ALL THE LUCK IN THE WORLD are three Irish songwriters, Neil Foot, Ben Connolly and Kelvin Barr currently based in Berlin. The band create an intimate blend of Alternative-Folk and and share a collective passion for storytelling, composition and song craft. Formed in 2011 while Foot was still in school, Connolly and Barr joined two years later to collaborate on a debut record for the band, which was written in Foot’s secluded family home in the Wicklow mountains.
In 2013/2014 the band received first international attention due to the home-recorded “Never”, which sold more than 120,000 singles on ITunes worldwide. After signing with Barfilm and Haldern Pop Records, they released their eponymous album on January 1st 2014, and subsequently toured the record across Europe. After many distinguished festival slots and three headline club tours, they began to turn their focus to new material.
While working on their second album in 2015, the band focused on crafting a unique soundscape, creating their own home-made instruments by sampling organic, acoustic sounds. They converted a forgotten woodshed into a studio space in the Wicklow countryside, and aptly named it Haven. Here the band began to compose and craft songs based around a set of stories, both personal and abstract, that were patiently developed over the course of a year. The album called “A Blind Arcade” was then recorded between this space and Golden Retriever Studio in Berlin with the help of producer Paul Pilot. “A Blind Arcade” will be released on 23/02/2018.
“It was tedious, but it was exactly what we wanted to be doing. It took over our lives for quite awhile, getting lost in detail and learning as we went. The hours put in back in Wicklow really paid off when we came to the studio in Berlin. We were not just making simple demos only to start from scratch once in the studio, we built much of the songs before even starting in Golden Retriever. This gave us more time to be creative in the studio, availing of tools and instruments that we lacked back home.”
After finishing their studies in Summer 2017 the band moved to Berlin to open another chapter.
“It was just a decision to move forward. We had spent much time in the city over the last few years, and found that it was reliably conducive to creativity. Those scattered stints in Berlin were always promising, and of course the nature of life in Berlin is appealing. When we arrived, there was no fear or worry. It felt right, as a band and as people.”
“It’s a combination of experiences, empathy, and fiction. We put a lot of thought into the lyrical content of each song, taking our time rather than settling with something we weren't completely happy with. We are always teeming with musical ideas and it’s a constant priority to maintain a high standard lyrically when we write. It prolonged the process for sure, but the reward is a group of songs that we can be really proud of.”
“I think these songs are a little more conceptual than our first record. I wouldn’t say we’d intended it to be that way, but we were definitely taking the time to really discuss some of our song ideas as concepts and stories and think about them from different angles and perspectives.”
“Musically, our sound has changed as we’ve been experimenting at home and in the studio. Not that it’s something completely different, it’s really just that it’s developed naturally over time. We are always looking for subtle points of interest, whether it be in a time signature change or a unique sound; something to trigger the listeners curiosity. We’ve created a few of our own sample instruments for this record and that’s become a defining feature for us I think. It’s was a great way for us to try to create something that felt quite unique to the band. We’ve had more time to craft these songs than we have in the past, so there’s perhaps a bit more clarity in the little details and textures.”
The home-made aesthetic and DIY approach of the band’s music is reflected in all areas of their work, as such artwork, videos and design.
“As a band, we enjoy the entire spectrum of creating a record and it's accompaniments, not just creating the music but designing the artwork, producing the videos, anything we can get our hands on in that sense. The album artwork relates to the imagery that we identify with each song. We wanted it to fit beside the first album’s artwork thematically, but also display the growth in thought and attention to detail of the second record”.
“Music videos are something we’re really interested in going forward.. Again, it just stems from a desire to create. When we think of an idea that fits with the song or has an interesting point, we get that same excitement that we find in the studio. It’s not so much a fear of delegation, it’s that we love that process, and we are proud of the results”.
‘All The Luck In The World’ is an intimate affair that blends the contemporary folk tinged alternative rock sound that the band have crafted with sophisticated extras – a horn section here, a string section there, synths, vibes and ambience in other places.’
‘All The Luck In The World’ is an engaging and cohesive listen. The songs flow seamlessly, drawing the listener in emotionally and mentally.’
* Golden Plec
‘Most bands spend a lifetime trying to hone and craft their sound. All The Luck In The World appear to have managed this at their first attempt and at the tender age of just 19 years old.’
* Vents Magazine
‘It’s acoustic, intimate, heartfelt story telling.’
* The Life of Stuff