"Stop the Lights" is The Walls third album and was released on March 9th 2012 hitting the Irish Top 20. There’s a real freshness about it and a sense of positivity pervades. If there are any prophetic words to be heard on it then the refrain from “Phantom Power” is worth noting - “we’re not gonna give up, not gonna give out…because this is the start”. The album has been getting rave reviews.
People involved in the making of "Stop the Lights" include Dubliner Rob Kirwan, who recorded PJ Harvey’s recent Mercury Award-winning album "Let England Shake". For The Walls artwork a five-meter high installation was designed and constructed by Conor & David, one of Ireland’s best graphic design partnerships. It’s a tribute to influential characters past & present, family and band members and victims of terrible and senseless crimes in Ireland that the band wanted to remember.
What the press are saying about The Walls new album "Stop the Lights":
"The third offering from The Walls is a finely-wrought assortment of slick sonic treats.......on Stop the Lights they push the boundaries of their craft: this is their most adventurous work to date.....Delightful." HOT PRESS MAGAZINE MARCH 8th 2012
"There's no debating their song-craft and you won't find many LP's as expertly put together as Stop the Lights". - Metro Herald
"From beginning to end the album has an energy and optimism that is compulsive – do yourself a favour and grab a copy….." - WeAre Noise.com
"Stop The Lights’ may have been six years in the making but it was well worth the wait. The Wall’s are back with a bang" - Golden Plec.com
"Their capacity to craft catchy melodies certainly remains intact and Stop The Lights is arguably their finest work to date." - Alternative Ulster Magazine
"….a songwriting formula that is certainly concrete-solid…" - The Irish Times
"This album is storytelling at its best" - The Sunday World 1/04/2012
"What impressed me the most is how they managed to make each song sound individual and unique while still retaining that recognisable ‘The Walls’ sound". - FameMagazine.co.uk
The Walls were formed by brothers Steve and Joe Wall in Dublin, after achieving critical and commercial acclaim with their previous band, The Stunning. They released their first album, Hi-Lo in 2000, which went gold in Ireland on the back of good airplay and constant touring. After sending copies of the album to U2, The Walls found themselves supporting them on a now legendary Slane Castle show. The follow-up LP, New Dawn Breaking went Top 5 and was a top-selling release of 2005 in Ireland. Hook-laden with infectious guitar riffs, this record made The Walls a household name in Ireland as the tunes made their way into a number of memorable TV commercials. "Their best work to date" according to The Sunday Times. After sharing stages with Bob Dylan and The Red Hot Chili Peppers amongst others, the band crossed the ocean.
Playing to full houses in New York, LA and Austin Texas at SXSW, The Walls came to the attention of renowned taste maker Nic Harcourt, who personally selected the band to perform live on his legendary KCRW show “Morning Becomes Eclectic”.
Over the following two years the band played throughout Europe. In 2007 Crowded House brought them to Australia as exclusive support on their massive re-union gigs in Sydney and Melbourne, after which the band returned home for a much-needed break and retreated into to the confines of their home studio to write.
The band built their own recording studio in Dublin and in 2008 they retreated into the darkness to work on album number three. Steve and Joe took a break from recording to perform a set of new songs at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin Texas in March 2010.
Stop the Lights, The Walls third album, was released on March 9th 2012. Part-funded by the band’s fans, people involved in the making of it include Dubliner Rob Kirwan, who recorded PJ Harvey’s recent Mercury Award-winning album “Let England Shake”. For the artwork a five-meter high installation was designed and constructed by ‘Conor & David’, one of Ireland’s best graphic design partnerships. It’s a tribute to family, friends and band members and influential characters past & present. The reviews have been terrific and all singles to date have been playlisted on radio stations north and south of the country.
released 09 March 2012
Produced by Steve & Joe Wall. Mixed by Rob Kirwan.