Irish band Hometown speak to the Journal ahead of this week’s Greencastle gig

Irish boyband Hometown
Irish boyband Hometown

Ireland’s newest and hottest boyband have told how they are “very excited” to be performing in Greencastle this weekend.

‘Hometown’ have already topped the charts twice and are generating a huge buzz in the UK after releasing their first single there this week.

The band’s Dean Gibbons spoke to the ‘Journal’ as he and Hometown’s five other members Dayl Cronin, Ryan McLoughlin, Cian Morton, Brendan Murray and Josh Grey travelled to Southampton as part of an extensive radio tour.

He told how they “never expected” the positive reaction in Ireland to their first two singles ‘Where I Belong’ and ‘Cry for Help’ and also gave fans a glimpse into what they can expect from their Greencastle show on Sunday.

He said: “Everyone who comes to see us is a little surprised at our show. As a band, we’re all about the vocals, that’s our thing. But we also don’t take ourselves too seriously. We like to have a bit of fun too.”

Dean said the band has always enjoyed a great reaction and welcome in this part of the world and are really looking forward to returning.

He said: “We’ve been up one or two times and we’ve been really surprised at the level of support we got. A lot of our fans contact us on social media and we get to know them so look forward to seeing them.”

Hometown were set up by Louis Walsh, who enjoyed years of success with Boyzone and Westlife.Dean told how Louis has described them as a ‘new Take That’ adding they were a “hard act to follow.”

He said: “But, even to be compared to them or to One Direction is amazing. We hope to have the success those bands have had. That would be fantastic.”

They’re certainly going in the right direction and have received the support of some of the biggest names in the music industry, with their first two singles written by Kodaline and Ed Sheeran.

“We could not believe it when we heard Kodaline wrote ‘Where I Belong,’ along with Jamie Scott, who wrote ‘Story Of My Life’ and other big songs like that,” said Dean.

“ We were listening to it and I knew in the first few words it was Kodaline. It was amazing and they liked what we did with it as well. I think everyone expected us to release a ballad, but we knew we had to find ourselves as a band with our first single. I don’t think anyone expected the success of the first two singles. We hoped they’d do well in the charts but to knock Ed Sheeran off the top of the charts and Bruno Mars - to us it was madness. There’s no way to describe that.”

Hometown has recently been on tour with popular band ‘The Vamps’ and Dean said the experience has shown them about life on the road.

He said: “It was great for us because we got to see what being on the road is all about and then meeting the guys and seeing they’re real people, just like us.”

Hometown will perform in Greencastle Community Centre on August 2nd as part of this year’s Regatta and Festival. Tickets, priced at 20 euro, which will give priority entry, are available at Centra stores Moville and Muff, Supervalu Carndonagh, The Coffee Tree Derry and the centre. Call 074 93 81054 for more information.

This is an indoors events and a host of local talent will support Hometown on the night. Hometown will be staying in the local area overnight and will do a meet and greet with fans after the show.