The Dinah Brand
The Dinah Brand is a band from Dublin, Ireland – four people all playing different musical instruments, sometimes in harmony, sometimes not. In thrall to The Byrds, Lee Dorsey, The Replacements, Little Feat, Go Betweens, Neu, Big Star and Michael Hurley, they also would like to think that songs governed by enigmatic sentiment and songs that long to be films have a place in the present global soundworld.
Like Frankenstein’s sad monster, The Dinah Brand are made up of parts of old bands exhumed and re-animated: D. Phillips of Pet Lamb, S. Ryan of The Stars Of Heaven and The Revenants, G. Ward of Jackbeast and D. Lacey of Three Ring Psychosis, Legion Of Two and The Jackson 5. Sometimes they are graced by the presence and skill of the artist John Hegarty.
Formed circa 2003 they released one album, Pale Monkey Blues, to mild critical acclaim; which featured delicate songs of fractured beauty and tales of farce and tragedy. They also released a devotional little tune called “Perfect And Whole” on a split single with the Tycho Brahe. In the many intervening years since those releases Dinah Brand has been experiencing life to its fullest and most incomprehensible in order to collate and harness these experiences into musical drama for your delectation and enjoyment.
“I Can Walk Through picks up where the first LP left off: quietly literate, thoughtful, country-hued songs” – Uncut Magazine
“Beautifully melodic…there’s an all-too-rare glow in hearing old hands making music just for the sheer pleasure of it” – RTÉ
“An excellent collection of off-kilter alt-country tunes” – News of the World
“The songs are shrouded in calm, guitar-led rock/pop that will be bliss to the ears of those who appreciate The Byrds, The Replacements, Big Star and Go Betweens. Music from blokes with lives to live outside music? Why not when it’s this good?” – The Irish Times
“This is intelligent and thoughtful music…’I Can Walk Through’ is a beautiful record” – Americana UK
“Compelling lyricism that delves into the human psyche” – Maverick Magazine
“There is soul in these songs, not in an old-fashioned sense but a timeless one, heartfelt, yearning, sincere and wishful, and as such this album could be played at any point over the last fifty years or more and find itself new friends” – Harmless Noise
“The Dinah Brand have succeeded in producing one of the most laidback albums of 2010″ – The Line of Best Fit