In April 2006 Republic of Loose released their second album “Aaagh” on their own Loaded Dice Records. It debuted in the Irish album charts at No.2 receiving nominations for both Meteor and the prestigious Choice “Best Album” Awards. The album spawned four massive radio hits at home with lead single “Comeback Girl” receiving
huge airplay on U.S. radio stations Indie 103 and KCRW. This led to the lisencing of tracks from the album to ‘Real World’ producers Bunim-Murray on MTV in the US. The album spawned radio hits in France and as far afield as South-Africa, Indonesia and The Philippines. By the end of the year, the album had gone Platinum in Ireland.
Republic of Loose spent most of 2007 touring Europe and the US with sold out shows in France, Italy, Holland, New-York, Los Angeles and the U.K. A US tour with Snow Patrol preceded a series of headline gig’s in the US. In LA, the band were invited by Sex Pistol Steve Jones to perform on Jonseys Jukebox on indie.103. In late 2007 Republic of Loose returned home to begin work on the follow up to Aaagh!.
While they were in the studio the band were approached by Sinead O’Connor to produce and perform on a track from her new album. The result was the mesmerizing Curtis Mayfield cover ‘We people(who are darker than blue). The band debuted the track with Sinead O’Connor at the 2008 Meteor Awards. As the new Loose album reached completion, Mick Pyro was invited to join Irelands leading musicians on a tribute to legendary Irish folk singer Ronnie Drew. The song brought together the finest talent Ireland has to offer on a moving tribute to the Dubliners singer.
The eagerly anticipated third album from Republic of Loose, ‘Vol IV Johnny Pyro and the Dance of Evil’ was released on May 2nd 2008. The album comes in at a ‘disc filling’ sixteen songs!, featuring guest vocals from US Hip-Hop legend Styles P and Sinead O’Connor. The album has already spawned two massive hits in ‘I Like Music’ and the bands biggest single to date ‘The Steady Song’
A national tour with sold out shows across Ireland followed. This included seven nights at Dublin’s prestigious Academy (1000 capacity). At the Dublin gig’s, the band were joined onstage by various special guests including Sinead O’Connor, Snow Patrol and Shane MacGowan.
The Loose have continued to license music to various films and TV shows including NBC and MTV in the US, Dr.Who confidential on the BBC and the new Gerard Depardieu film “Bouquet Final”.
Republic of Loose have been heating up the airwaves across Europe and America with national airplay from amongst others, Jo Whiley on Radio 1, Eddie Temple-Morris on Xfm, Dermot O’Leary on Radio 2, The Trophy Twins on Radio 1 and appearances on MTV2. Steve Jones has continued to champion the band in LA.
This is the Tomb of the Juice – UK Press:
“a cocktail of sleazy blues, dirty funk and righteous fervour that has more in common with the deep south than the suburbs of Dublin”. Q magazine
“an astonishing work of wit and soul, blurring musical boundaries in a distinctly 21st century fashion” Daily Telegraph
“they’re a cross between the Happy Mondays and Sly & The Family Stone.” NME
Aaagh! UK press:
‘A glossily produced, fairly funky slab of sophistication’ Q Magazine
‘A slice of Sleazy funk-soul that sounds like a seedy Hall & Oats produced by Pharrell Williams’ The Times
‘Bad-Assed, Booty-Centric brilliance, nigh on perfect’ Time Out
‘Brazen sexual commentaries set to energetic electro-funk grooves rooted in hip-hop attitude and soul power’ The Independent
‘Irelands High Kings have conquered again’ NME
‘Republic Of Loose have managed a whole album’s worth of this delicious funk-pop stuff, with its lascivious lyrics and libidinous rhythms’ The Guardian
Aaagh! Irish press:
“Another excellent album from one of the best bands in the country” Hotpress 4/5
“Another cracking record from probably the best band in Ireland” Sunday Tribune 4/5
“The funk-soul classic they’ve always threatened to make” Sunday Business Post 4/5
“A celebration of the physical/spiritual wild thing. Other bands bluster, Republic of Loose blister” The Irish Times
VOL IV: Johnny Pyro And The Dance Of Evil – Irish Press
“This is a record that recognizes no frontiers, The Loose have evidenced more musical personality and wit then most bands parcel out over an entire career” Alternative Ulster9/10
“A giddy, dizzying journey through disco, soul, r’n’b and soul pounding electronica, VOL IV: will surpass the expectations of even their most devoted fans” Metro Life 4/5
‘Comeback Girl, Republic of Loose. The greatest song ever written’. Irvine Welsh.
‘Trailblazers. The Celtic twilight turned into Celtic soul with Van Morrison. Republic of Loose grabbed the Celtic tiger by the tail, swung it around their heads and threw it out the window into the cosmos. What I love about their Celtic cosmos movement is that they don’t want anybody else in it. Republic of Loose are sophisticated soul boot boys.’ Bono.
‘Republic of Loose were something I aint never seen before anywhere else and I’ve traveled around quite a bit. If they’d be up for it, I’d like to work with them in the future.’Just Jack.
‘Fucking Amazing’ Jake Shears, Scissor Sisters.
REPUBLIC OF LOOSE are simply THE BEST IRISH BAND EVER! Each member bringing something unique. Every one of them blew me away and I hope to get to work with them lots more. In fact…I want to join! – Sinead O’Connor.
“The best band in the country this year and for many years to come” GaryLightbody, Snow Patrol.
‘Republic of Loose are what it’s all about’ Shane MacGowan.