Longford musician Joe Regan is no stranger to the music scene, with his band State Lights making waves across the country.
The band has gone from strength to strength since 2015 when members Joe, Shane 'Shobsy' O'Brien, Paul Ridgeway and Noel Perry got together at music college, BIMM Dublin.
And they've recently released their new single, 'Peace Will Come', which sends a positive message into a world of war and unease.
“We wrote ‘Peace Will Come’ about a year and a half ago, off the back of an old song idea from our first few months as a band,” Joe told the Longford Leader.
“We thought musically it was quite powerful, and the natural lyric that flowed out of Shobsy was one that dealt with the political and social climate of that time.”
The song was written during the US Presidential Election, he added.
“Hearing what Trump and Clinton were saying to each other and how the whole thing turned super nasty was just such a bizarre thing.
“We were asking each other 'how is this happening?'
“So the song was inspired by that dark time, and ultimately is about spreading a positive message of faith and hope that we will see better times than ever before, once we emerge from the current era of politics.”
The band has also released a video to accompany the new single.
“The video features some famous faces and friends of ours who got behind our message and the song, such as Liam Cunningham (actor), Patrick Bergin (actor), Garry Ringrose (rugby player), Guggi (artist), Craig Fitzgerald (The Academic) and Kevin Thornton (Celebrity Chef),” Joe explained.
The song itself was produced in Joe's studio in Granard, Studio CHR, and mixed by Mark Needham, who has worked with such artists as The Killers, Imagine Dragons, P!nk and Kodaline.
From there, the band got Ted Jensen, who has worked with the likes of Green Day, Kings of Leon, Muse and Florence + The Machine, to master the track.
So it's no wonder the result was a fantastic single that will appeal to the masses.
The video, 'Peace Will Come' can be seen on YouTube, but if you want more from the band, you're in luck, because they'll be back in Longford on March 24.
“We’re super excited to play in The Backstage Theatre again on March 24,” said Joe.
“Our gig there last summer was one of our most memorable gigs ever as a band. The crowd were so supportive and amazing.
“It was really touching that I brought my band to Longford for the first time and we were received so well.”
'Peace Will Come' is available via iTunes and other digital platforms.
Watch the video for 'Peace Will Come' below:
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