HAM SANDWICH
 
 
New Single  'MODELS' Out 17/06/11
New Single  'ANTS'
New Album  'White Fox'
New Single  'The Naturist
New Single "Out Of The Darkness" Irish Release 6-11-09 The Route 109 Recording Co.
::: LIVE ::: New Years Eve - The Village, Dublin 
::: LIVE ::: The Village, Tues Nov. 18th
‘The Longest Day’
"NEVER TALK" - Out May 23rd on Route 109 Recording Company
Ham Sandwich Winner: METEOR / RTÉ 2FM HOPE FOR 2008 Award
Ham Sandwich Shortlisted: METEOR / RTÉ 2FM HOPE FOR 2008 Award
"CARRY THE MEEK" Debut Album Out Feb 15th '08
Get All Their Super Hot Hit Singles: "Sad Songs", "St. Christopher", "Words", and "click...Click...BOOM!"
"click...click...BOOM!!!"
"Words" - Online Only Single Available from Saturday 19/9/06
'Live' in Whelans
"St. Christopher" (Out Jan.20)
HAM SANDWICH 'Live' in TOWER RECORDS
 
 
 
 
 
Ham Sandwich
New Single  'MODELS' Out 17/06/11 on The Route 109A Recording Co.
hamsandwichmusic.com

"Models" is the follow-up single to "Ants", "The Naturist" & "Oh-Oh" from the band's critically acclaimed album White Fox. Featuring Niamh Farrell's subtle lead vocal contrasting with her previously brassy approach on "Ants", the band changes direction yet again in what has become a sonic rollercoaster gently driven home by Sarah Lynch's masterful violin work.

Ham Sandwich have become one of the most consistent acts in the country in regards to producing a steady diet of pop-tinged melodic songs with a twist. Gradually brushing off their ‘guitar-indie band' tag, Ham Sandwich's fan base continues to grow steadily as the band pushes the boundaries with their song writing, instrumentation, & arrangements. Now regarded as one of the best drawing live acts in Ireland, the band's live shows have consistantly garnered excellent reviews. With the album "White Fox" consistantly in the charts & their singles gaining regular radio play across the country, 2011 has now become the year of the Ham Sandwich! White Fox is Produced by Karl Odlum & mastered in Abbey Road Studios by Peter Mew (David Bowie, Beatles, ELO, Bob Marley)

"There isn't a duff tune here, which makes it that very rare thing: an album you can listen to all the way through without being tempted to press fastforward" ~ Tony Clayton-Lea THE IRISH TIMES (The Ticket - Review of "White Fox")

:::  Upcoming Ham Sandwich Shows :::

June 4th - FORBIDDEN FRUIT FESTIVAL, IMMA, Dublin
June 5th - Leixlip Festival
June 10th - Douglas, East Village
June 11th - Helium Festival, Longford
June 17th - No Place like Dome, Sligo
June 19th - London Feis Festival, Finsbury Park, London UK
June 24th - Sea Sessions, Bundoran, Co. Donegal
June 25th - Ballybunion Co Kerry
July 16th - Gig for Derek Nally, Whelans, Dublin -Tribute Show for Ham Sandwich's late manager with special guests
July 17th - Prawn Festival, Clogherhead
July 23rd - Boyle Arts Festival
July 29th - Le Cheile Festival, Oldcastle co Meath
July 30th - Indiependence Festival, Mitchelstown Cork
July 31st - Rockstock Music Festival, Gorey, Wexford


More dates to be added! Check hamsandwichmusic.com for updates.

 
     
 
Ham Sandwich
New Single  'ANTS'
Out 4/02/11 on The Route 109A Recording Co.
hamsandwichmusic.com

The follow-up single to The Naturist & Oh-Oh from the band's new critically acclaimed album White Fox. Gradually brushing off their ‘guitar-indie band' tag, Ham Sandwich's fan base continues to grow steadily as the band pushes the boundaries with their song writing, instrumentation, & arrangements. ANTS continues that trend and it just so happens to be damn fine pop song to boot! Check out the brilliant animated ANTS video by Marc Corrigan ! White Fox is Produced by Karl Odlum & mastered in Abbey Road Studios by Peter Mew (David Bowie, Beatles, ELO, Bob Marley)

"There isn't a duff tune here, which makes it that very rare thing: an album you can listen to all the way through without being tempted to press fastforward" ~ Tony Clayton-Lea THE IRISH TIMES (The Ticket 4-Star Review of "White Fox")

 

::: 2011 National Tour Dates :::
2nd Feb - UCC, Cork 3rd Feb - (Private Function) 4th Feb - Roisin Dubh, Galway
5th Feb - The Bar Ritz, Mayo
10th Feb - The Spirit Store, Dundalk
11th Feb - The Stables,Mullingar, Westmeath
12th Feb -  Whelans, Dublin 15th Feb - The Old Oak, Cork
18th Feb - The Loft, Limerick
19th Feb - Greystones Theatre, Wicklow 4th March - The Cellar, Drogheda, Louth
5th March - Kavanaghs, Portlaoise, Laoise 14th-21st Mar - SXSW 2nd April - The Forum, Waterford

More dates to be added!
Check out the brilliant animated ANTS video by Marc Corrigan!

 

 

 
 
 
 

Ham Sandwich
New Album  'White Fox'
Featuring the Singles "The Naturist" and "OH-OH"
Available 01/10/10 on The Route 109A Recording Co.
Dedicated in loving memory of Derek Nally
hamsandwichmusic.com


::: LIVE :::  Album Launch - Saturday October 30 - The Button Factory, Dublin

The Kells-based band release their second album "White Fox", the follow-up to their 2008 award winning debut long-player "Carry the Meek". A glimpse of what was to come appeared on the nation's airwaves back in May which raised the bar of expectations for the much anticipated new album; the "The Naturist" announced to the fanbase that the band were pushing the boat out and not resting on their laurels! The track highlights the classic intertwining vocal wordplay from Niamh and Podge and driven by D'Arcy's anthemic guitar playing thus marking a soaring return from one of Ireland's most popular bands. The follow-up single (out 24/10), "Oh-Oh" continues to visit new territory with more complex arrangements and instrumentation taking the band's writing to new creative heights. “We've definitely grown up since ‘Carry The Meek',” maintains Niamh. “In terms of all of us getting involved in the song writing process and, I suppose, just maturing as people. Making the song structures more interesting is crucial for both the listener and the band, because it holds the attention for longer.” Podge recounts, "The first album was practically all electric guitar; the new album is more musically varied – and not for the sake of it, either. It's just that we're getting our heads around different instruments. It's a natural evolvement, and more texture is no harm.” Produced and mixed by Karl Odlum and recorded at Sun Studios, Temple Bar (Dublin) & May Lodge (Co. Meath). Mastered by the legendary Abbey Road Studio (London) engineer Peter Mew ( David Bowie, The Beatles, ELO, Bob Marley, etc)

TRACKLISTING: THE NATURIST / WHITE FOX / ANTS / OH-OH / MODELS / THE FOG / LONG DISTANCE / IN DECEMBER / ANIMALS / FLOORS

Upcoming Ham Sandwich Gigs:

21st SEPT ~ LSAD Limerick
23rd SEPT ~ GMIT Galway
24th SEPT ~ WEEVERS, Drogheda
25th SEPT ~ THE FORUM, Waterford
01st OCT ~ TOWER RECORDS, Dublin - ALBUM RELEASE
09th OCT ~ DEREK NALLY TRIBUTE SHOW, WHELANS, Dublin (One of several bands on the line-up)
14th OCT ~ THE SPIRIT STORE, Dundalk
30th OCT ~ THE BUTTON FACTORY, Dublin - OFFICIAL ALBUM LAUNCH


More Shows to be added. For bookings contact Mark Downing, mark(at) audionetworks.ie
 
 
 
