The Kinetiks

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The Kinetiks
Origin Dublin, Ireland
Genres Rock, pop, indie
Years active 2007 – 2009
Members Gaz Harding
Sean Brennan
Jim McGuire
Paul Donohoe/John McIntosh

The Kinetiks were a Meteor Award-nominated Irish rock, pop and indie musical ensemble from Dublin. They were vocalist and guitarist Gaz Harding, guitarist Sean Brennan, bassist Jim McGuire, and drummer Paul Donohoe. On 11 July 2008, they performed their biggest show thus far at Oxegen 2008 where they appeared second on the Green Room stage following Dirty Epics and prior to The Saw Doctors.[1][2] They have also performed at the inaugural annual surf festival Cois Fharraige on 8 September 2007,[3] Indie-pendence in August 2008[4][5] and Hard Working Class Heroes in September 2008.[6][7]


The band formed in 2007. They shared influences such as the Beach Boys, The Strokes, The Who and The Beatles. On first hearing the band's track "A Smile'd Crack Your Face" RTÉ 2fm's producer, Ian Wilson booked the Dubliners for a live session with the station.[8] "A Smile’d Crack Your Face", released on the band's debut EP High Horse Olympics in summer 2007 became a favourite of RTÉ 2fm DJs Dan Hegarty and Jenny Huston as well as Ray Foley on Today FM and drew the attention of producer Gareth Mannix, who had previous experience working with Director, Delorentos, Republic of Loose and Humanzi. With Mannix The Kinetiks recorded the singles "Shuffle Your Feet" and "Bite the Bullet",[9] described by The Irish Times as "Kin brilliant."[10] Their Aye Aye Aye Aye EP is due for release on 6 March, the E.P was recorded in Grouse Lodge Studios, Westmeath, Sun Studios Dublin and Suite Studios Dublin by Marc Carolan (Muse/The Cure) and Gareth Mannix (The Thrills/The Flaws) and an album is forthcoming.

Break Up[edit]

In August 2009 Gaz Harding published a blog on the band's Myspace stating that The Kinetiks were no more. "People wanting different things from their lives" was the only reason given in the blog for the band's break-up.

Notable performances[edit]

The Kinetiks appeared on The Once a Week Show on 6 October 2007.[11]

They have also sold out the music venue Whelan's of Wexford Street in Dublin, topped the Phantom airplay chart and have provided support for a range of bands including The Enemy in the Ambassador Theatre, Young Knives and Scouting for Girls.[12] The band have achieved considerable airplay on other radio stations such as RTÉ 2fm and Today FM.[13]

At Oxegen 2008, The Kinetiks followed Dirty Epics onto the Green Room stage. In an interview with the Irish Independent beforehand, the band said they relished the prospects of playing in front of their biggest audience to date. Vocalist Gaz Harding (23) said:

"We're not nervous, just looking forward to it. Obviously the tent is massive. We're going to go and do what we do and hope that everyone will be blown away and we can go out and have a great night afterwards."[14]

On 16 January 2009, The Kinetiks featured on Aidan Power's The Cafe,[15] performing "Lightbulb" the lead track from their "Aye Aye Aye Aye" EP.[16]

In July 2009, they supported the charity music site Music Box For Life.Com by donating some of their music.[17]


Year Title
2007 High Horse Olympics EP
2007 "Shuffle Your Feet"
2008 "Bite the Bullet"
2009 Aye Aye Aye Aye EP


Meteor Music Awards[edit]

The Kinetiks received a nomination in the category "Hope for 2008" at the 2008 Meteor Awards[18] but lost to Ham Sandwich at the ceremony on 15 February 2008.[19]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2008 The Kinetiks Hope for 2008 Nominated


  1. ^ "Show times released for Oxegen 2008…". Hot Press. 2008-07-03. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  2. ^ "Oxegen 08 Line Up…". Phantom FM. 2008-07-03. Retrieved 2008-07-16. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Badly Drawn Boy and The Enemy added to Cois Fharraige". 2007-07-18. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  4. ^ "The Blizzards among acts for Indie-Pendence '08". Hot Press. 2008-04-21. Retrieved 2008-04-21. 
  5. ^ "Gemma Hayes, Giveamanakick for Indie-Pendence '08". Hot Press. 2008-06-18. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  6. ^ "Hard Working Class Heroes announce full line-up". Hot Press. 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  7. ^ "Hard Working Class Heroes announce line up". RTÉ. 2008-08-10. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  8. ^ "Meteor/RTÉ 2fm Hope For 2008 Award". RTÉ 2fm. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  9. ^ "The Kinetiks". Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  10. ^ "Shuffle". The Irish Times. 2008-02-22. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  11. ^ The Once a Week Show 6 October 2007. RTÉ. Accessed 21 November 2008.
  12. ^ "The Kinetiks". Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  13. ^ "The Kinetiks". Oxegen. Accessed 17 December 2008.
  14. ^ "Rain, rain, goes away as Amy Mac gets the weekend party started…". Irish Independent. 2008-07-12. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  15. ^ "I'm A Celebrity star set for The Café". RTÉ. 2009-01-16. Retrieved 2009-01-16. 
  16. ^ 16 January 2009. RTÉ. Accessed 23 January 2009.
  17. ^ "New Irish charity download site launches". Hot Press. 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2009-07-25. 
  18. ^ "2FM Hope For 2008 At The Meteors…". RTÉ 2fm. 2008-01-25. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  19. ^ "Stars out for the Meteors". RTÉ. 2008-02-16. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 

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