Engine Alley – Song For Someone

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I often wonder how bands who existed before the internet might have fared if they had muscled in on the affections of the blogosphere. The trail of dead bands with potential to burn is long and disturbing. Kilkenny’s Engine Alley were one victim of a fickle world but indications are that they are going to give it one last go and perhaps snag a few bloggers along the way to boost their profile. Engine Alley features 2 siblings in Canice (vocals) and Brian Kenealy (guitars), Eamon Byrne (bass) and an army of rotating drummers. Their debut ‘A Sonic Holiday’ on U2’s Mother Records label was released in 1992 and was produced by Steve Lillywhite. Ken Rice was responsible for the orchestral swirls, which polished what were already sweet pop thrills. ‘Song For Someone’ included the vocal charms of Emmaline Duffy-Fallon who was the drummer at the time but left before album number two came along. The gentle playing softly augments a lullaby that unfolds gently before your very ears. KD

Engine Alley – Song For Someone

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More Info: Official & Myspace
Buy Album: [UK] A Sonic Holiday [US] Engine Alley
Year: 1992

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  1. June 10, 2007
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    Gosh! That brings me back to undergraduate years. Wow. I’ve been on the look out for Engine Alley stuff for yonks. Thanks for sharing.They played a gig in Dublin last night I believe!

  2. June 10, 2007
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    Great Tune.. I think they’re playing somewhere very soon.. Although I could be very wrong..

  3. June 10, 2007
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    Yep, they played Whelans last nite and it was a good gig by all accounts.

  4. June 11, 2007
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    They’ve been playing in Kilkenny on and off for the last year or two and had a gig in Cleere’s at the weekend. I’m not a fan of these reunion things. I was a fan of theirs at the time but they weren’t widely feted and never had a huge fan base. You’d wonder why they are trying to rekindle the old days when the old days weren’t exactly that brilliant on reflection. There’s a rake of Irish bands reforming of late but most of them were shite in the first place. There’s a great YouTube video of them playing the Late Late Show with Canice in his Ziggy Stardust catsui. The faces of horror on most of the audience says it all.

  5. June 12, 2007
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    Fuck me, here’s a surprise. I bought this album exclusively because of Steve Lillywhite’s involvement, and liked about half of it. Song for Someone is ace. I only tracked it down again a year or so ago. I can’t believe anyone else even knows them, but then I’m not from Ireland so maybe that’s why I’ve heard so little.

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