|Roper - . (Heavy Metal)|
Brian O'Brien - Vocals/Guitar
Conor O'Brien - Bass
Bryan Griffin - Guitar
Brian Meaney - Drums
Twins Brian and Conor O'Brien along with Brian Meaney have been playing together since 2002 and in October '04 discovered guitarist Bryan Griffin who was the final missing piece in the Roper puzzle. With the current line-up, Roper have produced a unique sound, described by HOTPRESS as "a whirlwind of sonic delights", winning fans in even the most unlikely audiences with their distinctive style of high energy potent melodic metal.
Roper spent 2005 gigging extensively with several gigs in their hometown of Limerick City, as well as repeat visits to Cork, Galway, Kerry, Dublin and Co.Down in Northern Ireland. The highlight of the year however was opening the first ever Irish show to the one and only Mudvayne at the Temple Bar Music Centre, Dublin in June, where other US heavy weights American Headcharge also played on the first date of Mudvayne's international tour.
Prior to that, Roper had developed a taste for competition and started 2005 by winning the first ever Miller Strat Band of the Year competition held at Limerick's Trinity Rooms venue. As part of the prize, the band produced a three-track EP entitled 'Left to Stampede' containing the title track along with 'Soul Fibre' and 'My Release'.
The recording seemed to catch the attention of the good people at Whelans of Wexford Street, Dublin, as they invited Roper to take part in their Brave New Stage band competition in April 2005. Only 20 bands were invited to participate in the heats out of 600+ entries from all over Ireland and Roper made it through to the semis and then down to the last five bands on final night. Also the band were finalists at this year's Live at the Rose competion in Tralee and got an amazing reaction from the local crowd there. It just goes to show that Ireland, traditionally a country of singer/songwriters, is hungry for something heavier - and Roper, "Limerick's high kings of hardcore metal" is just the band to deliver!!
The band are spending the start of 2006 recording a new CD which will be available in the coming months.
What people have said about Roper:
"one of Ireland's most exciting new acts...
Limerick's high kings of hardcore metal"
Alan Jacques, Limerick Leader
"If it's noise you're looking for, look no further than Roper ...a whirlwind of sonic delights, roaring guitars, stupid vocals and much mayhem"
Jackie Hayden, Hot Press
"At last noise in Limerick has a focal point. Roper."
Mike Knightson, Green & Live, Limerick's Live 95fm
"roaring riffs, screaming vocals then pure calmness;
you're gonna be roped in by them!"
Karen McGrath, Green & Live, Limerick's Live 95fm
"...it's not all speed-wobblin' metal mayhem, it's got more substance than that! Good songs, good structure and played as tight as a natt's whatzit", "the sound of the Xtreme Sports generation", "Let's give it up for the collective of electric assassins that is Roper!"
Shane Foley, Limerick Leader
Limerick Leader, April 30, 2005
Tracks available for download (if any):
Left to stampede http://www.roper.ie/roper_lefttostampede.mp3
Soul fibre http://www.roper.ie/roper_soulfibre.mp3
My release http://www.roper.ie/roper_myrelease.mp3