Having commemorated their one year anniversary, releasing debut EP “Something Pretty” hailed by RTÉ 2FM’s Dan Hegarty as “an anthem in the making,” a headline show at The Workman’s Club, a late-night performance at Whelan’s Ones To Watch, capped off by a headliner at Dublin’s Academy 2, the question looms: What’s in store for Three Underneath in 2017?
The answer, in the form of a second (and third!) EP, is a resounding nod towards world domination. Ably assisted by engineer Stephen Robinson (The Laundry Shop / Angels of Mons), who worked with the band towards the end of 2016, Daragh Murray, bassist Tom McGovern and drummer Liam Murray have crafted three milestone extended plays for 2017 that showcase the band’s emerging pop-rock sensibility in flying fashion.
The formation of Three Underneath as a band is hard to pin down to a concrete date or circumstance, given that Daragh and Liam are brothers, Liam who would fill the drum seat in the studio and shows to follow. Daragh met Tom in school, competing in rival bands no less, but in later years had found an excellent bandmate and bass-slinging badass.
Following the rigorous recording sessions of 2016 (sessions that involved a genuine wall of guitar), the trio decamped to Daragh’s home studio in Ballsbridge for mixing, before sending to respected mastering engineer Pete Maher, with credits ranging from Jack White, Pixies, Snow Patrol and U2. “It was important to get the mastering done right – it’s sometimes the most important link between band and listener.”
At the outset of the initial campaign, UK magazine XSNOIZE presciently noted: “The opening notes of Buddy Yeah had me from the off. The Something Pretty EP is a belter”. If early response is any indication, Three Underneath have exceeded their goals thus far. Buddy Yeah is a bona fide smash and their music is already receiving rave reviews from the press. THE IRISH MIRROR called them an “extremely hot post-grunge act” and Three Underneath are tipped to be playing shows all around Ireland in 2017.
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