Drawing heavy influence from Irish ballad heroes like The Dubliners, listeners encounter a daring brand of energetic folk rock, rooted firmly by a socio-political consciousness. Hard-working and honest, the band has perfected their craft by playing to audiences across the city and its surrounding areas. Live shows in The Grand Social, The Mercantile, Whelans and even a headlined MCD gig in Academy 2 have seen the band become well renowned for their increasingly explosive live performances.
Fluid drumming and driving bass are complemented consummately by incisive lead guitar playing, a twinkling banjo, rousing keys and spirited harmonica, all of which provide the platform for a unique and passionate voice to belt heartfelt lyrics to the heavens above. Liaising closely with legendary Irish scribes Pete St. John ("The Fields of Athenry" & "Dublin In The Rare Oul’ Times") and Wally Page (a writing partner of Christy Moore), the band harbour a great respect for the music of times gone by, acknowledging and appreciating the power of quality song writing.
In the Summer of 2012 the band recorded two tracks for a compilation CD released by Near FM entitled "Near Musical Express" helping them launch the new record label Near Records. Their self-produced music video for the song "All Around The Town" has received critical claim and was recently screened at Dublin's Underground Film Festival. Battle-hardened and well cultivated, The Rattling Kind hit Ashtown Recording Studios in the summer of 2013 aiming to capture and truly encapsulate their on-stage dynamism. The resultant five tracks, mastered by Aidan Foley of Masterlabs, became their debut EP "Rise Up" - available now on iTunes.
The band has recently played tracks from the EP on radio shows like Phantom105.2’s “Breakfast Show” and 4fm’s “Guaranteed Irish”. Two of these tracks, “All Around The Town” and Dubliners cover “The Mero”, will also feature on the International and DVD broadcasts of hit fourth series of RTE crime drama “Love/Hate”.