 
Ham Sandwich
New Single  'The Naturist'
Available from 14/5/10 on The Route 109 Recording Co.
New Website! www.hamsandwichmusic.com

::: LIVE ::: Single Launch - Saturday May 15 - Whelans,

Dublin "The Naturist" is the first single taken from the Kells-based band's upcoming sophomore album set to be released in September '10. Featuring the classic intertwining vocal wordplay from Niamh / Podge and driven by D'Arcy's anthemic guitar playing, "The Naturist" marks a soaring return from one of Ireland's most popular bands. They'll be launching the single in Whelans on the 15th showcasing their new material as well as playing the live favourites from their ‘08 debut long-player "Carry The Meek"

"On the evidence of this effervescent album, Ham Sandwich could be Ireland's answer to Rilo Kiley." ~ IRISH INDEPENDENT
"Eclectic without being all over the place, judiciously selecting choice harmonies over dissonance, and boasting arrangements that favour subtlety over swagger, Ham Sandwich deliver, with an apparent minimum of fuss, a mini triumph." ~ IRISH TIMES
"With a name like Ham Sandwich, this needed to be good. It is so, so much better than that." ~ MAIL ON SUNDAY
"..a locker full of killer tunes." ~ METRO
"Carry The Meek is an album of beautifully sung, crisp, tight, lush, emotional and fun guitar songs that is much more than the sum of it's parts." ~ HOT PRESS
'''Carry The Meek' is a marker that other Irish albums of 2008 - and beyond - will have to match. " ~ CLUAS.COM
"While some sound the death-knell for the album ever louder, there are still plenty whose records drown it out. Like this one." ~ RTE GUIDE
“Spiky indie anthems & irreverent attitude are matched by the striking presence of lead singer Niamh Farrell" ~ SUNDAY TIMES

 
 
 
 
HAM SANDWICH
New Single "Out Of The Darkness"
Irish Release 6-11-09 The Route 109 Recording Co.
::: LIVE :::
06 November (Fri) - The Spirit Store - Dundalk
07 November (Sat) - Whelans - Dublin
19 November (Thur) - Roisin Dubh - Galway
After a lengthy break, Ham Sandwich return with “Out of the Darkness”, the new single from the Kells-based band is released Nov 6th in anticipation of their sophomore album in the Spring of 2010. Following the success of their debut long-player Carry the Meek back in 2008, the band will be playing across Ireland throughout the Autumn showcasing the new songs as well as serving up all the fan favourites.
Now established as one of Ireland’s hardest working bands, Ham Sandwich returned to the studio with Karl Odlum back in the producer’s chair.

>>> NEW "HAM SANDWICH" LOGO COMPETITION <<<

Calling all budding designers and young Van Gogh's out there! HAM SANDWICH are looking for a new FONT / LOGO and we decided we'd give our fans a shot at it. As it's a competition the winner will win a hefty lump of cash along with our entire back catalog signed by everyone in the band.

Here's the criteria,it's nothing too specific. Basically we'd like it to be BIG and BOLD and most importantly very easytoread. Lastly we'd like both words to be on seperate lines.

Send all your efforts to: podgesandwich@gmail.com

THERE IS NO LIMIT TO THE AMOUNT OF TIMES YOU CAN APPLY

Over the years there has been barely a handful of Irish bands whose dizzying ascent to the top of the music industry has been made in double-quick time. Bands like The Thrills and Cranberries are two examples of acts that had barely finished playing village halls and local pubs when they found themselves tripping the live fandango across huge stages in front of vast crowds. They, however, are as rare the proverbial hen's teeth, and even bands like U2 and the sickly sweet Corrs, earned their stripes, parading up and down the country, as they sharpened their skills waiting for that moment; when your luck finally meets up with your opportunity. And when you are a musician with any ambition, it is that "moment" that you strive for, although most never even get that close. As a small example of just how far the odds are against you becoming a working musician, consider the following statistics. In Ireland, experts vary about how many original bands exist in the country at any given time but estimates ordinarily fall somewhere in the region of 8,000 or more.

Each year, perhaps a half dozen of these will make the jump from obscurity to national renown, with perhaps only one of these going on to achieve anything on an international level. Considering Ireland's anemic national support for its homegrown acts, it is a wonder that even that many make it to solvency, but such adverse odds have done little to dissuade the tens of thousands of kids that dream everyday about being a rock star or even those bands that continue to carry amps up and down the stairs of gin mills and dives every weekend for years on end, in the dogged pursuit of that "moment". For Ireland's latest indie sensation, Ham Sandwich, that moment is now and few bands on the island have worked as hard to achieve it.

According to legend, Ham Sandwich's birth was positively biblical given the fact that Johnny Moore approached, Podge McNamee and, Niamh Farrell about the idea of forming their own group, while the trio were at a Good Friday party, in 2003. With Moore as the main songwriter and the other two as vocalists, they then set their sights on combing through the musicians they knew in hometown, Kells, County Meath, in an effort to shore up the lineup with likeminded individuals. Guitarist, Darcy, was recruited from the school he attended with Moore in the nearby town of Navan, which, curiously, is the same school that gave Ireland three of its most esteemed comedic talents, in the shape of Dylan Moran, Tommy Tiernan and Hector O'hEochag·in. With the addition of Ollie Murphy on drums, the band was complete and rehearsals began in earnest. After almost one year of intense jamming and absorbing a multitude of tastes, the band finally took its first steps into the public spotlight, becoming something of a local phenomenon, on the strength of their charged live performances and colorful personalities.

In early autumn of 2005, the national underground music scene got its first taste of the band with the release of their first single, the superb, Sad Songs, which called to mind acts such as Jesus & Mary Chain, Pavement and The Smiths. With McNamee and Farrell's vocals projecting a perfect balance of light and shade, the single served as an early signal that Ham Sandwich had potential to be a band of consequence. The next two years would only confirm this notion as the five-piece set about touring the highways and byways of Ireland, drumming up support wherever they went, with a show that is as energetic as it is unpredictable. In Farrell, the band has the ultra-cool female singer, who is unafraid to mix it up with her fellow band members, yet is not beyond projecting an air of cool detachment when the mood demands it, while in McNamee, the band has a bona fide space cadet (sometimes quite literally when he wears his astronaut costume). Bounding around the stage, exuding fun and mischief, and alternating between ringmaster and clown, his energy alone could probably power all their amps. Together, the pair are almost sound somewhat like The Sunday's Harriet Wheeler and Crash Test Dummies, Brad Roberts, might sound like if they ever played in a high-octane indie band, although it's doubtful then that they would retain a scintilla of the natural chemistry evident between Farrell and McNamee. Such a live show soon had the band selling out venues throughout the country, despite little or no promotion and winning them the title as Ireland's greatest cult band.

Two more singles followed, St Christopher and Click... Click... Boom!, the latter of which exploded the band onto the national consciousness, with it's Pixies-like collision of energy and substance. Suddenly Ham Sandwich found themselves opening for names such as Electric Six, Buzzcocks and My Morning Jacket, as their public profile grew and their singles began to receive airplay in prime time shows. They also made their first appearances on TV and as the year drew to a close, the band retired to a cottage in Cavan, to begin work on their debut album with producer, Karl Odlum. In fact, the view from the cottage was the same view that Irish writer, Jonathon Swift, was looking at when he was struck with the idea for his novel, Gulliver's Travels, adding just the right amount of solitude and mystique to proceedings.

