Saint Sapphire, as a sound emerged from a place in between the artistic indie/pop and punk movements emerging from Northern Ireland, taking upbeat songs but also hitting them really hard, while also providing their own streetwise swagger, unique musicality and infectious hooks, writing songs about life in Belfast and beyond in the 21st century.
“Like juggling on the lord’s day” from their latest single “Hurricane” is a slightly “tongue in cheek” reference to the corruption and incompetence that have led to their home province of Northern Ireland being without effective Government for nearly 18 months.
Their songs are full of “anthemic choruses” mixed with veritable aggression, angst and anger all topped off with huge amounts of frustration that have led them to being described by one US Commentator as reminiscent of the early Clash and before that vintage British rockers, The Who. Front man, and lead songwriter Sam Morgan’s performances on stage have often been likened to the vintage frustration and anger demonstrated in early days by Pete Townsend.
The band is made up of four lads from across Northern Ireland, frontman, guitarist and primary songwriter Sam Morgan, drummer Adam Walker, lead guitarist Danny Martin and bassist Shea McAuley.
Hurricane has an infectious groove from the first notes, using massive, chugging guitars combining clashes from the drums build into a furious melee which entices you further into the track with changes in tempo and feel from the vocals. This is a track that will get your toes tapping and make you want to hear more. The riff in the mid part of the track is controlled and shows what Saint Sapphire are all about.
Having gained the attention of the people at BBC Introducing, RTE Radio in Dublin and many more, the band’s following continues to grow rapidly, with their debut UK show headlining The Water Rats in London in February 2018 being a “tour de force”, followed by a return to London at the Rocksteady in Dalston on June 28th.
In amongst requests to tour Europe and the USA, the band continues to plot more UK dates for the future.
Saint Sapphire bring their ruckus sonic assault to the people of Belfast and beyond, but ﬁrmly on their own terms.
This track certainly bought a huge smile to my face and if you are lucky enough to be close to one of the venues that they are playing I would definitely go and see them as I am pretty sure you would have a great night. I am looking forward to hearing more from them.
Live dates 2018:
20/6 – Voodoo, Belfast
26/6 – Night People, Manchester
28/6 – The Rocksteady, London
28/7 – Sunﬂowerfest, Hillsborough NI