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invaderband

 

about

 

Invaderband are a garage/artrock band assembled in 2012 in Derry, Northern Ireland by Mancunian singer, guitarist and songwriter Adam Leonard who enlisted local musicians to voltage-enhance his dystopian post-punk songs.

 
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THE BAND

 

ADAM LEONARD - VOX, guitar, synths

  CHRIS McCONAGHY- LEAD GUITAR, synths

GAVIN McCARTNEY - BASS GUITAR  

RION (album) / DEE (live) - DRUMS


BIOG

Invaderband are a garage/artrock band assembled in 2012 in Derry, Northern Ireland by Mancunian singer, guitarist and songwriter Adam Leonard who enlisted local musicians to voltage-enhance his dystopian post-punk songs.

After honing their live act through 2013-2014, they issued their debut single 'The Implausible Man' in April 2015 on International Record Store Day and the follow-up, 'Attack Of The Pod People' in December 2015.

The singles were picked up by local, regional and national BBC Radio, with the latter making it onto the BBC 6Music Recommended Playlist.

Originally pencilled in for a late 2016 release, the self-titled debut album finally arrived on 6th January 2017. Since then the record has enjoyed radio play throughout the UK & Ireland (BBC Radio 6Music, BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Foyle, RTE 2FM, RTE 2XM, RTE RNAG & Today FM) and has received widespread critical acclaim (see below for press quotes). Tracks from the album have now been 6Music Recommended by Steve Lamacq twice.

The album was shortlisted (Top 12) for the 2017 Northern Ireland Music Prize Album Of The Year and the current single 'Attack of the Pod People' made THE THIN AIR'S Top 100 Irish Tracks of 2017.

The band are currently planning shows for 2018 (email if you'd like to book us) and writing another album, tentatively titled 'Invaderband 2'.


NEWS

DECEMBER 2017

12/12/17 - Chris & Adam interviewed in The Derry News

12/12/17 - Chris & Adam interviewed in The Derry News


"...And make no mistake, it’s been a pretty remarkable year for Irish music. Here’s our take on what stood out best, strongest, and most emphatically of all..." Our track 'Attack Of The Pod People' made it into The Thin Air’s Top 100 Irish Tracks of 2017. Just!

"...And make no mistake, it’s been a pretty remarkable year for Irish music. Here’s our take on what stood out best, strongest, and most emphatically of all..."

Our track 'Attack Of The Pod People' made it into The Thin Air’s Top 100 Irish Tracks of 2017. Just!



NOVEMBER 2017

22/11/17 - NI Music Prize clip about the album by the Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast.


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Dublin, opening for the phenomenal Autre Monde. Photo by Wrapped In Plastic.

Dublin, opening for the phenomenal Autre Monde. Photo by Wrapped In Plastic.


OCTOBER 2017

Next gig at Voodoo Vintage, Lower Main Street, LETTERKENNY, Ireland. Entry: 8 euro before midnight, 10 euro after midnight.

Next gig at Voodoo Vintage, Lower Main Street, LETTERKENNY, Ireland.

Entry: 8 euro before midnight, 10 euro after midnight.


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13th October: The Daily Mirror on our chances of winning the NI Music Prize... "An outsider".


SEPTEMBER 2017

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We're absolutely delighted and shocked to be shortlisted for the Northern Ireland Music Prize 2017. More than 70 judges were contacted from the music industry and music media. They were invited to cast their votes for the best album of the last 12 months, and 'Invaderband' was in the top 12.

There will be a second round of voting and the winning album will be announced at a special awards night at the Mandela Hall in Belast on November.


Interview with Adam & Chris on 6Music

Sept 23rd - Click HERE to listen.


AUGUST 2017

 

New gigs announced (see LIVE section below) including The Thin Air's Culture Night Belfast show at the Oh Yeah Centre on September 22nd.


MAY 2017

Photo from 24/5/17 by Mickey Rooney. More photos via THE THIN AIR HERE.

Photo from 24/5/17 by Mickey Rooney. More photos via THE THIN AIR HERE.

THE ULTIMATE SUPPORT SLOT! WE WERE HONOURED TO OPEN FOR DAMO SUZUKI IN LETTERKENNY.

THE ULTIMATE SUPPORT SLOT! WE WERE HONOURED TO OPEN FOR DAMO SUZUKI IN LETTERKENNY.


APRIL 2017

(The Irish News, 14/4/17)


MARCH 2017

10th March 2017: Lovely words from The Daily Mirror!

Upcoming gigs...

Upcoming gigs...


FEBRUARY 2017

The Making of 'Invaderband' feature on BBC Radio Ulster's ATL. Click on image to listen.

The Making of 'Invaderband' feature on BBC Radio Ulster's ATL. Click on image to listen.


JANUARY 2017

Steve Lamacq played the opening track from the album 'Ship Of Nothing' on his BBC 6Music Recommends show. Further national radio play came from Tom Robinson and Gideon Coe:

Steve Lamacq played the opening track from the album 'Ship Of Nothing' on his BBC 6Music Recommends show.

Further national radio play came from Tom Robinson and Gideon Coe:



PRESS

 

“If John Peel was still with us, this lot would be one of his favourite new bands” - The Daily Mirror

 

"Invaderband have set the bar incredibly high ... sounds like a lost classic" - The Irish News

 

"A rare breed of a record. Impossibly earworming" - The Thin Air

 

“Definitely one of the records of the year. Magnificent” - SWIT

 

“Sly and cunning with a great hook. I really like this…” - Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 6Music

 

“Really good ... smashing record” - Gideon Coe, BBC Radio 6Music

 

“Splendidly anarchic” - Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6Music

 

“Fresh, invigorating & snappy” - Mickey Bradley, BBC Radio Ulster

 

"Fantastic. A great debut record" - Across The Line, BBC Radio Ulster

 

"Incredible. An absolute must-have. Get them into your life as fast as you can" - Stephen McCauley, Electric Mainline, BBC Radio Foyle

 

"On an aural axis that freewheels between Roxy Music and Magazine. Slickly drilled post-punk ... Steeped in wit, waywardness and white hot effervescence” - Mark Barton, The Sunday Experience

 

“It will be looked back on as a cult classic” - Louder Than Words

 

 

 

 

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Autumn 2017 dates

 

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'Blue Light' band photographs by WRAPPED IN PLASTIC PHOTOGRAPHY