Emmet Scanlan & What the Good Thought release ‘Superstore Flowers’ on 31 January, the first single from their album Hands due for release in late 2020. The single could be lifted from the soundtrack to a 1950s spaghetti-western with its energetic classical guitar and breakneck speed vocals. ’Superstore Flowers’ is a snapshot of the diversity of the band, with Emmet singing about ’turning a blind eye’ to our own imperfections in this three-and-a-half-minute tale.
Emmet was born and bred in Newcastlewest in Limerick but a passion for music drew him to arts-mecca Galway, where the band was formed in 2005. The aim was to create a distinctive sound, incorporating many genres and musicians from different backgrounds. The current line-up consists of an Irishman, Swedes, a New Zealander, and a few Englishmen, and the band’s sound is a hybrid of folk, blues, soul and roots. A blending of slightly unusual instrumentation also helps to set them apart, with cello/classical guitar/congas supplementing the more conventional drums/bass/electric.
Emmet Scanlan & What the Good Thought have played at Electric Picnic, Galway Arts Festival, Wickerman Festival in Scotland and The International Folk Alliance in Memphis (twice!), and they have shared the stage with many household names including Femi Kuti, Badly Drawn Boy, Damien Rice and Jack L. 2019 sees them take to the road again, playing festivals and their own smaller gigs in support of the forthcoming album Hands.
Hands has had a long journey on the way to its release this year. It was initially completed ten years ago, after a gruelling three years to make it, but low on funds and energy, and following an independent release and some praise from the press, the band shelved the album as the time was not right. After a number of years and many gigs, the songs of Hands took on new life, injected with a more confrontational full band sound, and Emmet decided to strip the tracks back to just the bare bones of classical guitar, cello and percussion, and rebuild. The result is an album the band are very proud of and can’t wait to share with their fans.
Thursday March 5th BelloBar, Dublin 8 – Doors 8pm – Tickets €10
Friday March 6th The Crane Bar, Galway – Doors 9.30pm – Tickets €8
Saturday March 7th Clearys Bar (Window Sessions), Newcastlewest. Doors 9.30pm/Free
Sunday March 8th Bru Bar, Cork – Doors 9pm/Free
Sunday March 8th The Crane Lane, Cork – Doors 11.30pm/Free