A soaring paean to their Northern Irish culture, The Answer bring to life a land of "heroes, criminals and stars." Referencing influences such as Van Morrison, Alex Higgins and Rory Gallagher, the song not only acknowledges the success of local boys made good but also tips a hat to the many diverse local characters and talent that make up this unique landscape of ‘Irish-ness’. Welcome also to the world of ‘Crazy Joe’ and the 'Mystery Men’, a fictional band of armchair socialists and freedom fighters whose alcohol-induced views dissipate into reality with every passing sunrise.
Says singer Cormac Neeson, “The song is about growing up in Northern Ireland and the sense of cultural identity that such an upbringing spawns. It’s a very colourful and wonderful place, at times contradictory, at times tragic but always unique and oh so memorable. It’s something we’re all very proud of; our little land has been responsible for its fair share of heroes, criminals and stars!”
With 'In This Land', The Answer have gone back to their roots and rediscovered their inner selves bringing to the fore a much more contemporary and mainstream sound, utilising acoustic guitars, mandolins and layered chorus harmonies. Never have they sounded so fresh and this new sonic approach has garnered some of the best international reviews the band have ever had:
“Songs that seem to have been received more than written. The poetry, madness, anger, frustration, the gentle reflective nature of the quieter moments. It’s all there with an honesty and clarity than cannot be denied” (Pop Matters)
“Solas is an outstanding collection of songs. It’s perhaps Kashmir, Led Zeppelin at their most dramatic” (The Daily Mirror)
“Something has happened to The Answer; a new found sophistication, an unmistakable quantum leap forward” (Team Rock)
Following on from a sold out November 2016 UK run, the band have announced eight further UK headline shows to support the 'In This Land' release including a headline slot at the Planet Rock Winters End festival in Dorset.
Feb 24th - Dublin, Academy 2 - http://bit.ly/2i8Hzeg
Feb 25th - Belfast, Limelight - http://bit.ly/2i8Drv2
Feb 26th - Dorset, Winters End Festival (Headliners) - http://bit.ly/2i8HzuM
Feb 28th - Bristol, Fleece & Firkin - http://bit.ly/2i8CWkJ
Mar 1st - Cardiff, Globe - http://bit.ly/2i8zh6n
Mar 2nd - Southampton, Engine Rooms - http://bit.ly/2i8M0pB
Mar 3rd - Manchester, Band On The Wall - http://bit.ly/2i8A4V3
Mar 4th - Nottingham, Rescue Rooms - http://bit.ly/2i8DtmE
The Answer are firmly embarked upon a new musical and creative journey and 'In This Land' should propel them firmly into the mainstream consciousness.
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