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Irish band Cronin have had a few eventful months while finishing off their debut album from Pete Doherty giving them shout outs in arena’s to Noel Gallagher hiding behind their CD cover to escape the London paparazzi to Niall Horan turning up to their gigs.

The album has been a labour of love over 3 years for the band based around Leeds/Irish brother Johnny and Mick Cronin along with Brian Murphy and Fiachra Milner. Recorded in their own Transmission Rooms studio with long term collaborators Ger McDonnell(U2, Manics, Dexys), Karl Odlum(The Frames, Fionn Regan) and string arranger Terry Edwards(PJ Harvey,Tindersticks).
Never a band to pass up an opportunity there are quite a few names from the Irish industry on the album from fiddling Waterboy Steve Wickham, JJ72′s Mark Greaney, vibmaster BP Fallon reading John Donne, Mod Godfater Irish Jack Lyons reflecting on past love and Pogue Shane MacGowangiving one of his trademark screams amongst others.

“It is quite a retro album and we hold our hands up to that. The influence of our hero’s is all over it for everyone to hear. we sort of had to get these fantasies out of our system before we can move on as songwriters.’ Mick Cronin reflects.

A few nice word on the album so far.

“I love that kind of thing they do and they do it so well. Fantastic album.” The Paul McLoone Show – Today FM

“More than three years in the making Cronin have with “The First Kiss of Love” produced an album packed with dramatically ambitious and very satisfying music that they should be rightly proud of.” Ceol Caint

“With this impressive paean to their rock and roll heroes, they have set a new benchmark.” 7/10 Hot Press Magazine

“Injected with enough over the top bombast to make Neil Diamond or Scott Walker jealous, Cronin’s debut is so committed to its own opulent take on the retro-pop milieu that it’s hard not to be taken away by it, try as you might.”
8/10 The Last Mixed Tape

“Like The Shadow Puppet’s older brothers” Yorkshire Evening Post

“Touches of A House, Neil Diamond, Nick Cave, Richard Ashcroft.” Steve Lamacq BBC Radio 6

Epic stuff, great singing, spine tingling magic from Cronin” Steve Wickham, The Waterboys

Cronin manage to consistently produce quality songs produced to the highest standard that reflects their love of not just music but the history of music. Top class band!”
Pete Holidai, The Radiators from Outer Space

“Pure Celtic Soul.” Shane MacGowan, The Pogues

“Cooler than a refrigerated polar bear.”Hot Press Magazine

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