'We can't wait to get back there'

Acclaimed Irish band The 4 of Us will play what's sure to be a stunning gig next Friday night, November 9, at Sandinos Bar.

The concert, one of many glittering gigs announced in celebration of Sandinos superb 10th Anniversary this month, coincides with the release of the band’s new single ‘Same Mistake Again’ taken from their critically acclaimed album ‘Fingerprints’, out now on EMI Records.

‘Northern Beats’ spoke to Brendan from The 4 of Us ahead of next week’s gig, and he’s looking forward to being back on familiar turf:

“We haven’t been there since 2002 and so we can’t wait until we get back to Derry. In fact, one of our first ever gigs was in Derry, at The Venue actually. We’ve played the Guildhall back in ‘89 and have been to the Nerve Centre a few times since.

“But we know quite a few people in Derry anyway, so it’ll be a great excuse to catch up with old friends.”

Brendan finds it hard to believe that the band are now in their 18th year: “I can barely believe it’s been that long - it feels like three years! But the good thing and bad thing about the music industry is that it’s constantly changing. So that keeps you on your toes really, which is good.

Creating surefire classics from the word go in 1989, the band’s debut album ‘Songs for the Tempted’ included the iconic single ‘Mary’ and marked them out as premium songwriters.

The follow up album ‘Man Alive’ included the UK Top 30 single ‘She Hits Me’ and it was nominated in Q magazine’s Top 50 Albums of that year.

The Newry band re-emerged 1999 with ‘Classified Personal’, at this point The 4 Of Us effectively became Brendan and Declan, as brother Paul left to pursue a more normal existence.

A masterful record that includes the hit single ‘Change’ and the fans favourite ‘Maybe It’s You.’ It was a record that saw the band emerge from the studio fitter, older and wiser and it raised the bar even higher for them.

2003’s ‘Heaven & Earth’ delivered the memorable ‘Voice On The Radio’ and ‘Sunlight’, one of the most played songs on Irish radio of that year.

‘Fingerprints’ is the sound of a band making high demands of itself, and Today FM’s Tom Dunne has already been calling it ‘the best album of their career’.

“We haven’t toured the North with the album until now and so far, we’ve had a fantastic reception with audiences,” Brendan went on, “We don’t gig that often so when we do, it always has a great sense of occasion to play to an audience.

“People can expect a long show, close to two hours probably. Basically our shows just keep getting longer and longer as we insist on playing every song that we think people would like to hear, we think that’s the way a good gig should be, rather than people leaving thinking - oh, I wish they’d played that..’

It’s fundamental that we have to please the audience. Although, we get such a blast out of playing all our songs so there’s never really any reason to leave any out,” he added.

Tickets for this limited capacity show are selling fast, so get yours at Cool Discs in Foyle Street: 71. 260770.

Support on the night comes from talented Dublin singer/songwriter Majella Murphy. www.the4ofus.com