“V98 manages to wrestle the ferocious spirit of punk rock and roughly hammer it into their own shape.” – PopMatters
“I can’t recommend this band enough.” – Joyzine
Following the release of their gritty single “Conversation Killer”, Dublin-based punk rockers V98 unveil their raucous debut EP “PRESSGANG” – a collection of four high octane tracks detailing the frustrations of societal pressures and expectations.
Alongside their abrasive lead single, V98 showcase their musical versatility with “Gracious“, a track criticising artificial displays of altruistic public performance. With rumbling guitar melodies and husky drawls, “‘Gracious‘ is probably the closest thing we have to a political song” guitarist Conor Healy explains.
“It’s about hypocrisy and the ugliness of public shows of charity and when people do good things purely to be seen doing them. You know, do you really actually care about helping someone or are you just making sure that you’re covering your own arse?”
Criticising society’s work/life balance, “PRESSGANG” reflects the disillusionment of self-obsession and narcissism. Fronted by an image taken by award-winning photographer Brent Stirton, the photo depicts two members of the South African Venda tribe taking part in ‘Musangwe’, a brutal bare-knuckle fight that has existed for over 200 years.
The band add: “The word ‘PRESSGANG’ means to persuade or force someone to do something they do not want to do, and for us it reflects the grinding pressure on young people today to enlist a life which they struggle to identify with.”
Recorded and mixed by Dan Doherty from Darklands Audio (Fontaines D.C., Vulpynes) and mastered by Pete Maher (U2, The Pixies, Jack White, The Rolling Stones andNewton Faulkner), V98‘s feverish punk is a true testament to their irrefutable talent.
V98 is frontman Darragh Geoghegan, guitarist Conor Healy, Craig Geoghegan on bass, and Richie O’Brien on drums. Their debut EP, ‘PRESSGANG‘, is released November 8th.
Photos by: Molly Keane