David Hennessy chats to the London band about their “accidental” new album, their St Patrick’s gig in Berlin and their plans to play on the moon..
Little over a year on from the release of their third album, well known Celtic rock band on the London scene The BibleCode Sundays are soon to be releasing an album of fresh material, expected to arrive before summer.
Bass player Enda Mulloy explains: “The new album came about by accident really, we had unfinished songs from the (2013 album) New Hazardous Design, but when we revisited them we realised that they were pretty good.”
The BCS’s Boston counterparts Dropkick Murphys had their music featured on Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, loosely based on the story of Whitey Bulger. The London band’s tunes could feature on the new true story, Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp as the American gangster as four tracks have been submitted for consideration.
Enda continues: “We added those (unfinished tracks) to the 4 tracks we had already recorded for the new Johnny Depp movie. Andy penned a song specifically for the movie which turned out to be exceptional. Ronan had another song which was in keeping with the theme, and I added another. Carlton – who had never contributed to the writing before – came forward with a lugubrious poem that we added music to, and as it happens it’s probably the best song we’ve ever recorded.
Lead singer Ronan MacManus adds: “That’s the BibleCode Sundays through and through, isn’t it? To stumble across a new album accidentally. I don’t know what it’s going to be called now: Stumbling in. We haven’t got a name for the album yet. Answers on a postcard.”
“Send them into the Irish World,” says accordion player Andy Nolan.
The band break new ground in the new collection with a hip hop flavoured track, Stand up and Fight, that sees them combining with an American outfit. Enda says: “Another song on the project is a collaboration with New York hip-hop artists The Ded Rabbidz which include members from the iconic Lordz of Brooklyn. Andy and Ronan met them in New York a few years back where Ronan intimated a possible collaboration.”
The band also break new territory this weekend when they play in Berlin for the first time on the same weekend as they put on a massive party in Watkin’s Folly. Ronan explains: “A girl called Sinead Hayes, a fiddle player, got in touch with us. She’s living in Berlin and they’ve just started to organise gigs. She just got in touch to say, ‘lads, you want to come out to Berlin?’ We were like, ‘let’s think about that for two seconds’. We’re looking forward to it.”
The band have already played in USA and Ronan travelled to Brazil last year to play gigs during the world cup. Where will the band conquer next? “The moon, we might go on the mission to mars,” jokes Ronan. “I’d love to go to Australia, and back to the states if we can.”
Andy adds: “I do miss America, especially the east coast. There’s such a vibrant scene there for a band like us.”
Enda remembers playing the main stage at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient: “Brian Kelly asked Peter Coughlan and Mark Conyard from Hungry Grass and I to go to L’Orient to play for the festival as a resident musician in Galway Inn pub., talk about the dream-team.
“Anyway, we ended up playing for the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins while he was having his tea. He was over to represent Ireland as the theme of the Celtic festival was Ireland last year. He was a very lovely man, very down to earth for a head of state.
“Following that the organiser of the main stage at the festival asked us if we’d go down to play the main stage, so off we headed into the city carrying amps and instruments and straight onto the stage worse for wear. We were pulling people out of the crowd up on stage and being a bit raucous, we thought they’d kick us out of the country, but strangely they’ve asked us to go back and do it again this year.”
Andy adds: “Maybe we’ll get out there as BCS as well.”
Andy, who wrote and produced the short film Tax City, starring Steve Collins and directed by Tom Begley, has started pre-production on a short film, Jack Mulligan. The new product’s soundtrack will feature Baz Fratelli from the Fratellis and provide a taste of Clan London, the feature length script that Andy is looking for financing for.
Andy says: “It’s a half hour crime drama and we want to start shooting that in June/July if we can. We’re starting to cast at the moment and the same as Tax City, we just want to get it into film festivals and do a nice premiere up in London. We’re quite excited about this because it’s almost like a mini Clan London, it’s a very similar theme, set in the same neighbourhood in west London. It is it’s own story in it’s own right but very similar themes, you could say it’s a taste of Clan London.”
The BibleCode Sundays play Watkin’s Folly on Friday March 13, Angie’s in Willesden on Sunday March 15, both The Wishing Well in Hayes (6-8pm) and The Quays (10-12) on Tuesday March 17, St Patrick’s day. http://biblecodesundays.com/.
Actors interested in casting for Jack Mulligan should email CVs and showreels to firstname.lastname@example.org. The BibleCode Sundays will host a fundraiser for the project on Saturday June 20 at The Claddagh Ring, Hendon with music from the BCS, The Monday Club plus special guests.