" huge talent, a killer debut EP and epic live performances"
Search Party Animal are a five-piece band from Dundrum in Dublin. They play a blend of crushing Math / Post-Rock and catchy Indie Rock, bringing an original and Irish-influenced approach to the table. Their live set is exciting, with their attitude focused on leaving nothing left unsaid after each performance.
Search Party Animal are Adam Redmond, Ciarán Byrne, Jamie Kealy, Jack Rudden and Daniel McIntyre
As for the tracks they put out, there is a freshness to be found with their unconventional combinations of math/post rock with more commonly heard indie rock sounds; being compared to bands like And So I Watch You From Afar and Enemies but also the likes of Foals, Vampire Weekend and Two Door Cinema Club.
"They’re not just good for their age - they’re just good, they’re so so good. I’d heard a few bits and pieces of their recorded stuff and I really liked them and at their gig at Knockanstockan over the weekend I was just standing there like it was ridiculous, they’re so confident and self assured and talented." Claire Beck, TXFM.
Search Party Animal started life as Bagels, with early beginnings as 12 and 13 year-olds busking on Dublin's Grafton Street, which taught them to play with an attention-grabbing mindset. After starting to gig regularly in early 2014 when they were 16, the band quickly built a reputation for a strong live set.
They have supported Irish bands All Tvvins, God Is An Astronaut and New Secret Weapon, and have also played sets at Electric Picnic 2016, Canadian Music Week 2016, Hard Working Class Heroes 2015/2016, Knockanstockan 2014-2016, Light Colour Sound and Sea Sessions 2014; with Goldenplec saying of their Knockanstockan set:
"Their Dimestore Stage set .. was a joy to watch. They bashed through a mix of originals and covers; getting tops off, jumping around and bashing upside cymbals with various instruments while the audience either bounced around getting into it (regular punters) or stared at the stage with their mouths gaping open in delight (other musicians)"
Their first EP, Stand Tall, was recorded with Torsten Kinsella of God Is An Astronaut, and their in-progress LP is being recorded with Eoin Whitfield of Enemies, tracks from that such as To An End and It's Never Been can be found in the music section.
The lads have had great support from the media, and regularly appear in interviews and live slots on radio and online.
2016 has been a big year for this band. They have all turned 18 (apart from Daniel who's quite old), schooldays are behind them,and they were proud to be added to the line-up for Canadian Music Week in Toronto in May and Electric Picnic in September.
Next up, is Other Voices in Dingle and a very proud support slot at the final Enemies gig in Vicar St on December 18th. RIP Bagels. We are Search Party Animal.
Photographs: Aaron Corr