Pin back your lug-holes because four fifths of influential Derry popsters That Petrol Emotion are back with a brand new band and a spanking new sound.
The Everlasting Yeah are Ciaran McLaughlin, Raymond Gorman, Brendan Kelly and Damian O’Neill - and this time around, the emphasis is on the collective - it’s truly a case of the whole tribe sings.
At the tail end of 2012, the four-piece played two ecstatically received gigs in London and Oxford and, in the meantime, have been writing and honing a killer set.
Of course, there are echoes of the Petrol’s signature sound in the new band, however, this is very much an upgrade on the classic template of melody-harmony-beat-noise. Check out youtube for a taster of what they can do.
Explaining the genesis of the new band, Ciaran says: “After That Petrol Emotion reformed in 2008/2009, the intention was originally for The Petrols to carry on and write/perform new material. It quickly became clear that, with Steve [Mack] based in Seattle and the rest of us in London, this was going to be next to impossible. So we decided to start playing as a four piece and, maybe, find a new singer.”
Then nothing. However, fast forward to the autumn of 2011 and Ciaran, Raymond, Damian and Brendan decided to have another bash at rehearsing.
Ciaran takes up the story: “At the first rehearsal, a couple of ideas were tackled and things naturally fell into place with everyone having a hand in the singing but with Raymond and I taking the lion’s share. The songs seemed set up to make this the preferred option – so no front person.
“The songs sounded so strong we agreed there was legs in the project and we should continue rehearsing and writing. Unlike The Petrols, the writing process is much more band based – basic ideas come in and are then worked on by all of us together.
“This way of working has expanded more and more as we’ve gone on.
“We record most of the rehearsals and review the evidence before getting together again. We’re trying to use all the influences we’ve picked up during a lifetime listening to music. Crucially we are all still music fans and always on the lookout for the next great record whether it be a new release or an unheard oldie.
“The songs are a bit longer than in the past and a bit more free-form. We’ve played twice already and had very positive reactions on both occasions.
“Ideally we want to get into a studio and get the songs recorded asap. We think we can make a great ‘album’ in the old sense.”
The Everlasting Yeah’s next gig is at the Studio Theatre, The Roundhouse, London, on October 12.