Sharply contrasting male and female vocals will be the defining feature of Kells indie rock five-piece Ham Sandwich, with Podge McNamee’s flourishing bass an ideal foil for lead singer Niamh Farrell’s sweeter pitches. The band’s uncommon title astutely shows its left-field pop sensibilities, which stretch out in the sludgy alternative rock and roll of Pixies as well as the Smashing Pumpkins as well as the loud shoegaze stylings of My Bloody Valentine and Whipping Boy towards the altogether nicer pure pop noises from the Flaming Lip area. Ham Sandwich started to consider form on Great Friday 2003 in the instigation of Podge McNamee, Johnny Moore, and Niamh Farrell. Moore and McNamee experienced become close friends while at college in the historical city of Kells, Region Meath, once a monastery site that experienced given birth towards the popular Publication of Kells, but at that time experienced become a satellite television city of Dublin. Niamh Farrell is definitely a Dublin indigenous who experienced spent the majority of her adolescence in Glasgow, Scotland, and experienced fulfilled Moore through function upon her come back in her early twenties. The three hatched the theory to create a music group at a “crucifixion party,” and started rehearsals in earnest. McNamee turned from acoustic guitar to vocals to acoustic guitar and vocals. Moore found the bass acoustic guitar, while Farrell required on the part of business lead vocalist. Lead guitarist Brian Darcy (known just as “Darcy”) and drummer Ollie Murphy had been quickly drafted as the very best Kells experienced to provide, completing the band’s long term lineup. In order to you shouldn’t be typecast as another “the…” indie rock-band, the five used minimal suggestive moniker they could muster, ultimately settling upon the name Ham Sandwich. Quite towards the in contrast, the title is becoming something of the sticking stage — parts of the Irish press and U2 mainman Bono possess all advocated a name switch — and it is if anything an apt indication of their left-field pop sensibilities. A yr of behind-the-scenes jamming and composing approved before Ham Sandwich had been moved to execute their 1st gig in Kells, a representation of the individual and thoughtful strategy that would observe them type their own self-employed label, Path 109 Records, called for the bus path between Kells and Dublin, and launch five singles before unveiling their debut record in 2008. Path 109 released its 1st Ham Sandwich solitary, “Sad Music,” in August of 2005 and implemented it with “St. Christopher” in January of the next calendar year. Though neither one charted, Ham Sandwich’s reputation was already in a way that they could offer out well-known Dublin place Whelan’s for the start of the last mentioned. “Words” became the 3rd one in Sept of 2006; a functionality at the sought after underground music celebration Hard Working Course Heroes implemented in October; as well as the group celebrated Valentine’s week 2007 with one number 4, “Click…Click…Increase!” The rest of the entire year was spent piecing jointly debut record Carry the Meek with manufacturer Karl Odlum (founding person in Kila) among opening slot machine games with My Morning hours Jacket, Electric powered Six, and, strangely enough, Whitesnake. Fifth one “Keepsaker” premiered in January of 2008 as well as the group was quickly afterward offered the Expect 2008 award on the Meteor Irish Music Honours, an honor that acquired previously been bestowed upon Royseven and Republic of Loose. Carry the Meek premiered in Feb and debuted at amount 23 in the Irish record charts, staying in the very best 40 for a month. The record was subsequently released in britain in May.