“This new one is fresher, faster, shorter, stronger, in short the perfect way to start this evenings BBC Introducing Mixtape” – Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music)”
“Full on light show, a ridiculously tight band!” – Phil Taggart (BBC Radio One)
“ It’s powerful stuff. So powerful that you’d be surprised if this young band weren’t very big indeed in the not-too-distant future — not least because their sound in moments has echoes of Coldplay channelling Crosby Stills & Nash with bells and possibly whistles on.” – Barry Egan (Irish Independent)”
“Blessed with a soaring guitar riff, driven vocals, and percussion that rises up to create something special, it’s a perfectly poised return.” – Clash Mag
”A rousing independent folk-pop sound with harmony to the fore” – Nialler9
“Lay As Stone” could have quite easily been written by Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens or Fleet Foxes. This Dublin four-piece has opened its recording account at a level that few young acts could possibly match. – Dan Hegarty (RTE/ CBC MUSIC)
”It’s brilliant”- Stephen McAuley (BBC)
”They make something very difficult sound very easy”- Jim Lockhart (Senior producer RTE/ Horslips)
”Sounds like a band at the start of something…” – Dave Fanning (RTE 2FM)
Orchid Collective consists of four musicians from each corner of Ireland, David O ‘ Shea (lead vocals, guitar), Shea Tohill (lead guitar, vocals), Hugh O’Neill (bass, vocals) and Darra Doyle (drums, vocals). Orchid Collective being together for just under two years have been gigging relentlessly throughout Ireland and the UK. Working tirelessly to create a fresh and exciting live show for their growing audience. Mixing a combination of vocal harmonies and ambient soundscapes, akin to the likes of their inspirations Villagers, Half Moon Run, Alt- J and Bon Iver.
Constant touring and dedication to the road has seen Orchid Collective grow a loyal fan base. Playing packed out tents at almost every festival in Ireland in 2017 (Electric Picnic, Indiependence, Sea Sessions) to making their debut UK appearance at Y Not Festival in Derbyshire. Finding themselves on playlists across RTE 2FM, RTE Radio One, getting spins on BBC Radio One as Phil Taggart’s Future First and BBC Six as Tom Robinson’s Fresh Faves. Latest offering Otherside has seen wide critical acclaim. Clocking in 150,000 streams and gathering over 60,000 listeners form around the world on Spotify in two months. It has reached 7.7 million people nationally in Ireland being play listed on RTE 2FM, Irish track of the week on Today FM and JOE.ie song of the day all in it’s first week of release. It’s recently been featured by Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music Introducing Mixtape and is due to appear in the next season of Made in Chelsea.
Through their own distinct use of vocal harmonies and searing layers of reverbed guitars; Orchid Collective make themselves known as a band that set themselves apart from their contemporaries, offering a bold new imagining of the indie genre.