The Deans are a travelling rock’n’roll trio whose life on the road provides the main inspiration for their boisterous storytelling style. Consisting of Gavin Dean, Gary Keon and Ronan Lally, they are all in their early twenties and originating from the west of Ireland. They are currently based in France.
Since their formation in 2007 the group has toured Ireland, the U.K, Europe, Asia and the U.S, from dingy dive bars to major festivals with a raw and mesmerizing live performance. Hailed by critics as “Ireland’s best kept secret” they are embraced by fans throughout their rambling, and revered by critics. The Deans pour charisma and scrupulousness whenever they’re on stage and sweep audiences into a bawdy sensuousness with their savoir-faire.
In 2009 they independently released their first E.P “Distraction” which became popular on both Irish and European radio. That same year The Deans embarked on a European tour lasting 6 weeks which span across 7 countries and held 35 live shows, among them FMs popular “Tommy and Hector show” in Ireland, and a feat not held by any Irish group since U.2 of an exclusive hour long interview and live performance on Spain’s number 1 radio show “Radio Marca”. During their second tour that year, the band were spotted at the “Guitar en Scene” festival in Saint Julian, France and were then subsequently spotted and invited to perform at the renowned 43rd annual Montreux Jazz festival in Switzerland. They were the only Irish act on the bill that year and their music was used in the advertising of both festivals. 2010 was spent touring clubs and festivals in Europe among which was a live show in the pouring rain for over ten thousand people at Montereau Confluences Pop/Rock festival in France. In November that year the band independently released their debut single “Worried all the Time” on the first week of its release, it soared through the official Irish charts entering into the top 30 while also placing them Number 1 on the independent charts for that month. Subsequently The Deans were now being played on mainstream radio in Ireland, being added to prime time radio playlists, which brought about attention to the band from further afield.
In 2011 they crossed the pond to the U.S to perform in New York at lower east sides ‘The Studio at Webster Hall’, ‘Arlene’s Grocery’ and the prestigious ‘Kenny’s Castaways’ to name but a few. In the words of one critic who caught a live show, described their performance as “a near religious experience for many in attendance. The Deans are the best gift New York’s gotten in a long time. They’re in a class all their own, a complete musical package!” With the passion to continually progress and broaden their horizon, in 2012 the band set off again, this time to Asia to perform at the Penang Island Jazz festival. This coincided with the release of their second E.P “Roomwork’s Vol. 1” which they recorded in a friends recently closed hotel in Bourgogne France where they converted the second floor into a studio. The project which initially was supposed to be demo sessions facilitated their changing style of music and manifested itself into the success that is now their most critically acclaimed record to date.
Nearing the end 2013 The Deans won the prestigious “Unsigned Only song competition” in the U.S. which exposed their music to a vast American audience. Their song “Lonely Like Me” was chosen by a highly esteemed judging panel comprised of Iggy Pop, Cindy Lauper and Chrissie Hynde. The Unsigned Only founders Candace Avery and Jim Morgan said, “With more than 9,000 entries from all over the world, the competition was so competitive, and the finalists impressed the judges with the immense talent displayed. We owe a great thank-you to our dedicated judges who demonstrated their critical knowledge of music in selecting this year’s winners, and we are proud to recognize these winners.”
The Deans have just released their new new EP ‘Supply And Command’ which features their recently released single ‘Take It Easy’.
“That was liquid sex, from which we the audience all drank and were brought towards the orgasmic climax that freed us all from our minds for just a short while, all too short” – Golden Plec Magazine, Dublin, Ireland.