Brave Giant is no ‘Flash in the Pan’

By Aoife Carberry

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For Longford band Brave Giant, 2015 was an unforgettable year, which saw them play their first headline gig in the Backstage Theatre, before performing to a packed-out Whelan’s in Dublin, a gig they described as ‘crazy’.

“About 200 people came up from home and absolutely packed Whelan’s,” recalled band member Mark Prunty.

This year, however, is set to be even better, as the band look forward to releasing their debut EP and getting back into the studio.

The band started life as ‘Dutch Courage’ in 2011, with Mark and fellow guitarist and singer Podge Gill performing their first gig at their friend’s 21st birthday. When they were joined by Ross McNerney (banjo and mandolin) in 2013, they changed their name to Poroma as they directed their attention at writing and performing their own original material. When the band first secured a spot at the renowned Marquee in Drumlish festival, they were joined for the gig by drummer Emmett Collum, who later turned down the opportunity to return to the USA to stay with the band full-time.

Just months later, bassist David Kilbride came on board to complete the line-up, and before long, Brave Giant was born.

It wasn’t an easy transition, however. While the band members worked together perfectly on stage and in studio, the name was a point of frustration as they racked their brains for a moniker that would match their unique sound.

“So many people suggested ‘the country boys’, and all that sort of thing,” Mark laughed, as Podge interjected with, “the lovely lads!”

“Names can be pretty much anything nowadays, like as in ‘Imagine Dragons’,” Mark continued. “There’s so many names, iconic names, but before they were iconic they were silly names, so we kind of wanted something like that.

“If you say ‘One Republic’, ‘Brave Giant’, ‘Imagine Dragons’ all in one sentence, it doesn’t sound out of place,” Mark continued.

It wasn’t a decision that was reached quickly however, as Emmett told Midlands Arts and Culture Magazine, “It came up really early and then we just forgot about it.”

Admitting that they were ‘sick of thinking of names’, Ross added; “I think what won us over was seeing it visually.”

Worries that the new name would alienate Poroma’s followers thankfully proved to be unfounded when, in just three days, Brave Giant hit 1,000 likes on Facebook, a feat which took them three years as Poroma.

With the necessary admin out of the way, and now signed to Collective Management (the same PR company as Gavin James) the band’s full attention turned to their EP, recorded between Transmission studios, Drumlish and The Vibe studio, Drumshanbo, and the official release of its lead single ‘Lordy Lordy’ which dropped in March.

“We’re hoping that will kind of open up some avenues for us,” Mark said of the EP. “The main thing is to get airplay.

“We’ve the EP recorded now and we have any amount of songs ready,” he continued.

Indeed, the band are already starting to get some national attention, with Fergal D’Arcy attending their gig in Whelan’s, after the band had appeared on his Today FM show. They were also thrilled to be invited to record U2’s ‘One’ as part of the 100 Artists for Tony Fenton event, which saw them join the likes of Delorentos, Róisín O and Hudson Taylor on the track.

While the months preceding Christmas were filled up with countless gigs and appearances, the band, as Ross pointed out, are “working behind the scenes” to ensure that their upcoming releases go as smoothly as possible.

“It’s a matter of building up a fanbase and network so it’s not just going to be a flash in the pan,” Podge stated, before Mark concluded; “When we made the plan back this time last year, we said we wanted to do it right.

“We’re looking forward to it and we’re optimistic.”

To keep up to date with Brave Giant and for news on their debut single ‘Lordy Lordy’ and its new video, search for the band on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.