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The Plea

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Sit down with The Plea and they’ll bend your ear about music for hours. They’ll debate their favorite Rolling Stones songs, Hamburg-era versus mid-60s Beatles and whether Be Here Now was better than Definitely Maybe. They’ll describe in detail a Jimmy Page solo and recall the horror of hearing their hero Jerry Lee Lewis play piano with Matchbox 20.

Ask them about their own music, however, and they’ll tell you their only aim is to emulate their idols. The Irish quartet’s instantly-addictive, anthemic rock nods to countless classic acts from the past, but distills its influences so deftly their songs sound both fresh and faintly familiar.

At the heart of The Plea are brothers Denny and Dermot Doherty. Denny sings like a cross between a young Bono and A Northern Soul-era Richard Ashcroft. Dermot plays lead guitar as though born on a stadium stage. Both insist they get on, then argue over whose songs are the best. They live ten miles apart in the tiny town of Ballyliffen in County Donegal, Ireland where they formed their first band in their teens and began chasing a dream to make music as good as the songs that inspire them.

Along the way, the pair relocated in London, making their living as an acoustic duo playing T-Rex and Doors covers. They moved to Boston, where they worked as labourers by day, and played the city’s bustling, Irish pubs by night, performing their own songs with an American backing band bequeathed them by a benefactor who spotted their potential.

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