a fan of King Krull so he’d be inspired by him – so we just try mix what we love and are inspired by to try create something new.

Where did you meet the others from the band?

I was doing this course in Rua Red that’s for 14 to 18-year-olds called Suburban Sounds, and I would have started that in October 2016 and finished up in April this year.

The other lads Domhnaill, Jack, and Dean where all doing the course as well and that’s where we met, but I also originally started writing music while on the course and when we started jamming together we realised that we can make some alright tunes.

What made you all decide to start a band?

In December last year we formed Groove Killer and started jamming together seriously, and it just became what it is today.

We played our first gig together in The Grand Social on April 8th of this year after we released some of our own music and it’s been a lot of fun.

What’s the recording process like?

When we were on the course trying to record it was quite difficult because we have a certain amount of time to do stuff and it’s part of the course so it’s strict enough.

Don’t get me wrong it was really good but Domhnaill actually got a grant from the South Dublin County Council worth €2000 to build a home studio and it’s been amazing since then because we have full creative control and we can just kind of relax and do whatever we want.

Tell us more about the home studio and what you’ve been recording?

Domhnaill applied for this music grant from the Council, and because he applied for it twice we got the grant twice to be able to build a proper recording studio out in his house in Lucan.

We have all the equipment we could need and more, mixing desks, microphones – the whole lot!

We originally recorded our EP ‘Nachos, Pt. 2’ out in Windmill Lane Studios in Ringsend around March/April time along with another of Domhnaill’s songs, and we recorded our other EP ‘Late Night Leche’ in the middle of April in the home studio.

Are you working on anything now and where do you see the band being in a few year's time? 

Well it’s all under wraps for now but hopefully there’ll be more by the end of the year. I’d say we will hopefully still be gigging in a few years and we’ll definitely still be together!

We all have that drive inside of us, and we have that ambition to keep going on and creating stuff together, so yeah there will be more stuff coming soon.

You can catch Groove Killer performing next at the Cobblestone Pub in Smithfield on Friday, August 24 at 2pm, and check out their EP’s ‘Nachos, Pt.2’ and ‘Late Night Leche’ on Spotify now.

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