"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
One of Ireland’s most respected and successful acts, The Walls were formed by brothers Steve and Joe Wall. Over the years they have not only supported artists such as U2, Bob Dylan, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Crowded House, but renowned US-tastemaker Nic Harcourt even invited them all the way to L.A. to perform live on his legendary KCRW show “Morning Becomes Eclectic”. Previously the main-men in the multi-platinum selling Irish band The Stunning, the brothers are no strangers to writing hit songs.
The band recently released their third album Stop The Lights on their own imprint Dirtbird Records and, just like their predecessors, it hit the Top 20 in Ireland on the back of three strong singles and regular airplay. Stop The Lights equally tasteful and subtle production reveals new layers of sonic detail with each listen, and the album further demonstrates The Walls’ considerable strengths as writers, arrangers and lyricists. The songs are easily their finest to date, combining flawless, imaginative melodies with beautifully constructed harmonies, and showcase a great band at the peak of their powers.
Over the past few years, The Walls music has featured in numerous movies, TV series and commercials (brands such as Guinness, British Telecom, Aer Lingus, MTV to name a few). "Drowning Pool" from the band's second album is the opening track on the film "Can a Song Save Your Life". Also, the new HTC One Smartphone is pre-loaded with ten songs, one of which is "Stop the Lights" from the current Walls album.
Last March 2013 The Walls made their first trip to Russia where they performed three shows and appeared on the biggest chat show in Russia with an average audience of 40 million viewers.
There have also been extra-curricular activities going on in The Walls camp. Steve has started acting again and has been cast in “Moone Boy”, the new series for Sky TV created by Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, IT Crowd) and “Dark Touch” a creepy horror by French director Marina de Van (Don’t Look Back; In my Skin) due for release this year. And these days Joe has become involved with BIMM music college in Dublin, bringing his experience to their various workshops on songwriting and music production.