On February 15, the band's labors attained a physical form, when their debut album, Carry The Meek, hit stores and promptly debuted at 23 in the Irish album charts, an extremely creditable result considering they released it on their own label, Route 109 Records, which is named after the bus route from Dublin to Kells. In case the band needed any more affirmation that they were on their way to the next level, they were also presented with the Meteor Music Hope For 2008 Award, on the same day as their album release. The interest is such that the band is already in talks with several labels with a view to getting the album out overseas and it will undoubtedly only be a matter of months before the band start gigging outside of Ireland on a regular basis. The years of dedication appear to be paying out, proving the adage that hard work always pays off in the end. McNamee recently alluded to this fact saying: "It's always been a slow rise. We've never forced our music on anyone." Now the people are coming to the music in their droves, leaving only one slightly downbeat note for the rest of us; we're going to have to find another band to call Ireland's greatest cult band, because Ham Sandwich has gone above ground and if they keep producing albums like that, they are there to stay.

By Joe Kavanagh (Irish Examiner - USA)

 
 
 
 

METEOR AWARD WINNER "HOPE FOR 2008"
"On the evidence of this effervescent album, Ham Sandwich could be Ireland's answer to Rilo Kiley." ~ IRISH INDEPENDENT ***
"Eclectic without being all over the place, judiciously selecting choice harmonies over dissonance, and boasting arrangements that favour subtlety over swagger, Ham Sandwich deliver, with an apparent minimum of fuss, a mini triumph." ~ IRISH TIMES
"With a name like Ham Sandwich, this needed to be good. It is so, so much better than that." ~ MAIL ON SUNDAY
"..a locker full of killer tunes." ~ METRO
"Carry The Meek is an album of beautifully sung, crisp, tight, lush, emotional and fun guitar songs that is much more than the sum of it's parts." ~ HOT PRESS
'''Carry The Meek' is a marker that other Irish albums of 2008 - and beyond - will have to match. " ~ CLUAS.COM
"While some sound the death-knell for the album ever louder, there are still plenty whose records drown it out. Like this one." ~ RTE GUIDE
“Spiky indie anthems & irreverent attitude are matched by the striking presence of lead singer Niamh Farrell" ~ SUNDAY TIMES

Ham Sandwich

::: LIVE ::: New Years Eve - The Village, Dublin
Plus very Special Guests: The Kinetiks
Tickets 20 Euro - Available from www.tickets.ie or the WaV Box Office Lo Call 1890 200 078 or in person @ 39 Camden Row (beside Whelans Venue entrance)
Open 10am - 8pm Monday to Friday, 2pm - 8pm Saturday

2008 has been an amazing year for the Kells-based band; the release of their critically acclaimed debut album "CARRY THE MEEK" back in February, a rake of hit singles, sold out shows across the country, playing Glastonbury and Electric Picnic Festivals, and of course the surprise birth of Niamh's son Oscar. Now considered on of the top acts in the country, Ham Sandwich close out 2008 in style by headlining Dublin's The Village Venue for it's annual New Years Eve bash.

"We are really looking forward to this gig! We thought our gig with Gary Cooke in The Village would be our last gig in Dublin this year, but we are so glad that it wasn't and the Village want us back to ring in the new year! We have had such an amazing and crazy year, and we want to finish with a bang!..and some confetti.." ~ Niamh Farrell from Ham Sandwich

New Single "Broken Glass" - Out Now on Route 109 Recording Company
See the extraordinary new animated video exclusively on muzu.tv : CLICK HERE
The 7th single taken from the Kells-based band's debut album "CARRY THE MEEK"

myspace.com/eathamsandwich ~ www.bebo.com/eathamsandwich

Meet Ham Sandwich...
Niamh (Vocals) www.myspace.com/xrayvisionniamh
Podge (Vocals / Guitar / Piano/ pineapples / coconuts) www.myspace.com/podgehamsandwich
Johnny (Bass Guitar) www.myspace.com/johnnysandwich
Darcy (Guitar / Piano) www.myspace.com/darcyofhamsandwich
Ollie (Drums) www.myspace.com/olliesandwich

_______________________________________________

Food For Thought
By Joe Kavanagh (Irish Examiner - USA)

Over the years there has been barely a handful of Irish bands whose dizzying ascent to the top of the music industry has been made in double-quick time. Bands like The Thrills and Cranberries are two examples of acts that had barely finished playing village halls and local pubs when they found themselves tripping the live fandango across huge stages in front of vast crowds. They, however, are as rare the proverbial hen's teeth, and even bands like U2 and the sickly sweet Corrs, earned their stripes, parading up and down the country, as they sharpened their skills waiting for that moment; when your luck finally meets up with your opportunity. And when you are a musician with any ambition, it is that "moment" that you strive for, although most never even get that close. As a small example of just how far the odds are against you becoming a working musician, consider the following statistics. In Ireland, experts vary about how many original bands exist in the country at any given time but estimates ordinarily fall somewhere in the region of 8,000 or more. Each year, perhaps a half dozen of these will make the jump from obscurity to national renown, with perhaps only one of these going on to achieve anything on an international level. Considering Ireland's anemic national support for its homegrown acts, it is a wonder that even that many make it to solvency, but such adverse odds have done little to dissuade the tens of thousands of kids that dream everyday about being a rock star or even those bands that continue to carry amps up and down the stairs of gin mills and dives every weekend for years on end, in the dogged pursuit of that "moment". For Ireland's latest indie sensation, Ham Sandwich, that moment is now and few bands on the island have worked as hard to achieve it.

According to legend, Ham Sandwich's birth was positively biblical given the fact that Johnny Moore approached, Podge McNamee and, Niamh Farrell about the idea of forming their own group, while the trio were at a Good Friday party, in 2003. With Moore as the main songwriter and the other two as vocalists, they then set their sights on combing through the musicians they knew in hometown, Kells, County Meath, in an effort to shore up the lineup with likeminded individuals. Guitarist, Darcy, was recruited from the school he attended with Moore in the nearby town of Navan, which, curiously, is the same school that gave Ireland three of its most esteemed comedic talents, in the shape of Dylan Moran, Tommy Tiernan and Hector O'hEochag·in. With the addition of Ollie Murphy on drums, the band was complete and rehearsals began in earnest and it was at one of these sessions that they finally decided to pin down a name for their group. After 20 minutes of discussion without getting any closer to their nom de guerre, Moore finally offered Ham Sandwich, as a joke initially, but the more everyone thought about it, the more they liked it. It has been celebrated and castigated in equal measure ever since, although the band are firm believers because nobody ever forgets it and they genuinely think that being called Ham Sandwich makes them work even harder as a unit. After almost one year of intense jamming and absorbing a multitude of tastes, the band finally took its first steps into the public spotlight, becoming something of a local phenomenon, on the strength of their charged live performances and colorful personalities.

In early autumn of 2005, the national underground music scene got its first taste of the band with the release of their first single, the superb, Sad Songs, which called to mind acts such as Jesus & Mary Chain, Pavement and the Smiths. With McNamee and Farrell's vocals projecting a perfect balance of light and shade, the single served as an early signal that Ham Sandwich had potential to be a band of consequence. The next two years would only confirm this notion as the five-piece set about touring the highways and byways of Ireland, drumming up support wherever they went, with a show that is as energetic as it is unpredictable. In Farrell, the band has the ultra-cool female singer, who is unafraid to mix it up with her fellow band members, yet is not beyond projecting an air of cool detachment when the mood demands it, while in McNamee, the band has a bona fide space cadet (sometimes quite literally when he wears his astronaut costume). Bounding around the stage, exuding fun and mischief, and alternating between ringmaster and clown, his energy alone could probably power all their amps. Together, the pair are almost sound somewhat like The Sunday's Harriet Wheeler and Crash Test Dummies, Brad Roberts, might sound like if they ever played in a high-octane indie band, although it's doubtful then that they would retain a scintilla of the natural chemistry evident between Farrell and McNamee. Such a live show soon had the band selling out venues throughout the country, despite little or no promotion and winning them the title as Ireland's greatest cult band.

