PRESENTED BY PAULINE FREEMAN
"Somewhere you're sleeping and cotton clings to your skin where I should be, but words and love were not enough to have you here with me."
Listening to that line from 'Happy Ever Afters', there's no mistaking a man who's had his heart ripped out. It's one of the eleven tracks that make up The Art of Insincerity, Roysevens dark, fragile, epic and beautifully melodic debut album."The Art Of Insincerity is mostly, though not exclusively, about my last relationship, the person I loved and hoped I would spend the rest of my life with." According to Paul the bands lead singer.
"There were times when, yeah, I was falling apart and nothing made me feel better, but that said there's still a lot of hope on the album," Paul resumes. "The reason it comes across as lyrically raw or honest -- perhaps too honest -- is that I wrote it for myself rather than other people. We all find solace in different things I suppose."
There's also a deep melodic sensibility running through The Art Of Insincerity, which comes from a collective love of The Doors, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Rufus Wainwright and Jeff Buckley to name but a few.
Although they'd been together in various guises since the start of the millennium, it wasn't until September 25th 2003 that the band arrived at its definitive line-up.
"That's when we had the first rehearsal as a six-piece and knew we'd finally got the chemistry right. I'd started writing songs like 'Crash', 'Aberdeen', and 'February' and 'I Laughed Alone' which made their debut at Christmas '03 when we supported Aslan."
It wasn't long before RoySeven were playing sell-out headliners in the Irish capital.
One of their last acts was to rent Dublin's historic Olympia Theatre, and stage a Rising Bands night with some other acts that attracted over a thousand people.
"We'd been offered the record deal shortly beforehand and realised it was time to find a producer and start recording The Art Of Insincerity."
Having recruited rising producer, and Muse's live soundman, Marc Carolan, it was off to Grouse Lodge Studios in Westmeath.
"There are a lot of big moments in the songs, which we hadn't been able to capture properly in the studio until Marc came on board. When he played the first track back to us we all had shivers up our spines."
So does all of this add up to a happy ending?
"Happy may be overstating it a bit," Paul smiles, "but the last line of the last track on the album, 'Send Me To Hell', asks: 'Can I start again?' It's a hopeful ending."
ROYSEVEN PERFORM IN GALWAYS ROISIN DUBH TOMORROW NIGHT!!!
Tune in again tomorrow!!!