| 10.5°C Dublin

high note Meath rock band N.O.A.H. moved into together during lockdown to work on new songs

"Yeah, we're all in my house with my parents," Adam tells me. "My mam and dad have inherited two more smelly sons."





They're one of Ireland's hottest new bands, and rock trio N.O.A.H have been making the most of lockdown.

While the pandemic put their live shows on hold, childhood pals Ryan Hill, Ronan Hynes and Adam Rooney have used the time to create a wealth of songs.

"If the pandemic hadn't hit, we would all have been either working or in college and we wouldn't have had the time to put into the band," Adam Rooney tells Shuffle.

"Since we were afforded all this extra time, we moved in together and then we started having proper writing camps. Right now we have a batch of 35 songs that we wouldn't have had."

The trio from Ratoath, Co Meath, created their own Covid bubble by deciding to live together in Adam's family home.





"Yeah, we're all in my house with my parents," Adam tells me. "My mam and dad have inherited two more smelly sons. It's not too bad, to be fair. My dad is a chef, so he's in work during the day. My mam works from home, but is in her office upstairs. So, the house is pretty much empty all day.

"In December and January we took a complete break and everyone went home. Since last month we started back at it again because we need to get the plan together for an eventual release of an EP in August.

"When we decided we'd have to start writing again it was so much easier to be with each other."

N.O.A.H, who've been championed by celebrities including Kodaline and Laura Whitmore, are now primed for take-off when Covid restrictions are lifted.

This week it was announced that they've signed a deal with Mother Artists in the UK, who are high powered booking agents for live acts that include Foster The People, Idles, Foals and First Aid Kit.

"They're going to be looking after all our gigs and tours globally, apart from the US," Adam says. "So fingers crossed for 2022 when hopefully we can play international gigs when the opportunity comes around."

Although they have yet to play a live gig as N.O.AH, the trio used to perform in their teen band known as Electric Shore. "I had a bass guitar, Ronan had a drum kit, but Ryan was the only one that could play his guitar when we started off at the ages of 13 and 14," Adam reveals.

"We were doing covers of songs by the likes of Kings of Leon, U2 and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Doing the covers helped us to develop our own unique style of playing."

Ronan and Ryan went to BIMM music college, while Adam studied music technology in Maynooth University.

"We're fortunate to have the skill sets to record ourselves and release music," Adam says. "And because we've been playing music together since we were teenagers, we've acquired a lot of instruments and equipment over the years.

"We have all the recording equipment that we need to do all our demos."

The three rising stars also have the full support of their respective parents as they follow their dreams.

"Some of them are living their dream vicariously through us," Adam laughs. "My dad plays guitar. He's never in bands, but there has always been musicology in the house. There was always a guitar lying around and bands like U2 playing at home, and Bruce Springsteen.

"It's the same with the other lads. Ronan's dad, Carl, is the biggest U2 fanatic I've ever met in my life. He even has framed pictures of Bono around the house. So they are all as obsessed with music as we are."

With hit singles Shine and Darkest Hour to their credit, N.O.A.H's success has taken the sting out of missing out on performing at all the major Irish festivals last year. "We were booked for all of them," Adam adds.

N.O.A.H'S new single, Darkest Hour, is out now.

Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices

Sunday World