Last year saw Cars Love Girls crash onto the Irish music scene with a verve that was impossible to ignore. And now they’re finally getting a chance to show music lovers in Mullingar what all the hype is about. The brother and sister duo play John Dalys on Friday March 9 - the same day they release their debut album.
The duo featuring Bres (guitar, vocals ) and Orla (vocals ) released their debut single ‘Lose Your Mind’ last October to huge support from the critical mass, having already built up a steady fan base throughout an all encompassing Irish tour with former Blizzard’s front man Bressie.
In the months following, Cars Love Girls racked up appearances at some of the paramount showcase events on the Irish calendar in 2011, such as Hard Working Class Heroes, the IMRO showcase, and FM104’s Help A Dublin Child, while also making time for a headline gig in Dublin’s Crawdaddy and supporting The Coronas at their sell out Olympia show.
But who would have expected anything less from a brother and sister duo that cut their musical teeth in The Republic of Loose, one of the greatest Irish bands of the past decade?
As a founding member of the Loose, Bres co-wrote some of the band’s hit singles (’You Know It’, ‘Comeback Girl’, ‘The Steady Song’, ‘I Like Music’ ). Orla joined as a female vocalist in 2006, while also working hard behind the scenes in the music industry. They toured together extensively in Europe and the U.S, even landing a historical supporting slot with U2 on their 360 tour in Croke Park.
Combining their shared love of retro R’n’B and pop, the duo’s sound has developed from a vast array of influences including Prince, Prefab Sprout, Hall & Oates, The Time, and Steely Dan.
Bres and Orla spent the past year penning their debut album Skip School, an energetic funk-fuelled nod to those who find their own path in life. The 10 track collection was recorded over six months with the help of renowned jazz drummer Diego Ramirez, Eamon Griffen on bass, Declan Quinn (Republic of Loose ), and Phil Hayes (Bell X1 / Delorentoes ), with final touches provided by one of the most prominent names in mastering, Bernie Grundman (Carol King’s Tapestry, Steely Dan’s Aja, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Prince’s Purple Rain ).
Cars Love Girls play John Dalys, Mullingar on Friday March 9.