Formed: February 2009 in Detroit.
Members: Elliott Moses — guitar and vocals (Dearborn); Shane Shanders — guitar (Roseville); Paul Barning — organ and vocals (Lake Orion); Tony Denardo — bass (St. Clair Shores); Tony “Chops” DiCello — drums (Dearborn).
Sound: Classic hard rock.
Influences: Cactus, Humble Pie, the Faces, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, the James Gang, Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsies, Funkadelic.
Day Jobs: Moses, formerly of Universal Temple of Divine Power, operates machinery at the Ford plant near Ypsilanti. Barning, who played in the Hotness, works for a pharmaceutical company in Rochester. Shanders is a freelance cable wiring contractor. DiCello is unemployed and Denardo — who also plays in the Muggs and Rattlesnake Shake — considers himself “a full time socialite.”
What’s In A Name? Moses says that the Black Irish moniker “doesn’t really have any kind of super-heavy meaning” beyond a taste for Guinness Stout and watching some black music fans listen to an Irish folk group at Nancy’s Whiskey in Detroit.
How Sweet The Sound: Moses says that he and Barning put Black Irish together to fuse together a number of different influences and ideas. “I like gospel music and soul music,” he notes. “I like that punk-geared rock and straight-up ’80s rock ’n’ roll. I thought at times we could get a really good soul sound, and we ... didn’t want to box ourselves in to this kind of clichéd riff-rock kind of thing. We wanted to have a band that could, if we want to, go out there and everyone could follow it. It doesn’t have to be just a 12-bar blues type of deal.”
Hear ’em: Black Irish has recorded three songs, with two posted on its MySpace site. “My New Year’s resolution is to get us in the studio ASAP,” Moses says.
See ’em: Black Irish next performs with Rattlesnake Shake at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Park Bar, 2040 Park Ave., Detroit. Cover is $5. Call (313) 962-2933 or visit www.mypsace.com/theparkbar.
Surf ’em: www.myspace.com/blackirish
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