Success has been ten years in the making

The Riptide Movement.
The Riptide Movement.

You may not have heard of The Riptide Movement – yet. But I’m sure by the end of this summer you will be very familiar with their work.

Mal is on lead vocals, Ger is on bass, JP plays lead and Gar is on drums.

The Dublin four piece have been an overnight success in Ireland – ten years in the making.

They released their third album last year which went to number one in the Irish charts. They also had a huge top ten hit single and won ‘The Meteor Choice Music Prize’ which is the equivalent to our Mercury Music Prize.

After conquering their homeland, the next stop is the UK and literally their first stop is a visit to The Bay Studios. They travelled all night on the ferry from Dublin for the early morning session with us. According to Mal, “We did a gig in Dublin last night, got the overnight ferry and then drove to you. Sleep is for wimps!”

The guys have found the last twelve months a whirlwind. JP explained, “It’s been a great year.

“We released the album in Ireland and we got to number one with it and its been a gold seller. So incredible. Its open a lot of doors for us. We are now touring the UK, then Germany and Australia later in the year.”

The album that has caused such a fuss in the Emerald Isle, ‘Getting Through,’ is released here in June.

Mal described the album to me. “It’s a very upbeat record. I guess it’s a bit of rock and roll and a bit of indie. The lyrics are quite soulful too plus there are one or two mellow tracks on there. All in all its an album we are really proud of.”

The guys started a decade ago busking on the famous Grafton Street in Dublin. Ger told me, “Grafton Street was great for us at the time, we really enjoyed it but at the same time we are glad not to be doing that anymore.”

Despite all the success in their homeland, the boys have no airs and graces. Some of the bands that visit us have more people in the entourage than are actually in the group. Not these lads. They tour the country in a battered old transit van with their logo on the side. They take it in turns to do the driving.

They are such a genuine bunch of guys, I hope their album is a massive success here.