Sundays look to break cover

The BibleCode Sundays

By David Hennessy

Just months since the release of their latest album New Hazardous Design, London Celtic rock band The BibleCode Sundays have gone back into the studio to record an album of some of their popular covers, a collection that they hope to have ready for sale at their St Patrick’s weekend gig at Under the Bridge, Chelsea FC on March 15.

Lead singer Ronan told The Irish World: “People are always asking ‘have you got recordings of this song or that song?’ So we thought it would be nice to do that.”

New Hazardous Design came six years after Boots or No Boots, prompting bassist Enda to say: “It took three years to record the last album, we’ll do this in 15 minutes.”

The band launched their album at Under the Bridge in October and have since played some of their own material at Celtic Park before a Champions League game. While they’re constantly gigging and playing Irish favourites, it’s the band’s mission now to get their own songs heard more.

Ronan says: “What we’re going to start doing at certain gigs is have the first half all original material and the second half covers so we get a chance to play the new stuff more. We looked at doing tours and things like that and it’s just not logistically possible right now, we’ve got jobs, lives, wives, kids. As much we’d love to up sticks and go off in a van.

“We are trying to contact other bands like ourselves around the world and have an online collective, of bands like The Wakes in Glasgow, The Roughneck Riot in Warrington, The Mahones in Canada: We want to get in touch with those bands who are in a similar position to us. It’s all in the pipeline right now, in the early stages.”

Accordion player Andy Nolan adds: “The idea is that their fans become fans of ours, a global community. We want to make sure our album gets out to everyone that it should do really. We’re in no real hurry to make any long term plans, just see where the album takes us.”

Ronan says: “With Facebook and Twitter, you can reach anyone in the world. We dragged ourselves into the 20th century not so long ago, now we’ve got to get into the 21st.”

Asked what the crowd can expect to hear on St Patrick’s weekend, Andy says: “We’ll have more fun with it really, mix it up.”

Like at their launch last year, the band will be supported by Lorraine O’Reilly with the addition to the bill of the popular The Monday Club. “If we only had Hungry Grass, we would really have the dream team,” says Enda.

The BibleCodes performing at Under the Bridge for the launch of their latest album

Ronan says: “We’ve actually got a couple of young lads from Newry who are studying over here who have asked if they can open the night: The Lakeside Boys. That will be something new for the night.”

Although she is relatively new to some, Lorraine sang on two tracks on The BibleCode Sundays’ last album. Originally recommended by Ronan’s brother Ruairi who knew her from the Berkshire scene, Ronan says: “We’ve slowly corrupted her. She was such a nice girl. She’s gone over to the dark side now.”

Taking inspiration from Manchester United’s statement that season ticket holders who didn’t buy tickets to see their next Champions League game would be banned from seeing the Manchester United, Enda thinks of a way to drive ticket sales, joking: “We’re going to do a Manchester United on it. If you don’t buy tickets to the 15th March, you’re not allowed to come to any other gigs.”

The BibleCode Sundays play Under the Bridge from 7pm on March 15 with The Monday Club, Lorraine O’Reilly and The Lakeside Boys.  Tickets are available:

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