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‘The Meath band have been compared to the Pixies and American indie darlings Joyzipper, thanks to the compelling guy-girl vocals.’ |
‘5 to watch’, Irish Independent, 3 Dec 2004
‘We called ourselves Ham Sandwich, not because we like sandwiches or because of the sexual innuendo or to get away from the ubiquitous-prefix-followed-by-esoteric-noun formula that most bands follow but because we couldn’t give a fuck what our gang is called, the stupider the better. It’s a bit of a blessing I guess, no-one ever forgets the name and it makes us work harder. It is always going to be next to impossible to market a band called ‘Ham Sandwich’ because the name’s not cool, sexy or arty which means we’ve got to produce really good pop songs, play really good live and kick our own arses to get any success. Then it’s funny when we’re reading things about us or being played on the radio cause we know that the DJ or reviewer saw the name probably laughed their bollox off expecting a novelty record, played it, liked it and gave us a good review or aired our record. I guess we’re experiencing the anguish of an early Engelbert Humperdick.’
Ham Sandwich are Podge McNamee, Niamh Farrell, John Moore, Darcy and Ollie Murphy. Moore put the idea of playing together forward at a crucifixion party on Good Friday, 2003. He had known extrovert frontman Podge since they were toddlers, met Darcy in English class where they shared the same teacher credited with inspiring Tommy Tiernan, Dylan Moran and Hector. Drummer Ollie Murphy he met during a bizarre accident involving a thumb ring and a fire engine and the stunning Niamh he befriended soon after she returned to Dublin after 8 years in Glasgow.
Their songs are mostly inspired by relationships deteriorating to the point of blossoming with someone else and many early ideas for songs such as ‘Sad Songs’ and ‘Heartbreaker’ were penned while Moore worked the graveyard shift in a dilapidated psychiatric hospital. Their unique sound is built around the dovetail vocals of Niamh and Podge flying against a sky cloudy with catchy yet intricate guitars.
Having a crap name isn’t that much of a handicap to them once they can produce the goods. On the strength of their demo ‘Sad Songs’ they’ve toured with My Morning Jacket, Whitesnake, Joyzipper and others, declined a very lucrative deal to have a song used in world-wide ad campaign for a leading MP3 manufacturer and had Bono urge them to change their name
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