A hot new band featuring Killybegs musician Charles Byrne are making the headlines this week.
The Riot Tapes - Chris O’Brien, Elaine Doyle, Tim Clarke, Robert Crosbie, Graham Dunne and Charles - were all over Monday’s episode of the Apprentice like a rash.
Boss Bill Cullen tasked the teams with producing a compliation CD for a band, chosen from a short list of 30 Irish acts. That short list had been culled from more than 1,500 entries.
The Riot Tapes Chris O’Brien recalls finding out that they’d made the shortlist. “The Daily Mail ran a contest without telling anyone what it was about. It was the weirdest contest I’ve ever seen because it didn’t have any description of the prize.
“It was basically: ‘Send an mp3 to this address along with a paragraph about the band.’
“We entered and two months later, we got an email saying, ‘Congratulations! We’re still not going to tell you what it’s about but you’ve made it to the shortlist!’”
Hot Press ran a profile on The Riot Acts this week, ahead of their appearance on The Apprentice. Ireland’s top music publication also heralded their big gig in Dublin this Saturday, at Grand Social, where they are co-headlining with Storyfold.
Then, the team that chose The Riot Tapes for their compilation went on to win this week’s task.
This means that the alternative/indie band will be one of 10 featured on on the CD, which will be distributed free with this Saturday’s Irish Daily Mail.
Chris said yesterday: “It’s a big break for us and we couldn’t be more excited!”
He’s just hoping for one thing more. “Starting tomorrow morning, please call your favourite radio station and request our new single, photograph, as well.”