“Your home is your home, there’s a bit of devilment in an Irish crowd which you can’t find anywhere else”.
Limerick Voice spoke to band member Podge Gill from the breakthrough band Brave Giant, to get an exclusive insight into their very first headline tour, the Intimate Winter Tour.
They will perform in the Kabash Social Club in Dolans, Limerick on Friday November 3, 2017.
Formed in 2011, Mark Prunty (guitar/vocals), Podge Gill (guitar/vocals), Ross McNerney (banjo/mandolin), Emmett Collum (drums) are the four young Longford men of Brave Giant.
It’s been an exceptional 18 months for the band. Their spectacular single, “The Time I Met the Devil” featuring Irish actor and comedian, Joe Rooney has enjoyed over 80,000 views since it went live in late spring, adding to their impressive overall tally of 500,000 online video views.
In the lead up to their Limerick gig, Podge explained that the name Brave Giant represented a completely new image for the band. “A name that didn’t restrict ourselves to one sound, could be potentially massive and universally recognized”.
They have been compared to the likes of The Frames, The Pogues and Mumford & Sons which Podge described as “heartwarming”. “It’s overwhelming to be put in the same bracket as the guys we would have grown up listening to”.
Podge outlined that one of the most challenging aspects of starting out as a band is getting your name out there and building a fan base.
He said that Brave Giant owe their success to their home county of Longford however, when the band first started out “there wasn’t much of a scene in Longford, it was in the pit of the recession in 2011 and pubs were quiet”.
The advice he would give to any aspiring musician is to “Dive in head first, put your music out there and see what the reaction is, you’ve got nothing to lose”.
He also added that as a musician, your skin gets thicker over time. “Every musician has taken slack at some point in their lives no matter how big they are”.
Since June 2016, Brave Giant has had five consecutive sell-out headline shows in Dublin, most recently two sold-out shows at Whelan’s this spring. “We were blown away with the reaction, we barely even had to sing our songs because the crowd were singing them back at us”.
This winter tour gives the band an opportunity to play to their own people all over the country. “The fact that it’s our first time performing in Limerick, is definitely more of a buzz, an Irish crowd is different to everywhere else in the world”.
So far 2017 has been equally kind to the band. The boys performed on RTE’s flagship The Late Late Show. They also supported Picture This during their five-night sell out run at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre and welcomed over 1,500 fans to their afternoon performance at Longitude this July, played Milwaukee Irish Music Festival in August, followed by Rockwood Music Hall, New York later the same month.
Podge also highlighted that they are “fascinated” by the diverse age range of their fans which is one of the things they enjoy the most about their music. “The gigs are not restricted to 14 to 20-year-old girls. It’s not a One Direction concert, there’s actually a lot of middle age men and thankfully they’re not screaming”.
He said that the band are very excited to release their next EP in 2018. “We can’t wait to get the next EP out to feel the buzz we got off the first one again, it’s like your little baby going off to school”.
Podge is confident that this next EP will surpass their current singles and that they want to be “as successful as we come”.
He feels that this Christmas will be one of the very best to date as people are now getting in contact with the band to book them for gigs and festivals: “we had to go searching for them before, so it’ll be a very different Christmas to last year”.
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*Tickets for the gig in Dolans Friday night have sold out.