Dead School

Dead School

Dead School

Alternative, Punk, Rock
From: Cork, Ireland

Band Members

  • Donal McDonald - Vocals
  • Cathal Maher - Guitars
  • James McDonald - Drums
  • Eddie Kiely - Manager

About Band

                                                                         DEAD SCHOOL UK TOUR




Tipped by Hot Press Magazine as 'one's to watch' at the beginning of 2011, Dead School lived up to the billing, clocking up nearly 100 gigs around Ireland during the year, making their festival debut at the Indiependence Music & Arts Festival, and releasing two killer singles that scorched the national airwaves.

'Frailties' and '3:17' found their way onto the playlists at most Irish radio stations and have made their forthcoming album, due out on FIFA Records in 2012, one of the most hotly anticipated Irish releases for years.

The music is intense and catchy post-punk, dark at times but has had dance floors moving across the country. Dead School are poised to set off on their first UK tour shortly after they record a coveted session for national Irish broadcaster 2FM. They also release their first UK single 'Frailties' on March 2nd.

This is a hard working, hard rocking band with its eye on the bigger picture. Miss them at your peril.

Cork - Wed Feburary 22 - An Brog Cork - Wed Feburary 29 - Crane Lane Theatre Edinburgh – Thurs March 8 – Whistlebinkies

Glasgow – Sat March 10 – The Admiral

Glasgow – Sun March 11 – Pivo Pivo

London – Weds March 14 – The Dublin Castle

London – Fri March 16 – Barfly

Liverpool – Sat March 17 – Zanzibar

London – Sun March 18 – The Old Blue Last

Birmingham – Tues March 20 – The End

Dudley – Thurs March 22 – The Olde Foundry

Blackburn – Fri March 23 – The Live Lounge

London – Sat March 24 - The Borderline

Dublin - Sat 7th April - Sweenys   

 "Band of the week, Dead School, a post-punk band from Cork, Ireland. Witty, socio-critical fun meets exalted, breathless vocals, guitar strumming is confronted with a pumping bass and a wailing overdrive" - Nov 2011

"Cork’s Dead School who play with an edgy intensity and have already released a couple of strong singles"

Limerick Post - Nov 2011

You know you're on to a good thing when a song makes you want to dance and smash the club to pieces at the same time"

Hot Press - Oct 2011  

“There’s an epic swagger to Corks Dead School”

Metro Herald –Oct 2011

"Dead School brandish a cacophonous mix of rock and alternative and they ply it with remarkable style and edge. This single captures the ferocity of their live show, and this is particularly clear from ‘3:17’. It’s all crashing cymbals, wailing guitars and wavering yet strong vocals on the track as the band seem eager to jump out of your speakers."

Goldenplec Oct 2011

Brandishing an energetic mix of Interpol and Black Rebel Motor Cycle Club they   seem poised to take the nation by storm”

Drop - Oct 2011

The post-punk terrain has been covered before, but Dead School bring elements of this sound kicking and screaming into 2011. – Sept 2011

“Their live show has been playing to packed houses around  Ireland and the band is set to continue this throughout the coming months. When you catch it live, you'll realise why there is such early record label interest in Dead School”

Waterford Today – Aug 2011

Dead School (8/10) lift proceedings perfectly, with a live show that betrays even their recordings for intensity. Full of swagger and in their stride, the band are a hail of feedback, presence and energy, bang-on renditions of Standing on the Edge and a distortion-laden Frailties are executed with authority and precision. Journos in the crowd stand and take notice” 

Drop - Aug 2011

In fact, the energy with which the post-punk band are chasing commercial and critical kudos in their fledgling musical careers is matched only by the frenetic energy and passion that flows from the pounding drums and swirling guitars of their acclaimed live performances"

Connacht Tribune - July 2011
"Local Lads Dead School kick off proceedings in Corks Pavilion, all but breaking sound barriers with their impossibly loud, guitar-driven rock. The venue is already heaving when the frenzied foursome take to the stage and although they've got the freshest faces of the line up, the crowd welcome them with open arms. Judging by these happy revellers, Dead School's hard hitting tunes pack an immediate punch."

Hot Press - Jun 2011

Certainly one to watch, they boast a big, full and epic sound which makes it easy to see just how popular they have become.

The Cork News – May 2011

Frailties is big, spacey, yet focused and purposeful, with a resolve few Irish bands have been able to match so far this year. Invested with confrontation and vulnerability, this is far from the lightweight material a lot of Irish indie has been guilty of. In fact, this is nigh-on how Irish indie, a genre sullied by the like of TheCoronas and The Script (*wretches at thought*) is meant to sound: thunderous, with post-punk conviction everywhere, with dark, bracing alternative undertones.Standing on the Edge, meanwhile, bolsters the heavy end of proceedings, dark and groovy, before veering into a chorus that would make Pablo Honey-era Radioheadsmarten upDrop-d Rating: 9/10”

Drop – May 2011

A live transfusion of passion, intensity and distinctively unconventional song writing - check out their rip-roaring debut double A-sided single ' Frailties / Standing on the Edge' if you don't believe us"
Hot Press - April 2011
“Dead School are a fresh new rock band from Cork who are definitely one to watch out for,especially as a live act. Formed just last year, this 4 piece group are  creating quite a stir nationwide on the gig scene, recieving rave reviews along the way”

Eclectic Sound Bytes – April 2011

“Frailties is powerful, it is loud. A raucous punk rock track that is sure to grab some attention”

 Think You Can Wait – April 2011

"They have a growing fan base and have attracted the interest of various record labels.Their live show is something special, it is full of raw energy, swirling guitars, pounding drums and unique vocals. These elements combined with their broad range of influences ranging from My Bloody Valentine to Nick Cave combine to create an original and exciting sound"

Tipperary Nationalist - Mar 2011

"Dead School are proving themselves as genuine talent."

Bluabushka - Feb 2011



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