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“Irish rock is alive and well in the hands of Valentino is Dead” – these are the resounding words of legendary Mastering Engineer David Donnelly (DNA Mastering LA) whose list of clients reads like the ‘Who’s Who’ the world’s biggest selling artists.

Artists like Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Blink182, Aerosmith and Motley Crue among others, have all enlisted the services of this 30-year veteran, so when someone of his stature vouches for a new band – people tend to sit up and take notice. Of the band’s explosive debut album ‘Misadventures in Punk Rock’, David Donnelly said,


“This punk, power rock outfit is smart, stylish and sophisticated in their approach, writing and production.”

“Influenced by the homeland, they deliver songs that have meaning, reflecting on their lives, experiences and politics. Get out of your chair,

pour a cold one and put on ‘Valentino is Dead’. You will be thoroughly entertained and finding yourself singing the choruses,

dancing around the room and rockin’ like you’ve never done before.”


Indeed Donnelly has hit on all the qualities this refreshing and diverse band has to offer. A band that refuses to be pigeon-holed and constrained by genres and one that continues to blend all the best elements of alternative, rock, pop, ska, punk trad and country into their very own unique sound.

No stranger to the music scene, frontman Keith Smith has cut his teeth in other bands over the years, toured east coast America, played festivals and shows in Germany, toured with Rancid and played support to The Buzzcocks, Undertones, Less Than Jake and Bowling for Soup to name but a few.

Completing the line-up is David Black on drums and Keith McCormick on bass who have both played in a number of accomplished Irish bands over the years, and provide a very tight, exciting and dynamic quality to the line up.

‘Valentino is Dead’ debut album has already picked up lots of airplay from some of Ireland’s biggest national DJs including Dave Fanning (2FM) and Ian Dempsey (Today FM) as well as winning rave reviews and interviews from Hot Press, The Irish Mirror and the UK’s biggest bass guitarist magazine Bass Player UK.