Two more singles followed, St Christopher and Click... Click... Boom!, the latter of which exploded the band onto the national consciousness, with it's Pixies-like collision of energy and substance. Suddenly Ham Sandwich found themselves opening for names such as Electric Six, Buzzcocks and My Morning Jacket, as their public profile grew and their singles began to receive airplay in prime time shows. They also made their first appearances on TV and as the year drew to a close, the band retired to a cottage in Cavan, to begin work on their debut album with producer, Karl Odlum. In fact, the view from the cottage was the same view that Irish writer, Jonathon Swift, was looking at when he was struck with the idea for his novel, Gulliver's Travels, adding just the right amount of solitude and mystique to proceedings.

On February 15, the band's labors attained a physical form, when their debut album, Carry The Meek, hit stores and promptly debuted at 23 in the Irish album charts, an extremely creditable result considering they released it on their own label, Route 109 Records, which is named after the bus route from Dublin to Kells. In case the band needed any more affirmation that they were on their way to the next level, they were also presented with the Meteor Music Hope For 2008 Award, on the same day as their album release. The interest is such that the band is already in talks with several labels with a view to getting the album out overseas and it will undoubtedly only be a matter of months before the band start gigging outside of Ireland on a regular basis. The years of dedication appear to be paying out, proving the adage that hard work always pays off in the end. McNamee recently alluded to this fact saying: "It's always been a slow rise. We've never forced our music on anyone." Now the people are coming to the music in their droves, leaving only one slightly downbeat note for the rest of us; we're going to have to find another band to call Ireland's greatest cult band, because Ham Sandwich has gone above ground and if they keep producing albums like that, they are there to stay.

 
 
 
 

METEOR AWARD WINNER "HOPE FOR 2008"
"On the evidence of this effervescent album, Ham Sandwich could be Ireland's answer to Rilo Kiley." ~ IRISH INDEPENDENT ***
"Eclectic without being all over the place, judiciously selecting choice harmonies over dissonance, and boasting arrangements that favour subtlety over swagger, Ham Sandwich deliver, with an apparent minimum of fuss, a mini triumph." ~ IRISH TIMES
"With a name like Ham Sandwich, this needed to be good. It is so, so much better than that." ~ MAIL ON SUNDAY
"..a locker full of killer tunes." ~ METRO
"Carry The Meek is an album of beautifully sung, crisp, tight, lush, emotional and fun guitar songs that is much more than the sum of it's parts." ~ HOT PRESS
'''Carry The Meek' is a marker that other Irish albums of 2008 - and beyond - will have to match. " ~ CLUAS.COM
"While some sound the death-knell for the album ever louder, there are still plenty whose records drown it out. Like this one." ~ RTE GUIDE
“Spiky indie anthems & irreverent attitude are matched by the striking presence of lead singer Niamh Farrell" ~ SUNDAY TIMES

Ham Sandwich

::: LIVE ::: The Village, Tues Nov. 18th
Show Being Recorded for TV Broadcast
New Single "Broken Glass" - Out Now on Route 109 Recording Company
See the extraordinary new animated video exclusively on muzu.tv : CLICK HERE

The 7th single taken from the Kells-based band's debut album "CARRY THE MEEK"
The follow-up to the hit singles, the melodic NEVER TALK, the nostalgic "KEEPSAKE", the belt busting "CLICK…CLICK…BOOM", the haunting SAD SONGS, the punchy ST.CHRISTOPHER, & the soaring WORDS. The debut album CARRY THE MEEK and all the singles are available nationwide in all good record stores and on iTunes.
www.eathamsandwich.com ~ myspace.com/eathamsandwich ~ www.bebo.com/eathamsandwich

"Broken Glass" Launch Gig ::: WHELANS, Dublin - Saturday, Nov 8th - 8pm
Includes an All Ages Show at 1:30pm

Upcoming HAM SANDWICH Gigs
18 Nov DUBLIN - The Village (Recorded for TV Broadcast)
20 Nov LIMERICK - Amnesty International - Dolans
21 Nov CLONMEL - Gleesons
06 Dec MALLOW - The Lodge
More dates to be added; check
myspace.com/eathamsandwich

 
 
 
 
Phantom 105.2 and Miller Genuine Draft
present
‘The Longest Day’

at
The Button Factory,
Saturday 21st June, 2008
Phantom 105.2, along with Miller Genuine Draft present ‘The Longest Day’ at The Button Factory, Curved St, Temple Bar on Saturday 21st June. A midsummer’s celebration of home-grown talent with live music from the Glastonbury bound Kings and Queen of Kells Ham Sandwich, electrifying Dublin indie rockers The Kinetiks and sensational up-and-coming alt act Codes. All followed by Dublin’s original and best indie disco, Phantasm.

It’s the longest day of the year and Phantom 105.2, along with Miller Genuine Draft, are sending Ham Sandwich off to Glastonbury in style. We’ll be partying into the light with three of the hottest bands on the local scene, topped off nicely with Phantom DJs playing the best in new and old school alternative and indie rock ‘til late.

Tickets are €12.00 inc. booking fee and are available now from www.tickets.ie and City Discs in Temple Bar.

Phantom 105.2 plays the best in indie and modern rock and is available in Dublin on 105.2FM, DAB Digital Radio, Channel 935 on UPC Digital TV and online at www.phantom.ie.

The Longest Day is brought to you in association with Miller Genuine Draft - Genuinely Easy.

Ends.

For more information contact Brian Daly on 01 8885151 or e-mail briandaly@phantom.ie

For band info check out:
http://www.myspace.com/phantasmdublin
http://www.myspace.com/eathamsandwich
http://www.myspace.com/kinetiks1
http://www.myspace.com/codesofficial

 
 
 
 
METEOR AWARD WINNER "HOPE FOR 2008"
"Eclectic without being all over the place, judiciously selecting choice harmonies over dissonance, and boasting arrangements that favour subtlety over swagger, Ham Sandwich deliver, with an apparent minimum of fuss, a mini triumph". ~ IRISH TIMES
"(Ham Sandwich) have delivered a remarkably assured album, crammed with guitar pop songs par excellence". ~ IRISH INDEPENDENT
“Flair for sun-splashed melodies & a sound that simultaneously references classic college rock & Phil Spector’s 60’s girl groups” ~ IRISH EXAMINER
“Spiky indie anthems & irreverent attitude are matched by the striking presence of lead singer Niamh Farrell" ~ SUNDAY TIMES
Ham Sandwich
"NEVER TALK" - Out May 23rd on Route 109 Recording Company
The new single taken from the Kells-based band's debut album "CARRY THE MEEK"
The follow-up to the hit singles, the nostalgic "KEEPSAKE", the belt busting "CLICK…CLICK…BOOM", the haunting SAD SONGS, the punchy ST.CHRISTOPHER, & the soaring WORDS.
CARRY THE MEEK and all the singles are available nationwide in all good record stores and on iTunes.
www.eathamsandwich.com ~ myspace.com/eathamsandwich ~ www.bebo.com/eathamsandwich

"Never Talk" Launch Gig ::: THE VILLAGE, Dublin - May 24th
Special guests: A Lazarus Soul
Upcoming HAM SANDWICH Gigs
10 May - THE GRILL - Donegal
24 May - THE VILLAGE - special guests A Lazarus Soul - Dublin
27 May - DUBLIN CASTLE - Camden Town, London
06 June - THE CLARENCE - Sligo
12 June AUNTIE ANNIES - Belfast
14 June - McHUGHS - Drogheda
22 June - COOLABOOLA FESTIVAL - Cork
27th, 28th and 29th June - GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL - Somerset, England
19 July - KINSALE ARTS FESTIVAL - Kinsale
20 July - PHOENIX FESTIVAL - Tullamore
03 August - INDIE-PENDANCE FESTIVAL - Mitchelstown, Cork
16 August - SOLAS FESTIVALCarlow
29 - 31 August - ELECTRIC PICNIC Festival - Stradbally Estate

