Steer Clear

Steer Clear were a pop punk five piece band from Belfast, Northern Ireland that played gigs from 2005 to 2009.

The original line up consisted of Mark McGowan, Pearse Sharratt, Pádraig 'p0d' McAlister, James 'Sib' McAuley and Vinny Feeney. They released their first EP, Dog in a Bath, in 2005, recorded in Einstein Studios. Due to both personal and musical differences Pearse left and Ciarán Bartlett took over as lead vocalist, fitting in perfectly with the band's new style. The band released another EP in 2006, Fairytales That I Despise, recorded in Manor Park Studios. Again, Steer Clear lost their vocalist, to be replaced by Dave O'Gorman. After entering the Blast:beat competition,they reached the national finals but came in 4th. Blastspace still showed interest and signed Steer Clear. Due to musical differences Dave left Steer Clear and p0d was talked into taking over lead vocals for the recording of their first full-length album, No...You Hang Up.

They then decided to get a keyboardist for live performances, and after many applicants finally found Simon Craig, who gelled with the band almost straight away and helped create Steer Clear's unique sound.

Steer Clear had created a big fan base in Ireland and landed big support slots with Enter Shikari, Good Charlotte, Set Your Goals, Elliot Minor, Paramore, Anti Flag and InMe. These slots got Steer Clear to a wider audience and a wider fan base.

In reviewing a 2007 concert in Belfast, the BBC wrote, "There is a purity to the pop hooks that sets Steer Clear apart from the emo also-rans."

They released their first single, "Please Be My Girlfriend Again" and their debut album, No...You Hang Up soon after.

This page was last edited on 30 July 2016, at 14:34 (UTC).
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