"They released a string of great singles, from Bone Deep to To The Bright and Shining Sun and the brilliant Bird In A Cage. Those singles though, bright and radio friendly, perhaps belie the alternative streak that fed through the three albums the band released between 2000 and 2012.
Their debut, Hi-Lo, has just turned 20 and is a gem of a record. It marked a progression in the duo’s writing, adding some grit, sonic experimentation and lo-fi textures to their innate knack for writing songs bursting with melody." - Steve Cummins, Journalist.
THE WALLS – a brief biography - 2022
Formed by two founding members of The Stunning - brothers Steve and Joe Wall – the band’s debut album Hi-Lo was released in 2000. U2 offered them a support at their second show in Slane Castle in 2002 after the band sent them copies. In 2002 the single ‘To the Bright and Shining Sun’ was used on a TV commercial and became a top ten hit in Ireland. Their second album ‘New Dawn Breaking’ (2005) hit number 5 in the Irish charts. The movie Begin Again starring Keira Knightley & Mark Ruffalo features the track ‘Drowning Pool’ over the opening credits. The song ‘Open Road‘ proved a favourite with Nic Harcourt on his KCRW show ‘Morning Becomes Eclectic’ and in 2006 he invited the band to Santa Monica to play in studio. Their third album ‘Stop the Lights’ came out in 2012, with the first single ‘Bird in a Cage’ becoming a firm favourite with Irish radio. The bands fourth album Stray Sparks is released in March 2023, a collection of rarities and previously unreleased material.
Drummer Rory Doyle records and tours with Hozier. Steve developed a career as an actor, appearing in the TV series The English; The Witcher (Netflix); Raised by Wolves (HBO/Ridley Scott); Vikings (MGM); Tin Star (Sky Atlantic). He recently played the Jazz musician Chet Baker in a Dutch feature film My Foolish Heart, about the trumpeter’s last day in Amsterdam where he died in 1988. Joe Wall teaches in BIMM Music College, Dublin and bassist Jon O’Connell is an in-demand musician/producer in Co. Clare in the west of Ireland.