More dates to be added; check www.myspace.com/eathamsandwich
Meet Ham Sandwich...
Niamh (Vocals) www.myspace.com/xrayvisionniamh
Podge (Vocals / Guitar / Piano/ pineapples / coconuts) www.myspace.com/podgehamsandwich
Johnny (Bass Guitar) www.myspace.com/johnnysandwich
Darcy (Guitar / Piano) www.myspace.com/darcyofhamsandwich
Ollie (Drums) www.myspace.com/olliesandwich


_______________________________________________

Food For Thought
By Joe Kavanagh (Irish Examiner - USA)

Over the years there has been barely a handful of Irish bands whose dizzying ascent to the top of the music industry has been made in double-quick time. Bands like The Thrills and Cranberries are two examples of acts that had barely finished playing village halls and local pubs when they found themselves tripping the live fandango across huge stages in front of vast crowds. They, however, are as rare the proverbial hen's teeth, and even bands like U2 and the sickly sweet Corrs, earned their stripes, parading up and down the country, as they sharpened their skills waiting for that moment; when your luck finally meets up with your opportunity. And when you are a musician with any ambition, it is that "moment" that you strive for, although most never even get that close. As a small example of just how far the odds are against you becoming a working musician, consider the following statistics. In Ireland, experts vary about how many original bands exist in the country at any given time but estimates ordinarily fall somewhere in the region of 8,000 or more. Each year, perhaps a half dozen of these will make the jump from obscurity to national renown, with perhaps only one of these going on to achieve anything on an international level. Considering Ireland's anemic national support for its homegrown acts, it is a wonder that even that many make it to solvency, but such adverse odds have done little to dissuade the tens of thousands of kids that dream everyday about being a rock star or even those bands that continue to carry amps up and down the stairs of gin mills and dives every weekend for years on end, in the dogged pursuit of that "moment". For Ireland's latest indie sensation, Ham Sandwich, that moment is now and few bands on the island have worked as hard to achieve it.

According to legend, Ham Sandwich's birth was positively biblical given the fact that Johnny Moore approached, Podge McNamee and, Niamh Farrell about the idea of forming their own group, while the trio were at a Good Friday party, in 2003. With Moore as the main songwriter and the other two as vocalists, they then set their sights on combing through the musicians they knew in hometown, Kells, County Meath, in an effort to shore up the lineup with likeminded individuals. Guitarist, Darcy, was recruited from the school he attended with Moore in the nearby town of Navan, which, curiously, is the same school that gave Ireland three of its most esteemed comedic talents, in the shape of Dylan Moran, Tommy Tiernan and Hector O'hEochag·in. With the addition of Ollie Murphy on drums, the band was complete and rehearsals began in earnest and it was at one of these sessions that they finally decided to pin down a name for their group. After 20 minutes of discussion without getting any closer to their nom de guerre, Moore finally offered Ham Sandwich, as a joke initially, but the more everyone thought about it, the more they liked it. It has been celebrated and castigated in equal measure ever since, although the band are firm believers because nobody ever forgets it and they genuinely think that being called Ham Sandwich makes them work even harder as a unit. After almost one year of intense jamming and absorbing a multitude of tastes, the band finally took its first steps into the public spotlight, becoming something of a local phenomenon, on the strength of their charged live performances and colorful personalities.

In early autumn of 2005, the national underground music scene got its first taste of the band with the release of their first single, the superb, Sad Songs, which called to mind acts such as Jesus & Mary Chain, Pavement and the Smiths. With McNamee and Farrell's vocals projecting a perfect balance of light and shade, the single served as an early signal that Ham Sandwich had potential to be a band of consequence. The next two years would only confirm this notion as the five-piece set about touring the highways and byways of Ireland, drumming up support wherever they went, with a show that is as energetic as it is unpredictable. In Farrell, the band has the ultra-cool female singer, who is unafraid to mix it up with her fellow band members, yet is not beyond projecting an air of cool detachment when the mood demands it, while in McNamee, the band has a bona fide space cadet (sometimes quite literally when he wears his astronaut costume). Bounding around the stage, exuding fun and mischief, and alternating between ringmaster and clown, his energy alone could probably power all their amps. Together, the pair are almost sound somewhat like The Sunday's Harriet Wheeler and Crash Test Dummies, Brad Roberts, might sound like if they ever played in a high-octane indie band, although it's doubtful then that they would retain a scintilla of the natural chemistry evident between Farrell and McNamee. Such a live show soon had the band selling out venues throughout the country, despite little or no promotion and winning them the title as Ireland's greatest cult band.

Two more singles followed, St Christopher and Click... Click... Boom!, the latter of which exploded the band onto the national consciousness, with it's Pixies-like collision of energy and substance. Suddenly Ham Sandwich found themselves opening for names such as Electric Six, Buzzcocks and My Morning Jacket, as their public profile grew and their singles began to receive airplay in prime time shows. They also made their first appearances on TV and as the year drew to a close, the band retired to a cottage in Cavan, to begin work on their debut album with producer, Karl Odlum. In fact, the view from the cottage was the same view that Irish writer, Jonathon Swift, was looking at when he was struck with the idea for his novel, Gulliver's Travels, adding just the right amount of solitude and mystique to proceedings.

On February 15, the band's labors attained a physical form, when their debut album, Carry The Meek, hit stores and promptly debuted at 23 in the Irish album charts, an extremely creditable result considering they released it on their own label, Route 109 Records, which is named after the bus route from Dublin to Kells. In case the band needed any more affirmation that they were on their way to the next level, they were also presented with the Meteor Music Hope For 2008 Award, on the same day as their album release. The interest is such that the band is already in talks with several labels with a view to getting the album out overseas and it will undoubtedly only be a matter of months before the band start gigging outside of Ireland on a regular basis. The years of dedication appear to be paying out, proving the adage that hard work always pays off in the end. McNamee recently alluded to this fact saying: "It's always been a slow rise. We've never forced our music on anyone." Now the people are coming to the music in their droves, leaving only one slightly downbeat note for the rest of us; we're going to have to find another band to call Ireland's greatest cult band, because Ham Sandwich has gone above ground and if they keep producing albums like that, they are there to stay.

 
 
 
 
Ham Sandwich
Winner: METEOR / RTÉ 2FM HOPE FOR 2008 Award
CARRY THE MEEK, the Debut Album Out Now on Route 109 Recording Company (RMG-Chart).
Features the New Single "KEEPSAKE"


Check out eathamsandwich.com or myspace.com/eathamsandwich for all the delicious details.

Hotly tipped & toasted, the Kells-based band’s debut album CARRY THE MEEK was released on Feb.15th in Ireland's flagship HMV Store in Dublin's Grafton Street where over 350 fans turned out to see them perform & be the first to purchase a copy of the much anticipated release by the Kell-based band. Their unique sound is built around the dovetail vocals of Niamh & Podge flying against a cloudy sky with catchy yet intricate guitars. CARRY THE MEEK includes the new hit single, the nostalgic "KEEPSAKE" as well as all their singles to date include the belt busting "CLICK…CLICK…BOOM", the haunting SAD SONGS, the punchy ST.CHRISTOPHER, & the soaring WORDS. This Kells band really cooks! CARRY THE MEEK and all the singles are available nationwide in all good record stores and on iTunes.

