Derry’s Deadpool make a splash!

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An up and coming Derry band have been tipped for big things by the organisers of what’s quickly becoming one of Ireland’s biggest song competitions.

Deadpool, made up of Aaron Walker, Daran McCann, David Falkler and William Kyle stormed to the final of the Moville Songwriters Competition with their song Ink.

The competition itself attracted acts from as far as America, England and all over Ireland but the Derry band, who’ve been together as a four piece for the past six months, stormed straight to the top three with their alternative sound.

Speaking to the Journal this week, the band members, from Galliagh and Shantallow said they were delighted with being placed so high in the contest and are getting ready to work on a new album.

“We’ve been gigging a good bit lately and it’s time for a recess now so that we can get some of our work recorded and get some material out there,” says lead singer Aaron Walker.

The band have taken their influences from grunge kings Nirvana and a variety of other music which even includes some hip hop elements.

For them, writing comes first.

“We don’t want to be just another band playing a set of covers. It’s important to us that we’re playing our own stuff,” says lead singer Aaron.

Drummer Daran McCann adds: “Not a lot of people are willing to put their trust in you when you’re playing brand new stuff but we’re just taking it one day at a time and hoping the music speaks for itself.”

Song contest organiser Gerry McLaughlin who runs a number of Inishowen music festivals says he firmly believes the Derry band have a big future.

“ I would say they are the most exciting band I’ve heard around here since The Plea – who are now going on to great things both nationally and internationally. For a full review of Deadpool and an interview with the band, see Sunday’s Journal.