O.R.B SCOOP METEOR CHOICE MUSIC PRIZE “SONG OF THE YEAR” AWARD
“Never Gonna Walk Away” walks off with top gong for top song.
O.R.B (formerly Original Rudeboys) won the Song Of The Year award at the Meteor Choice Music Prize in Dublin on Thursday evening. The award, which was decided by public vote; was for “Never Gonna Walk Away”, which was a Top 10 Irish hit for the band released in November 2013, and has gone on to enjoy well over 3,000 plays on Irish radio.
“Never Gonna Walk Away” was also voted one of the top 3 songs of the year in the Hot Press “Hotties” poll published this week.
It’s another great chapter in the short history of this hard working trio from inner city Dublin. Formed in March 2011: Rob Burch (vocals, guitar), Ned Arkins (rapping) and Sean Walsh (guitar) released their debut album as Original Rudeboys in spring 2012. “This Life” has gone on to achieve platinum sales status in Ireland, and was the mother ship to four hit singles: “Stars In My Eyes”, “Travelling Man”, “Written Songs (Feeling Good)” and “Blue Eyes”.
O.R.B have toured extensively, including a far-reaching European and Australian arena tour with The Script in 2013. As headliners, they sold out The Olympia Theatre in Dublin three times last year. Their evocative and inventive music videos have been watched over 3 million times on YouTube. They have over 70,000 friends on Facebook and almost 50,000 followers on Twitter.
O.R.B are just putting the finishing touches to their second album, which will be out later in the spring. The follow up to “Never Gonna Walk Away” – brand new single “Feel It In Your Soul” – is already making friends at Irish radio and will be released on Gotta Run / Rubyworks on Friday 28th April.
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So we’ve been scratching our large heads here in the HQ deciding what track to release next as a single before dropping Album 2. This album really has so much diversity though out it in comparison to “This Life” something we set out to do and i’m quite confident we achieved it. Theres a lot of hard hitting tracks on album 2 that bring up a bag of emotions from sadness and anger to the hard hitting truths of reality and everything in between (The usual for us so haha). But alongside that there is a brighter side to it all, While still writing lyrics that we think hit home the songs themselves are upbeat and almost feel good in a way. We simply cant wait for you all to hear them and sooner rather than later you will. But for know its a decision as to what we put out for radio stations and the general public to hopefully pick up and play. After thinking about it for a bit we went with a track called “Feel It In Your Soul” as a music listener i like to make my own mind up on what a song is about. For years i thought a particular U2 song was about something to find out it wasn’t at all. But for me it was about that particular thing and thats what i loved about it and how we all as humans interpret songs differently. So while i will give my thoughts behind songs on Album 2 its important you all bring your own circumstances and life into the particular track and make up your own ideas of what its about.
So with “Feel It In Your Soul” we wanted to bring up a topic that has always been around but brought to light even more so to us over the last 3 years as a band from fans mailing us and speaking up. I suppose the core of the song evolves around people not being happy with who they are or how they look and often with media and t.v painting the perfect picture of how you should look and feel it doesn’t help at all. So we wrote the core of the lyrics and at the beginning it was a lyrically heavy and serious song to be honest. We went away for awhile to let it sink in and came back to it weeks later and decided to turn the whole thing on its head. We dissected the lyrics and almost stripped them back to there bones. Instead of having another hard hitting sounding song (Don’t worry the album has lots) we added a 90’s feel good vibe to it with a little bit of Irish Soul and set out to celebrate people for who they are and how they look and feel. For me the song has small reflections of “Written Songs” in it as it has that feel good summer vibe but then also “Sunny Days” as its a serious subject we touch upon but do so with an up-beat vibe to it. Anyway what ever you do make sure to keep you ear open for the TRUMPETS and BASS! there epic in it. And be sure to tell us what you think over on Twitter and Facebook or even on the comments section here.
