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The Donaghys


Though forming initially in 2013, it wasn’t until a reformation in 2017 that Manchester trio The Donaghys really found their feet, emerging fully formed and with a stronger sense of musical identity.

Having grown up in the same village, just playing in different bands, it took a chat after a local open mic night before the three-piece collaborated, taking only two months before they took their idiosyncratic brand of trans-Atlantic indie rock on stage.

Combining the heart-on-sleeve lyricism of bands such as Jimmy Eat World with the swaggering anthemia of The Killers or Oasis, 2018 saw The Donaghys release their first E.P, Turning Heads featuring early singles such ‘Incandescent’, ‘Control’ and ‘She Can Fly’ – all tracks which made the setlist for the band’s raucous debut headline show at Manchester’s Castle Hotel.

Though the title of the band’s latest single might well allude to an inside joke, the band describe the track as “a hymn to defiance in the face of adversity. The message in this song is about not only acknowledging your failings but wearing them as a badge of honour in the fight to make yourself a better individual, day by day, even when life is at its bleakest.”

Three and a half minutes of upbeat indie rock, ‘Don’t Mind Me’ is the sound of The Donaghys not just at their freshest and most confident, but also their most vital. After a year in which everyone has been tested in some way another, ‘Don’t Mind Me’ doesn’t feel just like a single, but like a statement of intent. And it couldn’t have come at a better time.

The Donaghys are:

  • James Konnanov – Guitar / Vocals
  • Scott Ripley – Bass Guitar
  • Nathan Ripley – Drums

The Donaghys – Don’t Mind Me

The Donaghys – Hindsight

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Band/Artist location – Rochdale England
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