OCHO’s debut album was released in May 2012 and instantly caught the attention of national radio. They were invited into RTÉ studios to record a live set for the 2FM Sessions and were awarded the Today FM recommended daily download, both very high accolades for an up and coming band in Ireland. They performed a number of sold out shows and were given one of the very few performance slots at Ireland’s biggest music Festival, ELECTRIC PICNIC, where they performed on the main stage for Body & Soul. They also played at Castlepalooza and the Beatyard music festival in Dublin.
From day one of it’s release, ‘Young Hunting’ was blogged about and reviewed worldwide. Phrases such as ‘Stylishly agressive’, ‘hauntingly beautiful’ were used to express how reviewers were feeling when they heard OCHO’s debut album.
“‘Young Hunting‘ draws you instantly in, from beginning to end, floating out the speakers like a ghost effecting it’s surroundings” Mutantspace
Hotpress gave the album 4/5 stars “Her formaula is a winning one, using a blend of loops and beats that serve as an unsettling soundscape against which she can paint portraits of love and life” HOTPRESS MAGAZINE
OCHO’s sound really got under the skin of award winning Polish Director Marcin Koszalka, and in February 2012 they flew to Krácow to film their first music video with Koszalka and his film crew at his request and with his funding. This video was for their first single and title track from the album “Young Hunting”. Within 2 weeks the video had spread old school (word of mouth) style and had over 10,000 views online, with messages and blog reviews coming in from all over the world.
OCHO are an electronic group based in Ireland, but their sound is quite foreign to their surroundings. They are lead singer and writer Stace Gill and Producer/Writer DOS, with guest musicians Eanna Hickey, Jill Deering, Lisa Cuthbert and Sarah Glesson. The comfortably creepy and ambient record is most definitely influenced by an eclectic mix of music from all over the world. OCHO have been compared to the bands they love, which is a huge compliment, but this still doesn’t define what this young Irish group sound like. Think sweeter lighter Portishead with a dash of Massive Attack, Bat for Lashes, Imogen Heap and you’re a little close to what OCHO sounds like, but only close. This is a unique group with their own sound, a truly timeless album that sinks in if given the chance. The infectious sound of OCHO was achieved through hard work and dedication over a number of years, by two people driven by creativity and passion for what they love, music.
Next up for OCHO
Dublin City FM Schedule Launch Party – The Mercantile 30/11/12
YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE, for the Simon Community on the 8/12/12 with other acts including The Strypes, Donal Lunny and comedian David O’Doherty – New Market Square CO-OP Dublin.
Openning for R.S.A.G – The Button Factory 22/12/12