Dublin punk newcomers V98 share gritty new single ‘Conversation Killer’

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Photos by: Molly Keane

Dublin and Edinburgh based punk band V98 (vee-ninety-eight) announce the release of their gritty single ‘Conversation Killer’, the first track from their debut EP ‘PRESSGANG’ to be released this winter.

Opening with a thunderous guitar riff, ‘Conversation Killer’ begins with the antagonistic chant: “I’ll get a fucking job when I wanna get a job” before crashing into propulsive percussion. The track follows a character at war with himself and the society he lives in – perfectly partnered with the song’s snarling guitars and roaring bass. Feelings of frustration and torment are rife throughout the track, with frontman Darragh Geoghegan’s raspy, sensitive vocals brimming with gloom and inherent rage.

“The character in the song is actually an amalgam of some of the less glorious aspects of each of our lives – we all have our own verse in there” guitarist Conor Healy explains. “All the time he’s flitting back and forth from despair to rage, as he faces the prospect of going out to an unfamiliar social event and feeling inferior.”

“Social situations are sometimes an opportunity for people to grandstand, and when your own opinion of yourself isn’t very high a seemingly innocuous setting like a dinner can be hell; it leaves you feeling very exposed. So, the whole idea was just to look at that awkwardness and resentment that comes about through your own issues.”

Listen to ‘Conversation Killer’ – BELOW:

Intertwined with innate punk licks and indie strings, ‘Conversation Killer’ exhibits a band with the ability to make raucous tracks infused with blistering punk rhythms. Recorded and mixed by Dan Doherty from Darklands Audio (Fontaines D.C., Vulpynes) and mastered by Pete Maher (U2, The Pixies, Jack White, The Rolling Stones and Newton Faulkner), V98 are ready to share their post-punk rock vision with the world. This is a band with a voice to be heard.

V98 is frontman Darragh Geoghegan, guitarist Conor Healy, Craig Geoghegan on bass, and Richie O’Brien on drums. Their debut EP, ‘PRESSGANG’, is released November 8th.

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