It’s going to be a good year for Cronin

Cronin, the noted Irish band that possesses a strong vein of musical Crossmolina blood, will release their first original single in two years tomorrow.

Cronin were listening to the likes of Lou Reed’s Transformer, and began work on Bank of Love the night Scott Walker died in 2019. But it took another form with the pandemic and evolved into, what they describe as, ‘…a love song that you can wash the dishes to.’

This was one of the first songs we started jamming to get the juices flowing after not seeing each other for three months when the first lockdown was lifted last year,” said the band, who used to be a mod-inspired act known as The Aftermath.

“We wanted to get back to the feeling of being a young band playing songs in a garage”.

The Midlands-based band is made up of Leeds/Irish brothers Johnny and Mick Cronin, both of whom have strong Crossmolina connections, along with Brian Murphy and Fiachra Milner.

Johnny and Mick had spent many years in the north of England, before returning to their home country over a decade ago.

They appeared on The Late Late Show special to raise money for The Simon Community at Christmas, alongside U2 and Glen Hansard, and also popped up in Crock of Gold, the Julien Temple 2020 documentary about Shane MacGowan.

They’re friendly with Shane MacGowan and also participated on The Late Late Show tribute to The Pogues’ frontman on RTE television in December 2019.

Bank of Love was recorded at Transmission Rooms, Drumlish, Co Longford by Mick Cronin and mixed by Ger McDonnell (U2, Manic Street Preachers).

Meanwhile, Cronin continue work on the follow up to their debut album of almost five years ago, The First Kiss of Love, with a mid-2021 release date penciled in.

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