The Covid-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on professional musicians like renowned Mayo band, Gorilla Radio.
Formed 11 years ago, Gorilla Radio is a full time wedding/pub and club band and is currently comprised of Noel Kenny (vocals/guitar), Joey Kennedy (vocals/leadguitar), Paul Newell (vocals/bass), Seanie Walsh (bass) and newest member, Matteo, on keyboards.
The virus and associated restrictions on social events has all but eradicated the band’s work in the last year.
In ordinary times the band members spend a huge amount of time in each other’s company so lockdown has had a huge social impact on the group too.
But music is all they know and so Gorilla Radion has continued to try to entertain people with a string of brilliant online lockdown performances.
A Valentine’s Day cover of “Especially For You” by the king and queen of 90s pop – Kylie and Jason – (see video below) is the band’s latest release and is proving a big hit with fans, having already notched up over 35,000 views in just a few days.
Gorilla Radio’s first lockdown session consisted of a cover of the Foo Fighters’ hit “Times like These” which gained 30,000 views and was featured on Dublin’s Nova Radio station.
This was followed in May with a cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” that generated 155,000 views.
Band member, Noel Kenny, said Gorilla Radio knew it would be hard to top that success so opted for a change of pace with the tongue in cheek tribute to the Kylie and Jason hit.
It has proven an inspired choice and is going down a treat:
“We all recorded our own little parts and put it together as a video. It kind of shows what the pandemic has been like for us – just walking around not knowing what to do with ourselves,” Noel explained.
“We just wanted to give people something to smile about and tell them we are still trying to work on our music.”
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