Plec Picks 2016 act Bagels have changed their name to Search Party Animal and will play their first show under their new moniker this Saturday (May 14th) in Hangar, Dublin. However, the name change does not signal a change in sound for the Dundrum five-piece famed for their swashbuckling live performances. RIP Bagels. Long live Search Party Animal
— Goldenplec, May 2016
Every year the GoldenPlec community of writers and photographers get together for a natter about which artists we expect to explode on the music scene in the year ahead. We have selected our ‘Plec Picks’ for 2016 and the list encompasses a wide range of artists, highlighting some of the best bands and solo artists currently active in Ireland. We here at GoldenPlec have been big fans of Bagels for some time now, with the five-piece having first caught our attention with a barnstorming set in the Dimestore tent at Knockanstockan in 2014.
— Goldenplec, Plec Picks 2016
‘To An End’ exudes an effortless indie-pop style with its pop-centred vocals and its bright guitar tones. Kids they may still be but ‘To An End’ shows they’ve had a big headstart’
— Nialler9, November 2015
A simply infectious debut single that makes a lasting impression, Bagels’ first outing ‘To An End’ is so self-assured it’s honestly hard to believe this is a band only finding their feet.
— The Mixed Tape, November 2015
Bagels are four young lads from Dundrum. We’re talking really young; they’re 16. That’s the last I’ll mention or want to hear of it as Bagels are not ‘good for their age’ – they’re just good. Really good. Their Dimestore Stage set on Saturday evening 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). Go see Bagels as soon as possible.
— Knockanstockan Review -