“FEEL IT IN YOU SOUL”
“Bring it back to the days you’d praise where happiness was a state of mind and not a phase, Where being you was the thing to do and nobody could say shit just keeping it true”
So we kicked off 2014 with a quick trip back to London to work some more on a track that will potentially go on album 2. No rest for the wicked! Myself and Walshy headed out on the early flight (My first of 2014). Our pilots name was Cruise Thompson, What a name for a pilot. We never got to actually see him but imagined he was a majestic man of a man! Anyway we got straight to work in the studio when we arrived! No messing about with us! The track is a little different from our usual stuff but thats what we are all about. It also has a serious meaning we hope you lot pick up on when it finally gets out into the world. The first day we got down most of the instruments Walshy discussed them with our awesome producer while i took a back seat and began writing the lyrics for verses 1 and 2. We both came together to lay down the hook at the end and it was done! Day 2 came around an Bobbie bounce bounced in and laid down his vocals. The track was 90% done at this stage all that was needed was a few tweaks here and there. That last studio session tied up what we think is potentially one great album. All the tracks are recorded all we have to do know is master them and make minor edits here and there to have them where we want them. That should keep us busy for awhile and then hopefully there wont be to long to wait until we can unleash the beast on you lot! Would love to go into more detail about the album but as of know its too early to say anything. What i can say is since day one we have said we constantly want to challenge ourselfs as a band when it comes to making music and don’t want to fall into a comfortable safe sound. With that been said i really think album 2 shows a totally different side to us as songwriters and musicians, The progress over the past 3 years is clear in the new songs and i cant wait for the world to hear them. Yes album 2 still has them signature Rudeboy tracks we gained momentum with on album 1 but theres so much more going on this time around. All i hope is fans and new listeners keep and open mind and enjoy.
So here we are in January 2014. After a month of successful Irish shows in December which where amazing! Shout out to everyone who came to a show and showed support btw. Anyway after a month in hotels and the smallest tour bus in the world living on a diet of cider and road side dirt it is lovely to be able to sit back and relax at home i must admit. But not for to long as we fly back to London very soon to tidy up yet another track we hope to have on our second album. But before then I’ve a minute to write down my thoughts which someone thought would be a good idea while we are not touring. Maybe it was a genius thought or a drunken one i cant really remember but it was a thought! Don’t get me wrong i like ideas and thoughts, I just don’t like ideas and thoughts that involve effort and me. Thats sarcasm right there, Before we go ahead you should get use to that and an awful lot of bad grammar and the occasional spelling mistake. I actually write these things while multi tasking important tasks like killing zombies on the playstation or watching a movie while delivering a baby. Anyway like the title suggests these blog post will be just my thoughts as they happen and i will also try to keep you all in the loop about the more serious stuff like what we are up to on the more day to day basis involving the music and the band. I suppose this is just a brief hello and i do look forward (more sarcasm there) to keeping you all “in the know” as they say in this business. They don’t say that in this business, They do say a lot of things. Thats not one of them. These post wont have a specific time or day that they will be posted. I’ll just pop them up randomly when I’ve a free minute and something interesting to say. Anyway hope you enjoyed reading, Be sure to tell me how i did over on my twitter page @neddyarkins with the hashtag #NedsNews
Here it is guys. The official video for “Never Gonna Walk Away” We hope you enjoy it and please share it, Thumbs up and subscribe. We put so much work into this video and song. You can also grab it on iTunes here which helps us hugely:
Bit of a small landmark for us today! We shot our first OFFICIAL video of album 2 and this time around we had the real deal with a film crew and everything! Bit of a change from the couch and our mate on camera. The video for “Never Gonna Walk Away” Drops November 22nd alongside the iTunes release and we cannot wait for you lot to see it and support! The Lads
We sat down with the lads from DublinConcerts.Ie to have a chat about everything from our last 3 years as a band to touring with The Script this year and whats to come from us next! Check it out below.
“Never Gonna Walk Away” is released November 22nd!