We were very lucky recently when we got a chance to speak with founding member of BELL X1 David Geraghty,
We sat down with him to discuss his most recent band JOIN ME IN THE PINES as they prepare to release their second album.
David Geraghty is most well-known as a founding member of Bell X1 but in recent years he has been exploring a new solo direction under the moniker “Join Me in the Pines”.
JMITP release their highly anticipated second album Monomania on August 30th 2019. Monomania brims with David’s distinctive vocal and songwriting style but this time he has ventured into an edgy 80s synth-pop world with hints of funk, conjuring shades of Prince, Bowie, Grace Jones and Donna Summer. The album was mixed by the masterful Ross Dowling (James Vincent McMorrow, Talos, Brian Deady) and will be released on Decal Records. In advance of the release, renowned Irish music blogger Nialler9 exclusively premiered the video for ‘She Steps into the Light’ on Thursday August 1st.
Can you tell us about the other members of the group?
We are joined on stage by Marc Aubele (Bell X1, The Walls), Mick Major (Bon Ton Rouler) and Tim O’Donovan (Neosupervital, Bell X1). Recently, the band were invited to open for the legendary Hall & Oates at Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens and Cork’s Marquee, and for the wonderful David Gray, also at Cork’s Marquee.
Tell us how the summer festival season has been treating you?
This summer the band have played to audiences at Vantastival, Forbidden Fruit and Kaleidoscope, steadily growing their fanbase, and will cap it all off with a slot at Electric Picnic on August 30th.
The same date we launch our new album and we can’t wait to perform some of the tracks off the new album.
Tell us about your other achievements in the music industry.
As a member of Bell X1, I have released seven studio albums to date.
In addition to this, Geraghty released two solo albums under his own name. In 2014, David decided to delineate his solo work by giving it a new name, and so “Join Me in the Pines” was born.
David is a five-time Choice Music Prize nominated multi-instrumentalist and composer. In recent years, his solo output has caught the ear of film directors, allowing David to turn his talents towards composing for film and TV. His first project, a short film called The Crush, went on to be nominated for an Academy Award. Subsequent projects have won at Athens, Baton Rouge, Galway and Berlinale film festivals.
We would like to wish David and the rest of JOIN ME IN THE PINES the very best with their new album release on August 30th.
You can catch the band in the following venues in October.
Join Me in the Pines will follow up Monomania’s release with a tour in October. These dates are:
Fri 11 Oct The Commercial – LIMERICK
Sat 12 Oct The Black Gate Theatre – GALWAY
Fri 18 Oct Coughlan’s – CORK
Sat 19 Oct Lost Lane – DUBLIN