Irish Rockers Colm O’Mahony & The Hot Touches drop New Single “Damage”

I guess, even this far down the line, if you are a rock band from Ireland and following in the blues-infused, kick-arse rock tradition, then two names are still going to loom large above you. Thin Lizzy and Rory Gallagher. Even in the more traditional folk-lands of Kerry, those two names will resonate like Celtic gods for many.

So it doesn’t hurt that you can hear the echoes of both in the music of Colm O’Mahony & The Hot Touches. With hints of Gallagher’s hard blues and the melodicism of early Lizzy intertwined with more contemporary sounds, Damage sits at the end of a very well-respected sonic family tree.

Guitars can be both raw and rythmic; the riffs blend muscle and melody, basses pulse, and beats propel, and the vocals are just knowing and slightly world weary enough to act as the icing on this foot-on-the-monitor, no-nonsesne slice of rock.

But they can take those timeless, classic sonic strands and bring them bang up to date, via more alternative deliveries that is the excellent (hot) touch here. And it is this ability to call on the past whilst reinventing it just enough, this ability to be both fresh and familiar at the same time, that is going to make them such a hot property.