Upcoming HAM SANDWICH Gigs
Feb 23 - Whelans, Dublin - Official Album Launch
Feb 28 - The Acadamy - CHILDLINE ROCKS, Dublin
March 1 - Spirit Store, Dundalk
March 6 - Crawdaddy - MURPHYS LIVE, Dublin
March 8 - Cyprus Avenue, Cork - As Special Guests of THE SULTANS OF PING
March 9 - Roisin Dubh, Galway
March 13 - Cyprus Avenue, Cork
March 14 - McHughs, Drogheda
March 15 - The Stables, Mullingar
March 20 - Dolans's Warehouse, Limerick
March 22 - Kactus, Kells
March 28 - Electric Avenue, Waterford
April 4 - The Lantern, Navan
More dates to be added; check www.myspace.com/eathamsandwich

Meet Ham Sandwich...
Niamh (Vocals) www.myspace.com/xrayvisionniamh
Podge (Vocals / Guitar / Piano/ pineapples / coconuts) www.myspace.com/podgehamsandwich
Johnny (Bass Guitar) www.myspace.com/johnnysandwich
Darcy (Guitar / Piano) www.myspace.com/darcyofhamsandwich
Ollie (Drums) www.myspace.com/olliesandwich

‘We called ourselves Ham Sandwich, not because we like sandwiches or because of the s*xual innuendo or to get away from the ubiquitous-prefix-followed-by-esoteric-noun formula that most bands follow but because we couldn’t give a f**k what our gang is called, the stupider the better. It’s a bit of a blessing I guess, no-one ever forgets the name and it makes us work harder. It is always going to be next to impossible to market a band called ‘Ham Sandwich’ because the name’s not cool, sexy or arty which means we’ve got to produce really good pop songs, play really good live and kick our own arses to get any success. Then it’s funny when we’re reading things about us or being played on the radio cause we know that the DJ or reviewer saw the name probably laughed their b*llox off expecting a novelty record, played it, liked it and gave us a good review or aired our record. I guess we’re experiencing the anguish of an early Engelbert Humperdick.’ ~ Niamh Sandwich

Ham Sandwich, fronted by Podge and Niamh, have cut their cloth as a sterling underground treasure with an almost cult like following the likes of Weezer or early Flaming Lips, a following that knows wherever Ham Sandwich goes fun and madness intrinsically follows.

The name is a simple, effective decoy, just like there's a computer called Apple, a band called Ham Sandwich manages to dispense with the expected cliches of what a modern indie band should be and instead have allowed themselves the space to build a performance that is outstanding in giving people what they want to see, strange outfits, bright colours, a sexy front woman and a lunatic like front man. Their underground status and cult acclaim has seen them guesting alongside such reknown performers as Electric Six, I'm From Barcelona, Whitesnake, Pere Ubu, Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan, My Morning Jacket, the Bluetones, and the Buzzcocks amongst others.

Ham Sandwich released their fourth single 'click...click...BOOM' in Ireland last February following the success of singles 'Sad Songs', 'St. Christopher' and 'Words'. True DIY enthusiast they have spurned the norms of booking themselves into a studio... to instead build their own studio in Headfort House, Kells (their hometown) with the help of Frames producer Karl Odlum. Their hometown fondness has also seen them turn this 18th Century mansion into the location for their music video for 'St. Christopher' which includes their followers dancing along to their music in the house's expansive ballroom.

Their music has garnered them a wide selection of admirers including legendary Beach Boys producer Van Dyke Parks, Pat Kenny, and Bono, who vehemently advised them to change their name and Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan who requested copies of the bands music prior to his solo performance in Dublin earlier this year and invited them along to his show. For novices of the Ham Sandwich live experience here's some advice: leave your prejudice of what an indie band should be safe at home, stock up on lots of funergy and bring your dancing shoes because live...these guys are deliciously stunning.

Johnny put the idea of playing together forward at a crucifixion party on Good Friday, 2003. He had known extrovert frontman Podge since they were toddlers, met Darcy in English class where they shared the same teacher credited with inspiring Tommy Tiernan, Dylan Moran and Hector. Drummer Ollie he met during a bizarre accident involving a thumb ring and a fire engine and the stunning Niamh he befriended soon after she returned to Dublin after a time in Glasgow.

 
 
 
 
Ham Sandwich
Shortlisted: METEOR / RTÉ 2FM HOPE FOR 2008 Award
::: Vote for Ham Sandwich on: www.rte.ie/2fm :::

"CARRY THE MEEK" Album Launch LIVE in HMV Grafton Street, Dublin
::: Friday February 15th 5pm ~ Live Performance & Signing :::

Debut Album Out Feb 15th '08 on Route 109 Recording Company (RMG-Chart). Features the New Single "KEEPSAKE"

Check out myspace.com/eathamsandwich or www.eathamsandwich.bebo.com for all the delicious details.
Hotly tipped & toasted, the Kells-based band’s first single in 2008 and 5th overall that will also be featured on their debut album CARRY THE MEEK, out Feb. 15th in Ireland. Their unique sound is built around the dovetail vocals of Niamh & Podge flying against a cloudy sky with catchy yet intricate guitars. CARRY THE MEEK will include all the singles which include the belt busting "CLICK…CLICK…BOOM", the haunting SAD SONGS, the punchy ST.CHRISTOPHER, & the soaring WORDS. In addition to KEEPSAKE, all four of their appetising singles to date are available on iTUNES. This Kells band really cooks!

Upcoming HAM SANDWICH Gigs
Feb 23 - Whelans, Dublin - Official Album Launch
March 1 - Spirit Store, Dundalk
March 6 - Crawdaddy - MURPHYS LIVE, Dublin
March 7 - Roisin Dubh, Galway
March 13 - Cyprus Avenue, Cork
March 14 - McHughs, Drogheda
March 15 - The Stables, Mullingar
March 20 - Dolans's Warehouse, Limerick
March 28 - Electric Avenue, Waterford

More dates to be added; check www.myspace.com/eathamsandwich


Meet Ham Sandwich...
Niamh (Vocals) www.myspace.com/xrayvisionniamh
Podge (Vocals / Guitar / Piano/ pineapples / coconuts) www.myspace.com/podgehamsandwich
Johnny (Bass Guitar) www.myspace.com/johnnysandwich
Darcy (Guitar / Piano) www.myspace.com/darcyofhamsandwich
Ollie (Drums) www.myspace.com/olliesandwich

‘We called ourselves Ham Sandwich, not because we like sandwiches or because of the s*xual innuendo or to get away from the ubiquitous-prefix-followed-by-esoteric-noun formula that most bands follow but because we couldn’t give a f**k what our gang is called, the stupider the better. It’s a bit of a blessing I guess, no-one ever forgets the name and it makes us work harder. It is always going to be next to impossible to market a band called ‘Ham Sandwich’ because the name’s not cool, sexy or arty which means we’ve got to produce really good pop songs, play really good live and kick our own arses to get any success. Then it’s funny when we’re reading things about us or being played on the radio cause we know that the DJ or reviewer saw the name probably laughed their b*llox off expecting a novelty record, played it, liked it and gave us a good review or aired our record. I guess we’re experiencing the anguish of an early Engelbert Humperdick.’ ~ Niamh Sandwich

Ham Sandwich, fronted by Podge and Niamh, have cut their cloth as a sterling underground treasure with an almost cult like following the likes of Weezer or early Flaming Lips, a following that knows wherever Ham Sandwich goes fun and madness intrinsically follows.

The name is a simple, effective decoy, just like there's a computer called Apple, a band called Ham Sandwich manages to dispense with the expected cliches of what a modern indie band should be and instead have allowed themselves the space to build a performance that is outstanding in giving people what they want to see, strange outfits, bright colours, a sexy front woman and a lunatic like front man. Their underground status and cult acclaim has seen them guesting alongside such reknown performers as Electric Six, I'm From Barcelona, Whitesnake, Pere Ubu, Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan, My Morning Jacket, the Bluetones, and the Buzzcocks amongst others.

Ham Sandwich released their fourth single 'click...click...BOOM' in Ireland last February following the success of singles 'Sad Songs', 'St. Christopher' and 'Words'. True DIY enthusiast they have spurned the norms of booking themselves into a studio... to instead build their own studio in Headfort House, Kells (their hometown) with the help of Frames producer Karl Odlum. Their hometown fondness has also seen them turn this 18th Century mansion into the location for their music video for 'St. Christopher' which includes their followers dancing along to their music in the house's expansive ballroom.

