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"Ambient pop that's been given the thumbs up by rock royalty, R.E.M." - Chordblossom
When White Male Actors sent a copy of their debut single '31 Years' to the R.E.M. offices in Athens Georgia on record store day April 2013 little did they know that the response they would get from one of their musical idols would be so overwhelming. Written as a tribute to the band they had loved in the wake of their breakup, drummer Bill Berry replied that it was "by far the greatest tribute to the band that he had heard" and manager Bertis Downs added that it was "simply wonderful, oh my". Not bad for a band who at this stage had not even done a gig!
Formed in late 2012 by Mark Donnelly (Drums) with David Mc Gaughey (Vocals and guitars) and Pete Devine (Guitars) the 3 piece outfit hailing from Strabane in the North West of Ireland quickly made a name for themselves by the quality of the material that they were posting online and then by following up this positive reaction with storming renditions of said material during their debut shows. Sonically the band are inspired by the likes of R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen, Kings Of Leon and U2.
Having signed a deal with up and coming Irish independent label 'Broken Melody Records' in December 2013 the band have recently finished up recording their debut EP and while putting the finishing touches to it they still managed to find time to headline a show at the prestigious Sound City festival in Liverpool, England where their performance captivated a packed house and brought forth a stream of high praising reviews.
The future looks extremely bright for White Male Actors and they are currently making plans to work with famed British producer Gavin Monaghan (Editors, Ryan Adams, Kings Of Leon, Robert Plant) in the coming months on some brand new tracks. Their debut EP 'Ghosts' will be released in the autumn of 2014 through Broken Melody Records.