Culturepool played a big part in The Trestles. They put us on at the Working Class Music Festival in 2009 and our last major gig in Liverpool was to headline their 5th birthday bash at ‘Above the Beaten Track’ last August. A book has been published to celebrate their achievements and Al O’Hare is featured with a double page spread talking about his feelings for Culturepool.
Have a look here on pages 44-45.
- Laura McKinlay & Alan O’Hare, Liverpool, December 2011.
A brief update from Al: I’ve been in Crosstown Studios in Liverpool to record demos for our next move. All will be revealed in 2012, suffice it to say that we will be a new band, with a new name, brand new songs and a new sound. The first tentative steps could not have gone better. You will hear new music and see us live, early in the New Year. And I’d like to welcome Laura McKinlay (from Denny, Scotland) on the fiddle, as our newest recruit. Keep the faith and have a great Christmas and New Year… Al.
*Don’t forget to follow Al’s Twitter
for the latest developments and visit the SHOP
to order ‘What Do You See?’ for just £4.99 (inc. P&P). When the last batch are sold out, that will be it…
Al O’Hare was a special guest on journalist Ian Hall’s Liverpool Student Media radio show recently. We’ve got the Listen Again here now – with Al talking about the end of The Trestles, a new direction and exclusive solo acoustic performances of new songs ‘The Grave’ (listen at 12.40) and ‘Michael’ (listen at 28.50). The interview is a revealing one and touches on what’s happening with all members of the band right now. Al says: “Take it for what it is. Everything is a work in progress at the minute – including these two tunes. We’ve got massive changes in the pipeline and things have already started happening. The Trestles were the river – where we’re going next is the sea…” Enjoy! And keep your eye on Al’s Twitter for developments.
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Have a listen below to a live acoustic version of a brand new Trestles tune. ‘Michael’ will be recorded for the band’s second album in 2012 –
but as a little tribute to REM, we’ve posted a recent live clip of Al O’Hare singing the song in Mathew Street’s View Two Gallery.
Here’s a little explanation from Al too: “I was gutted when REM split… but I’d had this tune written for a while before that. We’re uploading now as a little tribute to REM – it’s very much in demo form at the minute and will change shape and colour before we record it with The Trestles. The song tells the story of how REM changed my life. Do you remember the first big gig to have an impact on you? This was mine. The sights, sounds and smells of a big live event did something to my being and I’ve never been the same since! Enjoy the song…”
* Our gig at The Pilgrim, Liverpool on October 21st has been postponed. Stay tuned for further details of our next live shows asap… *
Al was asked to play at a tribute night to American legend Johnny Cash in Liverpool recently. “He was like the North Star,” said Bob Dylan. He was right. Have a listen to The Trestles’ singer’s acoustic take on ‘Brand New Dance’…
Still the reviews come in for our debut album ‘What Do You See’ –
and they show no signs of calming down! Another great write-up, this time from venerable Scouse fanzine The End, claims the record is “thoroughly inspiring” and “unerringly current.”
Courtesy of Nick Hill Photography
Picking out ‘A Drink Of Water’, ‘Sing On’, ‘Ghosts Of Redundancy’ and ‘Thirty’, The End are perplexed as to “why this city has not taken the Trestles to their hearts (yet) instead of fay, unwitty scouse wannabe’s like the Wombats…” And so say all of us!
Read the full review here now
Order the album securely online now
The good folks at HCR gave our brand new single its first radio spin this week –
and you can hear it here first:
The Trestles release ‘Oscar Wilde (Stole My Morning)’ digitally via iTunes and other downloading sites on Monday, August 22nd. We’re hoping the tune will pick up more airplay too – so get in touch with BBC Radio Merseyside, 6Music et al and let them know you want to hear some proper pop music on the airwaves! And let’s know what you think below or via twitter/facebook…