I had a inkling this news was on the horizon but now it’s official, The Rags have decided to call it a day.
Between 2004 and 2010 The Rags released a string of brilliant (if underrated) singles, played scores of memorable gigs and topped off by their superb long-awaited debut album A National Light in 2010. The Rags were a band who could slip and slide from one end of the indie spectrum to the other, sounding unforced there was a real authenticity to what they did. Also deeply rooted in Dublin the music was wrapped in poetic lyrics, delivered with a distinctive raspy vocal lilt.
Before heading off into the sunset they have shared ‘Safari’, a final offering and a goodbye. The previously unreleased ’Safari’ will be known to those of you who saw The Rags live and the Colm Russell produced video includes some great footage from the band over the years. A poignant farewell.
It’s a real shame and they will undoubtedly be missed. Hopefully they’ll find success in whatever they turn their hand to in future, preferably with more music.
As well as a few choice cuts and ‘Safari’ below, you can stream their entire back cataloge on their website.