Debut LP and tour by Irish trio Oh Boland and debut 7" by Teach Me, solo LP by Matt Lamkin (Soft Pack)
Irish punk-slop-power-pop trio Oh Boland
Formed in 2012, the trio of songwriter Niall Murphy (Guitars, Vocals) Eanna MacDonnchadha (bass) and Simon McDonagh (drums/vocals) came together to form Oh Boland over the course of drunken pub crawls in their small town of Tuam, Ireland. The band eventually recorded a couple of EPs with Brian Kelly of So Cow, and began venturing out into Galway City, leading to involvement with Dublin-based collective Popical Island and their release of the Delphi split LP with fellow Ireland indie-poppers Me and My Dog.
The Delphi recordings brought them together with producer Mark Chester, who makes his own music as Ginnels and plays in No Monster Club. After the band realized they were sitting on a number of songs, they decided to go back in with Chester to record this first full-length, Spilt Milk, over the course of two days over Halloween weekend 2014 in a cottage in one of the most isolated parts of the west of Ireland, Carraroe. Most of the tracks were written in the town of Tuam while Murphy worked slow day shifts in a bar populated by agrarian tragedies, gambling addicts and mislaid bachelors. Boredom-fueled pop melodies driven by a love of girl group, country music and 70s power pop, enshrouded in the drunken slop of the Irish barroom rock n roll band and the unbridled motion of punk rock.
Over the last few years, the band has had the honor of touring Ireland with Parquet Courts and playing with the likes of Sheer Mag, Protomartyr, Metz, Speedy Ortiz, the Growlers, the Sonics, and Paul Collins (the Nerves).
Spilt Milk is officially due out on 09/30, with the band playing a number of US East Coast dates (including Detroit with their friends in Protomartyr) before ending up at Gonerfest 13 in Memphis.
Sept 15th- Plough And The Stars, Boston, MA
Sept 16th- Cake Shop Manhattan, NYC w/Joey Sprinkles
Sept 17th- WFMU NJ live in-studio!
Sept 17th- Don Pedro, Brooklyn w/Jack Oblivian
Sept 20th- Gooski’s, Pittsburgh, PA
Sept 21st- Used Kids Records, Columbus, OH
Sept 22nd- Now That’s Class, Cleveland, OH w/Joey Sprinkles
Sept 23rd- El Club, Detroit, MI w/ Protomartyr/Feelings
Sept 24th- Bric-A-Brac Records, Chicago, Il
Sept 25th- Hi-Dive – Milwaukee, WI
Sept 27th- Re-Animator - Winston-Salem North Carolina w/Chook Race
Oct 1st- Memphis Tenn.- Gonerfest 13- Murphy’s Bar
Formed in Spring 2016, the trio that makes up Teach Me, old friends Jeremy Rojas (bass/vox), Andrew Montoya (drums) and Tommy Garcia (guitar) came together in a flash, banging out six songs in a week for a friend’s birthday party (Cory Stiers of Mrs. Magician/Cults/Thrill Me Records). When Ben Moore, producer extraordinaire behind all three Hot Snakes Records and other releases by the likes of Metz, Swami John Reis and the Blink Shake, Rocket from the Crypt, Pinback, and scores of others, happened to catch this first performance, he was immediately struck and invited the boys to come record in his studio soon, with two of those recordings, “Collector” and “Pup Pup,” making up this first release.
Singer/bassist Jeremy Rojas and drummer Andrew Montoya have been playing together since middle school, eventually formally the legendary soul-garage-punk quintet the Sess, and immediately after that band broke up their own respective projects Beaters and Ale Mania. Teach Me was a chance to bring them together with guitarist Tommy Garcia, who also plays in Mrs. Magician and Low Lands. A forthcoming full-length LP will follow in early 2017.
Rojas and Montoya also played a large part in the debut solo LP by another old friend of theirs, Matt Lamkin, singer/guitarist for the Soft Pack. Both Teach Me members played guitar/bass and drums, respectively, with Montoya producing as well. Stream/DL the LP, Where I'm Matt.