Dublin group Scoops have only been on the music scene for two years but they have already supported the likes of Walking on Cars, Hermitage Green, Hudson Taylor and The Academic. That’s not something most new bands can claim to have done but the three lads Stephen ‘Scoops’ Cooper (Lead Vocals/Songwriter /Rhythm Guitar), Stephen O’Rourke (Drums, Percussion and Backing Vocals) and Kevin Murphy (Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals) all know what they want out of this musical endeavour and they went for it.
To get an understanding of how these lads got to where they are today you have to understand where they came from and front man Stephen Cooper says it came together after a J1 in California. “Since I finished college in UCD I’ve been gigging as a solo act over the past number of years and then I met another Stephen, who is the drummer, on a J1 in California and from then we kept in touch. But it was only last year that Stephen himself moved up to Dublin and we started gigging as a two piece and from that we started getting a bit of traction, getting a few support slots with some bigger bands with the original stuff.
“I was only doing covers myself initially so it was only when Stephen came along that I started to push the original stuff with him and then we very quickly got into the studio and then at the start of 2015 we were starting in the studio and started practicing with the full band. In November of last year we released an EP ‘Scenes of Joy’ and it came second in the Irish charts behind Adele so we we’re pretty happy with that!” said the frontman.
It was with ‘Scenes of Joy’ that Scoops got the recognition from some of Ireland’s bigger acts and Stephen likes to think it’s the quality of their music that has gotten them to where they are today so quickly. “We are self-managed, we’re not working with promoters, we weren’t working with a manager or anything like that at the time, it was all our own work getting in touch with bands. Basically how it worked, we sent a track and said ‘here look this is us, what do you think’ and thankfully a lot of the bands liked our sound and word of mouth could have spread that we’re a good act for starting out for support slots for some of the bigger bands. It was through that we got to play some big gigs and got ourselves out there. I’d like to think it’s the music that got us them support slots and once you put your all into that it kind of follows on from there,” said Stephen.
It can be quite daunting for a new group to get up on a stage when starting out but for Scoops they were thrown in front of thousands nearly straight away but it didn’t bother them. In fact, they loved it as Stephen says you don’t know how long things can last. “We’ve always loved performing and I myself would live for being on stage so as the front man I’ve always enjoyed it and then the lads as well, Stephen and Kev, they have no fear.
Stephen and Kev had gigged together in a cover band for years. It’s actually how they payed their way through college, so they’re no strangers to performing in front of big crowds. With original music it’s different. We’ve had very good success in Scandinavia and we played a lot of the summer festivals in Denmark and places like that last summer in front of up to a thousand people for our own shows. We’re actually only back from Denmark last week so we’re doing a lot over that neck of the woods, so it’s not that it’s daunting, it’s something we enjoy, you just take it in your stride and enjoy it because in the music industry it’s something that could last six weeks, it could last six years, you just don’t know so you have to enjoy it.”
Scoops are now taking their ‘Scenes of Joy’ tour to Monroe’s Live on Friday, 29 April and they can’t wait to bring their original stuff to the City of Tribes so you can get a taste of what they are about.