Ham Sandwich have evolved, as evidenced by last year’s Illuminate – a masterclass in unadulterated pop, and one of the best things to come out of the country in 2014. The eagerly awaited new album, Stories From The Surface marks a significant departure from the highly regarded White Fox. The album will be promoted with a national tour, and we suggest you try to catch the band live.
“The biggest change about this new album,” admits Podge, “is that we’re majorly fussy about it. Most artists will say that the best ideas come easy, without much effort in the creative process, but that’s debateable. Throughout the gathering of the new material, we worked very hard and had many ideas for each song. Ultimately, we didn’t want to write anything contrived.”
“The longevity of White Fox helped us to become more assured,” remarks Niamh, “especially in our live shows. That has a knock-on effect on going in to record new material – it’s an absolute boost.”
“Musically, we’re braver,” adds Podge. “By saying that, we’re not trying to show off our improvement as a band, we’re just celebrating it.”
Produced and recorded by Karl Odlum
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in New York (St.Vincent, The National, War on Drugs, Bruce Springsteen, Talking Heads, Paul Simon, John Lennon)
Mixed by Danny Kalb (Beck, Ben Harper, Karen O, Rilo Kiley, Neon Neon)
Recorded in Dublin, Ireland – Westland Studios, Windmill Lane Studios, and Bow Lane Studios
This stunning video was produced and directed by BQ & Chrome and stars Limerick actor Peter McGlynn in what can only be described as “unworldly”!
HamsandwicH ::: Stories From The Surface Tour :::
14th Feb – St. Valentines Day Festival – Dublin City Corporation – Temple Bar – acoustic performance
13th Mar – Set Theatre, Kilkenny
5th Apr – The Cinema Club Stage, Oldcastle
10th Apr – Roisin Dubh, Galway
11th Apr – INEC, Killarney
24th Apr – Kavanaghs, Portlaoise
25th Apr – Dolans, Limerick
1st May – Shortts, Waterford
2nd May – Cyprus Avenue, Cork
9th May – Spirit Store, Dundalk
29th May – THE OLYMPIA THEATRE, Dublin
More dates tbc; check website.
HamsandwicH: Niamh Farrell (vocals), Podge McNamee (guitar/vocals), David McEnroe (bass guitar), Brian Darcy (guitar/keyboards), Ollie Murphy (drums).