Ewords and photos by Shabnam Ferdowsi
Meet Oh Boland, a trio of dudes from Tuam, County Galway, Ireland. I found their music while searching for local bands, and instantly fell for their lo-fi, guitar-powered pop. For our photoshoot, we headed to Salt Hill beach in Galway, where I had a ton of fun capturing the boys' shenanigans. Then we sat down to chat over some beer and cider, and hung out for a few more hours before realizing how deep into their lives we'd gone.
They chatted about growing up in their small town of Tuam, about a 40 minute bus ride outside of the city. They were creating the music scene as they went, putting on shows in parish halls and garages, and embodying the "all ages" vibe. Through the mentorship of local artist So Cow, they started diving into their "garage rock" sound, currently listening to bands like Parquet Courts and Thee Oh Sees.
The band is a part of a couple artist collectives that I loved hearing about. Citog is based in Galway, and what started off as a weekly showcase series has turned into a community of artists helping one another out, trying to build a more involved scene in the small city. Popical Island in Dublin runs on on a similar mentality, except that they hone a more distinct sound, and have their own space in the city centre where artists can rehearse, record, hang out, and put on shows.
They've got an album already recorded and ready to go, and it's just a matter of finding the right time (and label) to release it. Last weekend they opened for Speedy Ortiz, next month they open for METZ. It's an exciting time for them, I'd say, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what the near future can bring for these guys!
Listen to a snippet from our interview and check the photos from our hang below::