Music from the Heart

Pontious Pilate & The Naildrivers - Chemistry (single)

Pontious Pilate & The Naildrivers have been writing, performing and independently releasing their own music for a number of years now, to a loyal and growing audience. Now, in association with FIFA Records, comes their latest single ‘Chemistry’, taken from their full-length debut album due out later this year, “Kick The Megaphone”.

Kick the Megaphone', which was recorded last year in Kitten Lane Studio's and co-produced by the band themselves, has a mixture of styles from the raucous ska/punk energy the Naildrivers have become known for, to the R&B soulfulness of tunes like 'Chemistry' and 'Daddy Say's', the stripped back rawness of vocal and guitar new track 'Tragedy Plus Time', to the quasi mariachi speed ballad of 'Ring a Rosie'.

Since its founding in 2005, Cork label FIFA Records have continuously worked with exciting new Irish talent (Fight Like Apes, Elastic Sleep, The Vincent(s), Hope is Noise, Dae Kim, Saint Yorda) as well as releasing material from established names on the Irish indie scene such as The Frank & Walters, Emperor of Ice Cream, August Wells, Whipping Boy and The Would Be’s. As with all other musicians and performers, the loss of live shows has been unavoidable, but Pontious Pilate and The Naildrivers can look forward to an already sold-out headline show in Dundalk’s The Spirit Store later this year. Frontman Sean McDonnell says: “Hopefully, all going well, there’ll be a few more opportunities to blow up the stage sooner rather than later.”

Chemistry follows on from last years two extremely well received singles ‘Own Your Spectrum’ and ‘Ring a Rosie’ which both caught the ear of DJ’s both in Ireland and further afield. It perfectly illustrates the diversity of styles that the Naildrivers can command, with its semi funk driven intro and verse to the four to the floor anthemic chorus. It’s a song about the dilemma of being alone in a crowd and wondering, given the crowd, is that such a bad thing.

"Conversations left and right
Yet you sat in silence
Is it really worth your while?
To just sit there and smile"

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