Sunday, May 19, 2024

Is it Game Over for Iann Brennan?

Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, indie rock artist Iann Brennan’s single ‘Game Over’ is out now, and is the lead single from his debut album, Start As You Mean To Go On, both available now on AGR Records.

Written by the singer himself and performed with his band, the song was recorded and produced by renowned Irish producer Ray Traynor. The quality of this song caught the attention of Hot Press magazine who made it their Hot Press track of the day.

Playing guitar from the age of 12 and after spending time in some bands, Brennan decided to go solo and one of his first gigs was a support slot to renowned Irish band Aslan. After connecting with Irish producer Ray Traynor, who Brennan has worked with ever since, he has gone on to write a collection of anthemic, melodic, catchy, heartfelt songs that are influenced by heroes such as Oasis, Kings Of Leon, Arctic Monkeys and Stereophonics. His particular brand of entertainment fuses anthemic melodic songs and driving guitar lines with energetic and witty stage banter. 

Brennan’s music reached the ears of German label AGR Television Records, where he signed to the label in 2023 and released the album Start As You Mean To Go On, that is out now. Featured on the album is original Aslan songwriter/bassist Tony McGuinness, who heard Brennan’s tunes and wanted to be part of the album. He brings his own flair of what been described as “magical, grooving bass lines” to the record, and said of his contrubtion: “A pleasure to be part of Iann’s debut album. He just rocks it.” 

Damien Dempsey said of the rising talent: “Within Iann Brennan’s soaring anthemic melodies are lots of wise lines between the cracking hooks. If he’s playing near you, do yourself a favour and try to get to him, he’s the bomb.”

Adding to the list of album credentials, U2’s renowned album designer Steve Averill lent his talents to the album’s cover, logo and artwork.

Plans are now being made for a tour during the summer/autumn of 2024. Notable past performances include opening for Damien Dempsey, Aslan, Declan O’Rourke, Mary Coghlan, Hazel O’Connor, Eddi Reader and Lisa Hannigan. 

Available digitally, you can check out the video for ‘Game Over’ here at RAMzine.


Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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