Readers Wives, Niall James Holohan

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Posted on 17th Nov 09 by | comments 0

All good things must come to an end so here Drop-d presents it’s final part of our running interviews with the four members of Dublin’s finest, Readers Wives. This time we get to chew the proverbial fat with head-bottle washer Niall James Holohan to find out what makes the band tick and his fantasy involving […]

All good things must come to an end so here Drop-d presents it’s final part of our running interviews with the four members of Dublin’s finest, Readers Wives. This time we get to chew the proverbial fat with head-bottle washer Niall James Holohan to find out what makes the band tick and his fantasy involving Madonna and why his band are the greatest.

Drop-d: Hello

Niall James Holohan: Hello bro

Drop-d: How are you?

Niall: Great, thanks

Drop-d: What’s happening?

Niall: I’m doing an interview for Drop-d. Obviously (smiles)

Niall James Holohan

Drop-d: What’s been happening since the debut album came out? You won quite a lot of critical acclaim for it, has it added much pressure for the new record? Or do you not let thoughts like that enter the creative process?

Niall: Wow. Yeah. That was a year & a half ago now so ALOT has happened since the debut album came out. I made that album myself, with a little help from my friends & all that. Since then, Reader’s Wives has become a four piece band. Me, Chris Morrin, Doug Farrell & Disko. We’ve played all over, got ourselves a label & a manager. All I wanted was to get out of the record, really

Drop-d: Cool. So, on the EP will be be treated to more gems like Are You Coming For A Drink After Work, Princess? and The Pot’s Still Boiling On The Stove? Tell us everything about the new EP.

Niall: Yeah. The EP is Sexually Attracted To Myself ..Advertising Heroin ..I Don’t Need To Be Seduced ..Dublin Is All Pubs & Cranes ..& ..em ..I Know I’m Not Your Hero Anymore ..It’s called Secrecy & Sex & it’s out on 360 Degree Music on November 9th ..

Drop-d: So the name….. are you as classy as the porno magazine you take your name from? Do you, or have you ever in the past, owned a copy of said porno magazine and if yes, would you encourage your wife to appear in such a tasteful and quality magazine?

Niall: I’ve never owned a mag, no. Honestly, never have. A few Bella Donna DVDs when I lived alone but porn gets old very quick, which is probably why it’s multi million dollar industry, if you think about it.

Drop-d: You’ve got a battle on your hands though because said porno magazine will always be on top in a Google search, or maybe that’s why you’ve called Readers Wives? To encourage horny men to listen to your music instead of having a tug while looking at amateur porn of other men’s wives?

Niall: Yeah. That’s true, but google? Call me old fashioned but my main ambition, as a musician is not to be top of a Google Search (smiles).

Drop-d : What is your main ambition then? (quoting Dan Bern’s song ‘Tiger Woods’)

Niall: To go down on Madonna (smiles)

Drop-d: So what would you say if someone asked you to describe the band in one word? And also one sentence? One word?

Niall: Great. One sentence. Best band in Ireland, mate.



Drop-d: Best band in Ireland. Cool! Where do the best band in Ireland drink the best pint of stout.

Niall: Where’s the best pint of stout in Dublin? Fuck. Em. Well, the Storehouse, no? (smiles) The Brazen Head? There’s loads of good pints in Dublin.


Drop-d: Looking forward to getting your gig on again? Where you playing next?

Niall: Yeah man. We play in London next. Next Dublin gig is the 21st of November at Odessa. Not a launch, but a party, to celebrate the release of our EP

Drop-d : What’s the difference? Between a launch & a party

Niall: A launch is about the people hosting it. A party is for the people we’ve invited


Drop-d : Very Good. Where’s the best place to play in Ireland?

Niall: Vicar Street would be fun, I’d say. We’ve our sights set on Vicar Street.


Drop-d: Where are you more at home, the studio or on stage?

Niall: On stage. Playing live, I feel at home. The studio is loads of fun but the word ‘home’ means fun & a whole load of other things & so I feel ‘at home’ on stage ..on stage & travelling, I feel at home.


Drop-d: How do the songs come about? Jam band or is there a head bottle-washer?

Niall: Well. In terms of our band, that’s an interesting one because it’s changed/ We used to work, solely on my songs but over time, we’ve naturally moved towards being a band, who write together. I don’t know ..it’s different every time. Maybe I’m the boss, still but not one it’s hard to work with, I hope.

Drop-d: Give me your best and worst things about the Irish music scene.

Niall: Wow. OK. Worst thing first. Bands who are chasing fads, still looking to London for a lead on who to be, instead of getting busy being themselves with their friends & making music that way Best thing. The few bands who don’t do that.

Drop-d: What bands/soloists out there, grafting, have caught your ear lately?

Niall: Irish? The Mighty Atomics are great. Little Green Cars. Gerry Nobody.


Drop-d: The Irish music scene’s in a healthy state, discuss. Yeay or nay?

Niall: Depends what you mean by ‘healthy’ ..’Irish’ ..’music’ & ‘scene’ (smiles)

Drop-d: OK. We’ll leave that there. What’s next for the band?

Niall: Well, the EPs release. Our London dates are next up. Then Odessa, 21st of November. Fiver in. If you’re skint, drop us a line on Facebook & we’ll sneak you in a window or something. We’re recording album two right now too. Balcony TV are filming all that for a youtube documentary called The Band Downstairs.


Drop-d: Any plans for world domination or would you prefer to bring peace to the world though your music?

Niall: Does it have to one or the other? (smiles)

Drop-d : Thanks Niall

Niall: Pleasure


Reader’s WivesReader’s Wives debut EP Secrecy & Sex is released internationally on 360 Degree Music UK on November 9th. To celebrate the EPs release, the band play Odessa in Dublin on Saturday November 21st




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