Dublin, Ireland blues rockers Samarkind premiere new music video ‘Thru That Door‘.

Containing a heavy uncompromising monster riff and very hard blues in its lyrical content; ‘Thru That Door‘ is the third single to be taken from Samarkind‘s impressive debut album and was produced by Alwyn John Walker, David Paul Byrne and Michal Kulbaka, with mastering by Jon Moorehead. The new music video was filmed in a unique building in Dublin’s inner city by Ian James White.

With Samarkind‘s debut having received high praise from the fans and press /media, vocalist David Paul Byrne reflects on the success and his thoughts on the digital era vs his time in 80’s rock group Assassin, “I was stunned by the positive reaction Samarkind‘s debut album received, we had to pinch ourselves.. it just goes to show the power of the fans and what social media can do. Although there are some downsides attached to it, social media for Samarkind has been wonderful. It’s such a thrill when your cds and merchandise are selling all over the world; simply put it would never have happened back in the day and we have got digital platforms to thank for that“, says Byrne.

As good as things are right now, things certainly aren’t as wild as when I started out as a green 16-year-old“, confesses the vocalist. “I remember playing a show in Dublin with WASP with myself watching side stage. It got to that part of the show when they decided to spark up Blackie’s famous rocket powered codpiece and the next thing you know there was a mighty bang KABOOM, and everything went everywhere… literally! It was a sight to behold. Nowadays it’s a bit more serious and health conscious for sure, but the music and the laughs I have with the guys in the group more than makes up for it!”

So it’s not just the luck of the Irish that’s caused such a positive outcome for the multi-national Dublin based rock band. Samarkind‘s self-titled debut album oozes confidence and tracks that wear classic influences on their sleeves but always looking forward to what’s up ahead. “As creative artists know, when you surround yourself with positive inspiring musicians and passionate music fans, it’s impossible not to be motivated into wanting to write new material.

Does that mean we can expect a second album?

Oh yeah, for sure“, confirms Byrne, “we’re currently writing new songs and in pre-production…just try and stop us.

Samarkind live:

2nd Nov – Duisburg, Steinburch
3rd Nov – Dessau-Kochstedt, Gruner Baum
30th Nov – Grimsby, Yardbirds (w/ Massive Wagons)
10th Jan – Dublin, Whelans
25th May – Carlisle, Call Of The World Festival (w/ The Wildhearts)
13th July – Prestwich, SOS Festival
25th Aug – Northwich, Rockwich Festival

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New hard rock blues band Samarkind‘s lead single ‘Sun Stroke Heart‘ doesn’t miss a beat. Wasting no time introducing itself with locked down grooves, layers of quality soundscapes and stunning, memorable melody hooks weaving a tapestry throughout the track. Classic yet undeniably modern in its delivery, this is a true musical treat for rock fans.

The multi-national group, which features charismatic Irish frontman David Paul Byrne (formally teenage wunderkind singer for successful hard rock band Assassin – a time that saw them tour with Def Leppard, Status Quo, WASP, Manowar and more – and featured vocalist on 80’s cult movie ‘Trick Or Treat’ starring Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons), showcases sublime vocals which are accompanied by the talents of sensational Polish guitarist Michal Kulbaka, Ireland’s Mark Dempsey on bass guitar, and South African born drummer Marius Appelgryn.

“Sun Stroke Heart has this uplifting vibe yet brooding undertones”, the Samarkind frontman explains, “it’s a dark tale of resentment at being let down by those close to us, particularly for me during a time when I was in Spain living a lifestyle in the sun, while underneath feeling a dark emotional pain. Although not aimed at anyone in particular, I feel the song conveys a sense of hurt that we all sometimes feel.”

Recorded at Westland Studio in Dublin with producer Alwyn Walker: Samarkind are currently putting the final touches to their debut album, with a release date set to be announced for later this year.


David Paul Byrne – Vocals

Michal Kulbaka – Guitar

Mark Dempsey – Bass

Marius Appelgryn – Drums

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