Tralee based rock act Philtre was formed in the summer of 2004 by Junior Abdulsalam, Tom Leahy and Padraig Dillane. They strived at great lengths to create their own distinctive sound centered on melodic riffing, aggressive vocals and addictive choruses and their music has been described as infectious alternative rock.
Since the band's formation Philtre have gone from strength to strength making appearances at the Rose of Tralee festival winning "Live at the Rose" competition in August 2005. This enabled the band to record their debut EP "Bullet from nowhere".
Constant gigging saw Philtre sharing the stage with Republic of Loose at the Killarney Summer fest. Throughout 2005 also saw them play with Leya, Delorentos, Vesta Varo and The Flaws.
January 2006 brought the release of debut EP "Bullet from nowhere" with the headline track being featured on RTE's "The Sunday Game"
February saw Philtre being selected as one of the best six unsigned acts in Ireland to Play on the Murphy's Live 2006 showcase Philtre enjoyed great success at the Murphy's Live with "Bullet from nowhere" Being nominated as one of the hit songs on the Murphy's Live complitation.
In August Philtre appeared at the prestigious Bloom festival which prides itself on selecting the best of up and coming acts in Ireland.
Star Turtle began June 2003 in Matt Walker's (Lead singer) back room. Daragh Hoey (Guitarist) and Matt had played a couple of acoustic gigs together but now wanted to expand. Practice began September 2003 with drummer Gary Nixon and bassist Barry Hyland. They played their first gig December 28th in the small, dungeon like-venue, Isaac Butts.
2004 was spent practicing and lightly gigging with a few jaunts to the studio experimenting with new songs. Nothing other than experience was taken from 2004.
If asked, Star Turtle began in earnest in the summer of 2005 with the recording of their first EP and the acquiring of their new bassist, Jonathan Walker, younger brother of lead singer. This new line-up played their first gig in October, and then went on to launch their EP in the Crawdaddy November 2005.
S.tl gigged regularly over the next 7 months before returning to the studio to record their second EP "Nightmares&VideoGames" under the production of Q, the guitarist of the reknowned band Lir. Whilst mixing their EP, they played the Hard Working Class Heroes, where Hotpress lauded their live performance. They went on to headline Whelan's in October, Bewley's theatre in November, and Radio City in December.
Finally in April 2007, Star Turtle launched their second EP "Nightmares&VideoGames" in Crawdaddy: a fast, punchy single of which Hotpress wrote had "dollops of energy."
It was on the back of their second EP that Star Turtle decided to take control of their own destiny and record an independent album. They booked a studio for July and then started an intense period of preproduction; this culminated in a headline show in Whelan's at the end June to showcase the upcoming album "Grin&Bear