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Not every four-piece band can boast four vocalists, three drummers, three guitarists and three bassists, but not every band possess the versatility, range and multidirectional eclecticism of Dublin quartet The Immediate.
These young music obsessives met a school and were fortunate enough to find a musical mentor in the guise of their school caretaker. Responsible for introducing Conor and Dave to the likes of The Velvet Underground, Love, Can and Serge Gainsbourg, he opened up a whole new world for two boys who'd thought Green Day were where it's at. Teenage fixations with Pink Floyd, Dylan and The Kinks fuelled the fire but the arrival of Peter, whose encyclopedic knowledge of the coolest in 60's pop - Jacques Brel, Scott Walker and The Shangri Las - added a further dimension to their embryonic sound and - taking their name from their favourite adjective -The Immediate were born.
Early gigs took place in hotel function rooms and the unlikely un-rock n' roll environs of a church, where the psyche-rock indulgences of an early Immediate composition ‘Get Out Of My House' startled more than just a few punters. They began to pursue a novel approach to get their demo on the grapevine. A CD was thrown onstage at a Manic Street Preachers gig to a bemused Nicky Wire. Even Beck received a copy that was surreptitiously slipped into his bag with a purchase at a Dublin bookstore! One such demo made it's way to the ears of Fierce Panda Records and early in 2005 they released The Immediate's debut single ‘Never Seen/Say This' as a limited edition 7”. XFM and Radio One played the track, the infamous dj duo Queenz Of Noize included the band on a compilation and a flurry of London shows followed. It wasn't long before The Immediate signed to FP to record their debut album.
In the latter half of 2005, the band entered Jacobs Studios in Surrey, to record their debut longplayer with US producer Chris Shaw (Wilco, Super Furry Animals, Public Enemy, Dylan). The first recordings from this session were released in April 2006 as the ‘make our devils FLOW', a 4 track EP on CD and 7” double pack.
The album ‘In Towers & Clouds' was released in the autumn of 2006 and the band played alongside the likes of The Young Knives, The Magic Numbers, The Flaming Lips, Doves, Guillemots and The Fratellis.
Cited as one of the best Irish albums in the past decade by The Irish Times, in 2007 "In Towers And Clouds" was nominated for the Meteor Award.
David Hedderman (vocals, guitar, bass) Conor O'Brien (vocals, guitar, drums), ; Peter Toomey (vocals, drums, bass), Barra Heavey(keys, guitar, bass, drums
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