Damien Rice, one of the most highly rated young songwriters in Ireland, will release his debut album “O” in the US on June 3, 2003. “O” was released in Ireland in February 2002 on Damien’s own label and has established itself in the Irish album Top Ten, obtaining platinum status in a mere three months.
Damien wanted to create an album in a non-traditional, spontaneous fashion, in his bedroom, his kitchen, wherever and whenever it felt right…
The result is “O”: ten unique songs that display a tremendous breadth of scope and musical ambition, married to lyrics of breathtaking depth. ‘o’’s affecting, memorable songs are interspersed with moments of swollen strings, Inuit, lavish operatics, and disquieting Gregorian chanting.
Damien’s first single ‘The Blower’s Daughter’ was released in Ireland in September 2001, entering the Top 20. In the space of two months Damien went from playing to fifty to fifteen hundred people. “O” was released on February 1st, accompanied by immense acclaim from the Irish media and a sold out six week tour of Ireland. Damien was recently nominated for four Irish Music Awards and A BBC Hot Press Rock Award.
Damien rocks out live, ‘a compelling blend of charisma, showmanship, artistry and originality’ (Telegraph), and has gained a huge live following in Ireland and here in the UK, where he has toured several times. He played three consecutive sold out nights at The Olympia, Dublin last year and more recently played at The Sundance Film Festival in LA this year. He has also been confirmed to play Glastonbury 2003 and V2003 and will be supporting Coldplay on some of their tour dates both in the UK and here in the US.