‘It’s a great way to make a living!’

The Answer will return to Derry next Friday, October 7, for a gig at the Nerve Centre. (1609JC3)
The Answer will return to Derry next Friday, October 7, for a gig at the Nerve Centre. (1609JC3)

Having played with rock giants AC/DC to over a million people, supported the The Rolling Stones, The Who and Aerosmith, The Answer are back on the road and will play the Nerve Centre next Friday, October 7, supported by Derry’s Swanee River.

The Co. Down rockers are riding high on the crest of a colossal rock & roll wave. In the past few years, the four-piece have played some of the biggest, most famous venues on the planet as part of their two-year stint with AC/DC.

Now, with a new album ‘Revival’ in the shops and hundreds of thousands of fans hanging on their every note, The Answer are making their mark.

Frontman Cormac Neeson told the ‘Journal’: “We’ll just have released our new album ‘Revival’ before we play Derry. It’s taken ten months to write and record, we were in El Paso to record it and we’re keen to get it out there.”

“It’s been a few years since we played there. Derry is one of those towns, like Belfast, where we cut our teeth at the beginning, so it will be great to get back there.”

Back in the beginning, when the band formed in Co. Down in 2000, they gigged relentlessly, intent on making people listen. And listen they did. Their debut single Keep Believin’ was released in 2005 and later that year the band were awarded ‘Best New Band’ award at the Classic Rock Awards that year. Their debut album Rise came in 2006 and went on to sell over 125,000 copies worldwide, followed by their second album, Everyday Demons, three years later.

“We try to be busy, after all, we’re now self-employed and so that helps you discipline yourself and treat it more like a job,” Cormac reveals.

“The music industry is so fickle that you have to put out quality material and make your presence felt constantly. We’ve been at this full-time for the past six years, and its definitely not getting any quieter!

“It was always the dream, and then after the release of the first album and people started to take notice, and we realised we really had a shot at this. We have worked hard, and it’s a great way to make a living!”

The Answer also did a couple of shows with the Rolling Stones, of whom Cormac says: “It was brilliant to play with our heroes.” But the real high point was being chosen to tour with AC/DC, which turned into two years of shows.

Cormac remembers how it came about. “We are massive AC/DC fans anyway, and they saw us play and that’s how we got the job basically. Initially, it was just supposed to be on the first leg of their US tour but then they kept us on for a year and a half and 118 shows! Obviously, that was massive exposure for us and thanks to touring with AC/DC, we have played to a combined audience of over a million people across the world!”

With their Nerve Centre gig just a week away, Cormac promises a night to remember. “You can expect a band hungry to entertain, and a celebration of all things rock and roll!

“Swanee River are doing all of our Irish shows with us and it will be good to get back on the road with them - they’re a quality act. I would say that Swanee River, alongside Million Dollar Reload and Trucker Diablo, are among a new blossoming generation of rock and roll acts in Ireland. It’s good to get them on board.”

‘Revival’ is out now in all good record shops. Tickets for next Friday’s gig are priced £10 from the Nerve Centre on 71.260562.