When it comes to the concepts of local and organic they don’t come much more local and organic than the new album from Derry band John Deery and the Heads.
‘Echoes’ was recorded during a special two hour live performance by the band in the Echo Echo Dance Theatre in March. There are 25 tracks on the album.
Known colloquially as ‘The Heads’, John and his band have been going since 2010 and have three studio albums under their belt but ‘Echoes’ was the first time they had ever attempted something so ambitious as a two hour long live album.
“None of this would have been possible had it not been for the amazing talent of Barry Davis at the Echo Echo Dance Theatre.
“Although it was the band who played all the music on the night it was Barry who helped to bring the album together and ensure it turned out just the way we wanted it.”
A small crowd of approximately 100 people were at the special recording and John said it was precisely because of that that the band found the experience so rewarding.
“It made a change from playing in bars and clubs - the people who were there the night we recorded the album paid to be there. They wanted to be there and they wanted to listen to the music - that made our jobs really easy.”
‘The Heads’ are made up from a dynamic list of local talent including, John Deery (lead vocals and guitar), Matt Deery (electric guitar and vocals), Oisin Cannon (acoustic guitar and vocals), Grahame Bradley (bass guitar and vocals) and Stephen Sheridan (drums/percussion).
“This live album was such an ambitious thing for the band to do,” said John. “But I am delighted we pulled it off. I really like the way the album sounds - the Echo Echo Dance Theatre is a remarkable place for a concert.”
John has been writing and performing music for almost 20 years and all his and the band’s work has been made independently with no help from any record company.
“The good thing about making music on your own is that it gives you the chance to take it which ever direction you want it to go in,” said John. “That’s not to say we would ever turn down a record deal,” he laughed.
The recording of ‘Echoes’ made such an impression on John and the rest of ‘The Heads’ that it is hoped that a film about the recording process will be released later this year.
“I can’t convey to you just how amazing it was recording this album,” said John.
“We recorded everything on the night using a video camera so we will be releasing a documentary of the recording of the album later this year.”
I can’t convey to you just how amazing it was recording this albumJohn Deery - ‘John Deery and the Heads’
John and ‘The Heads’ have just recently returned from playing the Kyles Festival in Scotland. The band played songs from their three studio albums. As soon as the summer festival road show is over ‘The Heads’ will commence work on their fourth studio album which should go on general release later this year.
“We played some of our new material on the night we recorded ‘Echoes’ and it went down really well.
“‘Echoes’ is currently available to buy exclusively from our website and depending on how sales go we could release it as a hard copy in the future,” added John.
‘Echoes’ is out now and costs £9.99 to download from www.john