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CD Review: Sixteen Layers “I Am No One”

As a journalist and an editor who’s involved with several music magazines, I get a lot (and I mean a LOT!) of music sent my way for review and lately I’d been feeling awfully bummed out about all the predictable, emotionless tracks I was hearing. Fortunately, it turns out that it’s true what they say; sometimes you really do find the greatest things when you’re not looking. When I headed out last Saturday to catch a show my friend’s local Montreal band was headlining, I hadn’t the slightest inkling that I’d be so utterly blown away by the out-of-town supporting act, which was visiting us all the way from Ireland. And when I say blown away; I mean it. These guys were mind-blowingly, effing fabulous.

Who am I speaking of? In case the title hasn’t already give it away, it’s Sixteen Layers. Comprised of Niall Donnelly (Vocals, Rhythm Guitar), John Colbert (Bass Guitar), Dom Muldoon (Lead Guitar) and Tim McGrath (Drums), this Irish four-piece has a true knack for writing well-crafted, unforgettable songs and their debut, “I Am No One,” is (thankfully!) just as tight and exquisite as their live set.