Their music has garnered them a wide selection of admirers including legendary Beach Boys producer Van Dyke Parks, Pat Kenny, and Bono, who vehemently advised them to change their name and Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan who requested copies of the bands music prior to his solo performance in Dublin earlier this year and invited them along to his show. For novices of the Ham Sandwich live experience here's some advice: leave your prejudice of what an indie band should be safe at home, stock up on lots of funergy and bring your dancing shoes because live...these guys are deliciously stunning.

Johnny put the idea of playing together forward at a crucifixion party on Good Friday, 2003. He had known extrovert frontman Podge since they were toddlers, met Darcy in English class where they shared the same teacher credited with inspiring Tommy Tiernan, Dylan Moran and Hector. Drummer Ollie he met during a bizarre accident involving a thumb ring and a fire engine and the stunning Niamh he befriended soon after she returned to Dublin after a time in Glasgow.

 
 
 
 
Ham Sandwich
"CARRY THE MEEK"
Debut Album Out Feb 15th '08 on Route 109 Recording Company (RMG-Chart)
Features the New Single "KEEPSAKE"
Check out myspace.com/eathamsandwich or www.eathamsandwich.bebo.com for all the delicious details.

 
 
 
 
HAM SANDWICH
Check out myspace.com/eathamsandwich or www.eathamsandwich.bebo.com for all the delicious details.
Get All Their Super Hot Hit Singles: "Sad Songs", "St. Christopher", "Words", and "click...Click...BOOM!"
Out Now on ::: Route 109 Records :::
...the Best or Worst Named Band in Ireland (Depending on your appetite); they're from Kells, you know.

Wanna See HAM SANDWICH on the LATE LATE SHOW? Click Here
Upcoming Ham Sandwich Shows.... expect sweat, blood and n*dity!
14 June - Cork, Cyprus Avenue
15 June - Carlow, The Music Factory
16 June - Drogheda, Mc Hughs
22 June - Mullingar, The Stables
23 June - Dublin, Whelans
6 July - Kells, The Fair Green
3 August - Oldcastle, Le Cheile Festival - Oldcastle City F.C.
4 August - Cork, INDIE-PENDENCE FESTIVAL 2007


Meet Ham Sandwich...
Niamh Sandwich (Vocals) www.myspace.com/xrayvisionniamh
Podge Sandwich (Vocals / Guitar / Piano/ pineapples / coconuts) www.myspace.com/podgehamsandwich
Johnny Sandwich (Bass Guitar) www.myspace.com/johnnysandwich
Darcy Sandwich (Guitar / Piano) www.myspace.com/darcyofhamsandwich
Ollie Sandwich (Drums) www.myspace.com/olliesandwich

‘We called ourselves Ham Sandwich, not because we like sandwiches or because of the sexual innuendo or to get away from the ubiquitous-prefix-followed-by-esoteric-noun formula that most bands follow but because we couldn’t give a f**k what our gang is called, the stupider the better. It’s a bit of a blessing I guess, no-one ever forgets the name and it makes us work harder. It is always going to be next to impossible to market a band called ‘Ham Sandwich’ because the name’s not cool, sexy or arty which means we’ve got to produce really good pop songs, play really good live and kick our own arses to get any success. Then it’s funny when we’re reading things about us or being played on the radio cause we know that the DJ or reviewer saw the name probably laughed their bollox off expecting a novelty record, played it, liked it and gave us a good review or aired our record. I guess we’re experiencing the anguish of an early Engelbert Humperdick.’ ~ Niamh Sandwich


Ham Sandwich, fronted by Podge and Niamh, have cut their cloth as a sterling underground treasure with an almost cult like following the likes of Weezer or early Flaming Lips, a following that knows wherever Ham Sandwich goes fun and madness intrinsically follows.

The name is a simple, effective decoy, just like there's a computer called Apple, a band called Ham Sandwich manages to dispense with the expected cliches of what a modern indie band should be and instead have allowed themselves the space to build a performance that is outstanding in giving people what they want to see, strange outfits, bright colours, a sexy front woman and a lunatic like front man. Their underground status and cult acclaim has seen them guesting alongside such reknown performers as Electric Six, I'm From Barcelona, Whitesnake, Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan, My Morning Jacket, the Bluetones amongst others.

Ham Sandwich will released their fourth single 'click...click...BOOM' in Ireland last February following the success of singles 'Sad Songs', 'St. Christopher' and 'Words'. True DIY enthusiast they have spurned the norms of booking themselves into a studio... to instead build their own studio in Headfort House, Kells (their hometown) with the help of Frames producer Karl Odlum. Their hometown fondness has also seen them turn this 18th Century mansion into the location for their music video for 'St. Christopher' which includes their followers dancing along to their music in the house's expansive ballroom.

Their music has garnered them a wide selection of admirers including legendary Beach Boys producer Van Dyke Parks, Pat kenny, and Bono, who vehemently advised them to change their name and Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan who requested copies of the bands music prior to his solo performance in Dublin earlier this year and invited them along to his show. For novices of the Ham Sandwich live experience here's some advice: leave your prejudice of what an indie band should be safe at home, stock up on lots of funergy and bring your dancing shoes because live...these guys are deliciously stunning.

Johnny put the idea of playing together forward at a crucifixion party on Good Friday, 2003. He had known extrovert frontman Podge since they were toddlers, met Darcy in English class where they shared the same teacher credited with inspiring Tommy Tiernan, Dylan Moran and Hector. Drummer Ollie he met during a bizarre accident involving a thumb ring and a fire engine and the stunning Niamh he befriended soon after she returned to Dublin after a few years in Glasgow.

 
 
 
 
HAM SANDWICH
"click...click...BOOM!!!"
b-Side: "Song in D"
Irish Release Date 16/02/07
Check out myspace.com/eathamsandwich for all the delicious details.
::: Route 109 Records :::

...the Best or Worst Named Band in Ireland (Depending on your appetite); they're from Kells, you know.

"Click...Click...Boom" Launch Gig
Saturday
February 17 in WHELANS, Dublin (12 Euro)

 

Upcoming Ham Sandwich Shows.... expect sweat, blood and nudity!
17 Feb Whelans, Dublin - "click...click...BOOM!!!" Single Launch Gig
22 Feb Roisin Dubh, Galway (with Butterfly Explosion)
23 Feb The Stables, Mullingar (with Butterfly Explosion)
24 Feb The Underground, Carlow (with Butterfly Explosion)


Meet Ham Sandwich...
Niamh Sandwich (Vocals)
Podge Sandwich (Vocals / Guitar / Piano/ pineapples / coconuts)
Johnny Sandwich (Bass Guitar)
Darcy Sandwich (Guitar / Piano)
Ollie Sandwich (Drums)

Ham Sandwich, fronted by Podge and Niamh, have cut their cloth as a sterling underground treasure with an almost cult like following the likes of Weezer or early Flaming Lips, a following that knows wherever Ham Sandwich goes fun and madness intrinsically follows.

The name is a simple, effective decoy, just like there's a computer called Apple, a band called Ham Sandwich manages to dispense with the expected cliches of what a modern indie band should be and instead have allowed themselves the space to build a performance that is outstanding in giving people what they want to see, strange outfits, bright colours, a sexy front woman and a lunatic like front man. Their underground status and cult acclaim has seen them guesting alongside such reknown performers as Electric Six, I'm From Barcelona, Whitesnake, Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan, My Morning Jacket, the Bluetones amongst others.

Ham Sandwich will release their fourth single 'click...click...BOOM' in Ireland on February 16 following the success of singles 'Sad Songs', 'St. Christopher' and 'Words'. True DIY enthusiast they have spurned the norms of booking themselves into a studio... to instead build their own studio in Headfort House, Kells (their hometown) with the help of Frames producer Karl Odlum. Their hometown fondness has also seen them turn this 18th Century mansion into the location for their music video for 'St. Christopher' which includes their followers dancing along to their music in the house's expansive ballroom.

