Morrissey and Marshall aim for the top!

By Mary Dennehy

MELODIC duo Morrissey and Marshall are this week reaping the success of their energetic performance on the Late Late Show last Friday, with offers for gigs and festivals rolling in.

Hailing from Rathcoole and Springfield, Darren Morrissey and Greg Marshall, who are now London-based, have already caught the attention of music fans, critics and venue bookers with their mashed up folk and rock sound – which, peppered with organic harmonies and catchy, upbeat melodies, is reminiscent of music in the sixties and seventies when storytelling was a celebrated and integral part of song writing.

After storming the Late Late Show stage on Friday, with the help of their band, which includes Tallaght musicians Joe Leech, Mark Maguire and Ken Mooney, Darren and Greg are back in London promoting their new single, Cold November Sunrise.

Despite a busy schedule, Darren took five to speak with his local paper.

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How have things been since you released your debut single, I’ve Got A Plan in August 2013? 

It's been a long, amazing journey. We've since released our debut album, And So It Began, which received an incredible response, including an invite from the president to play at Aras an Uachtarain, and we have toured with the likes of Sinead O'Connor, The Magic Numbers, Damien Dempsey and The Beautiful South - unbelievable really!

How’s London working out for you? Is it a necessary move for an Irish group in terms of opportunities?

It's going great. Our management, label and studio are all in London so it's easier to base ourselves here. I don't think it's necessary for a band to move to London but there are certainly more opportunities. It's a bigger place with more venues and people so it's an exciting place to live as a musician, but we still miss Dublin every day.

Do you get homesick? What do you most miss about not being in Tallaght?

Of course! We miss the pints, craic, friends and family (in that order).

Cold November Sunrise is the new single. What’s the thinking behind the song? 

The initial idea was to lyrically write a song with John Lennon's Imagine in mind. For each verse to cover a different topic - racism, homophobia, religion, politics and all of the other things that are still as much an issue now as they were back then. Cold November Sunrise is about rising above all the bad stuff that goes on in the world, as hard as it may be sometimes.

How has the reaction been to your performance on the Late Late Show last Friday? 

It was an amazing experience and the reaction has been something else - the phone hasn't stopped with festival and gig offers since, as well as messages of love and support. I want to say thanks to everyone for flying the flag, we really appreciate it!

From listening to your songs, it seems that telling a story is important to you both. Is this something you strive to achieve?

Story telling and trying to deliver some sort of message in a song is what it's all about for us. As much as we love to hear of the love for the music and harmony, the biggest compliment is when we've been told of how we've helped people in a situation, cheered them up in tough times, helped to make a difficult decision and even how they don't feel alone when they hear some of the messages in the songs. It's the most rewarding thing in the world to know that we can help people through the words in our music.

You give the listener a lot through your music, from the harmonies to intricate melodies. How long does it take for a song to come together? Is there a process?

Thanks! However, there's no formula - each and every song is different.

Plans for 2016? Any Dublin gigs?

We're currently planning an Irish and UK tour which we're hoping to announce real soon. Keep an eye out on our social media pages!

Follow Morrissey and Marshall on Facebook or visit www.morrisseyandmarshall.com 

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