Ethan Scally.

Scally launch new album in Smiddy's on Saturday

When local punk rock outfit Scally officially launch their debut album Some Buzz in Smiddy's on Saturday night it will be the culmination of almost a decade's long artistic journey for main main Ethan Scally.

Speaking to the Westmeath Examiner, Ethan explained where the title of the album came from.

“It's called Some Buzz because I wrote most of it during my 20s when I was out having a lot fun. It was a wild fuzzy time and also the recording process was so enjoyable as well.”

The majority of the album was recorded in Jam Studio in Kells with Martin Quinn. Scally are renowned for their high octane live shows. Ethan says that he and his band mates were eager to ensure that the rawness and energy of their live shows was captured during the recording of the album.

The album was originally due to be released in 2020, but was postponed due to the pandemic. Ethan says that the delay allowed the group to add two new songs to the record.

“The new songs have made it a more rounded album than the one that would have been released in 2020,” he says.

Last week the group released the latest single from the album, Freebird. Directed by Conor English, Freebird's video stars local poet Marty Mullingan.

Saturday night's album launch is the final gig of Mullingar MusicFest, the week long series of gigs in Smiddy's organised by the Mullingar Music Collective, which consists of Marty, Ethan, Frank Byrne and Kieran Smith.

Looking ahead to the rest of the summer, Scally play the iconic Dublin venue Whelan's on July 9. The group also returns to Electric Picnic this year and will be playing a number of smaller festivals this summer also.

Some Buzz will be available to buy on vinyl and on digital from tomorrow, June 24.