Their music has garnered them a wide selection of admirers including legendary Beach Boys producer Van Dyke Parks, Bono who vehemently advised them to change their name and Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan who requested copies of the bands music prior to his solo performance in Dublin earlier this year and invited them along to his show. For novices of the Ham Sandwich live experience here's some advice: leave your prejudice of what an indie band should be safe at home, stock up on lots of funergy and bring your dancing shoes because live...these guys are deliciously stunning.

Johnny put the idea of playing together forward at a crucifixion party on Good Friday, 2003. He had known extrovert frontman Podge since they were toddlers, met Darcy in English class where they shared the same teacher credited with inspiring Tommy Tiernan, Dylan Moran and Hector. Drummer Ollie he met during a bizarre accident involving a thumb ring and a fire engine and the stunning Niamh he befriended soon after she returned to Dublin after a few years in Glasgow.

‘We called ourselves Ham Sandwich, not because we like sandwiches or because of the sexual innuendo or to get away from the ubiquitous-prefix-followed-by-esoteric-noun formula that most bands follow but because we couldn’t give a fu*k what our gang is called, the stupider the better. It’s a bit of a blessing I guess, no-one ever forgets the name and it makes us work harder. It is always going to be next to impossible to market a band called ‘Ham Sandwich’ because the name’s not cool, sexy or arty which means we’ve got to produce really good pop songs, play really good live and kick our own arses to get any success. Then it’s funny when we’re reading things about us or being played on the radio cause we know that the DJ or reviewer saw the name probably laughed their bollox off expecting a novelty record, played it, liked it and gave us a good review or aired our record. I guess we’re experiencing the anguish of an early Engelbert Humperdick.’ ~ Niamh Sandwich

 
 
 
 
HAM SANDWICH
"Words"
Online Only Single Available from Saturday 19/9/06
Check out myspace.com/eathamsandwich & www.eathamsandwich.com for all the delicious details.
::: Route 109 Records :::


...the Best or Worst Named Band in Ireland (Depending on your appetite); they're from Kells, you know.
 

"Words" Launch Gig Saturday September 23 in WHELANS, Dublin (10 Euro)
::: Support from Michael Knight and Lords of the Black Mountain :::

Hotly tipped & toasted, Ham Sandwich return with their blistering third single "WORDS", produced by Karl Odlum (David Kitt, The Frames, Gemma Hayes) and recorded in the expansive setting of Headfort House, Kells. With already TWO appetising singles under their belts, the haunting SAD SONGS and the punchy ST.CHRISTOPHER, this Kells band really cooks LIVE! Their unique sound is built around the dovetail vocals of Niamh and Podge flying against a sky cloudy with catchy yet intricate guitars.

Ham Sandwich's last trip to Whelans saw sweat, blood and nudity!!

"Lads, you gotta change the name" ~ Bono
"They really should change the name" ~ Alison Curtis (Today FM)
"What kind of name is that!" ~ George Byrne (Evening Herald)
"Terrible name" ~ Ollie (Turn)

 
 
 
 
Ham Sandwich
www.eathamsandwich.com

...the Best or Worst Named Band in Ireland (Depending on your appetite); they're from Kells, you know.
>>>See HAM SANDWICH 'Live' in Whelans, Dublin Saturday July 16th <<<
"Lads, you gotta change the name" ~ Bono
"They really should change the name" ~ Alison Curtis (Today FM)
"What kind of name is that!" ~ George Byrne (Evening Herald)
"Terrible name" ~ Ollie (Turn)
 
 
 
 
 
"Lads, you gotta change the name" ~ Bono
"They really should change the name" ~ Alison Curtis (Today FM)
"What kind of name is that!" ~ George Byrne (Evening Herald)
"Terrible name" ~ Ollie (Turn)

Ham Sandwich
"St. Christopher" (Out Jan.20)

...the Best or Worst Named Band in Ireland (Depending on your appetite); they're from Kells, you know.
>>> LIVE in Whelans, Dublin SATURDAY January 21st <<<

See the new sexy band photos and posh video for "St. Christopher" on http://www.myspace.com/eathamsandwich

more information.....

 
 
 
 
Ham Sandwich
"Sad Songs"

...the Best or Worst Named Band in Ireland (Depending on your appetite); they're from Kells, you know.
>>>See , Wicklow St, Dublin Friday May 13 at 6pm<<<
 
 

‘The Meath band have been compared to the Pixies and American indie darlings Joyzipper, thanks to the compelling guy-girl vocals.’
‘5 to watch’, John Meagher
Irish Independent,

‘Very Impressive demo from Kells band Ham Sandwich. It sounds like a cross between early Smashing Pumpkins and Blondie but maybe a change of name might be in order.’
‘ONSOUND’ Alan Corr RTE Guide,

Ham Sandwich make a really strong mainstream rock noise, the contrasting male and female voices sounding particularly good. They’ve structured ‘Sad Songs’ so well that the changes keep your interest right to the end. They know not only how to build up tension but release it as well, with plenty of light and shade. However it’s length may well work against it if they try to get it played on the non-specialist radio programs in it’s present arrangement. ‘Anything But this’ is a very energetic thrash, but while it’s an enjoyable bunch of punky noise it owes too many debts to other bands (including chiming U2 chord changes, not to mention a few Blondie-isms). The spirited ‘Pints of Guinness’ is a kind of Pogues with Hank Marvin on guitar on a Johnny Cash song sung by Nick Cave. Terrific fun though making Ham Sandwich potentially serious contenders.
Jackie Hayden, Hot Press

‘What a shit name’

‘We called ourselves Ham Sandwich, not because we like sandwiches or because of the sexual innuendo or to get away from the ubiquitous-prefix-followed-by-esoteric-noun formula that most bands follow but because we couldn’t give a fuck what our gang is called, the stupider the better. It’s a bit of a blessing I guess, no-one ever forgets the name and it makes us work harder. It is always going to be next to impossible to market a band called ‘Ham Sandwich’ because the name’s not cool, sexy or arty which means we’ve got to produce really good pop songs, play really good live and kick our own arses to get any success. Then it’s funny when we’re reading things about us or being played on the radio cause we know that the DJ or reviewer saw the name probably laughed their bollox off expecting a novelty record, played it, liked it and gave us a good review or aired our record. I guess we’re experiencing the anguish of an early Engelbert Humperdick.’ Niamh, Ham Sandwich

Ham Sandwich are Podge McNamee, Niamh Farrell, John Moore, Darcy and Ollie Murphy. Moore put the idea of playing together forward at a crucifixion party on Good Friday, 2003. He had known extrovert frontman Podge since they were toddlers, met Darcy in English class where they shared the same teacher credited with inspiring Tommy Tiernan, Dylan Moran and Hector. Drummer Ollie Murphy he met during a bizarre accident involving a thumb ring and a fire engine and the stunning Niamh he befriended soon after she returned to Dublin after 8 years in Glasgow.

Their songs are mostly inspired by relationships deteriorating to the point of blossoming with someone else and many early ideas for songs such as ‘Sad Songs’ and ‘Heartbreaker’ were penned while Moore worked the graveyard shift in a dilapidated psychiatric hospital. Their unique sound is built around the dovetail vocals of Niamh and Podge flying against a sky cloudy with catchy yet intricate guitars.

Having a crap name isn’t that much of a handicap to them once they can produce the goods. On the strength of their demo ‘Sad Songs’ they’ve toured with My Morning Jacket, Whitesnake, Joyzipper and others, declined a very lucrative deal to have a song used in world-wide ad campaign for a leading MP3 manufacturer and had Bono urge them to change their name.

Ham Sandwich’s debut single ‘Sad Songs’ will be released on 13 May 2005

 
 
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