I grew up listening to the music of The Stunning. I remember the first time ever walking in to a guitar shop in Dublin when I was 17 and there was a giant front page of the music magazine Hotpress on the wall, and The Stunning were the band on the Cover, rising up above the guitar wracks standing 10 foot tall. They were the biggest band in Ireland at the time, and in my world. So when I was asked to do a video for them some 25 years later, the first video that they had done in as long a time, I was absolutely fu**ing honoured.
The Stunning are an Irish rock band formed in 1987. In the seven years that they were initially together, they toured relentlessly building up a following that would make them one of the most successful Irish bands ever. In 1990 their debut album ”Paradise In The Picturehouse” spent five weeks at number one and became one of the most-loved Irish albums of all time. Two years later, the follow-up Once Around The World also hit the number one spot, and the band went on to sell over 100,000 albums in Ireland alone. Brewing Up A Storm has become an anthem of sorts and is to be heard everywhere from football stadiums to clubs around the country where it is still a guaranteed floor-filler. Songs such as Half Past Two, Romeo’s on Fire, and Everything that Rises is still to be heard on the radio and have been featured in movies and numerous compilation albums of the best of Irish rock. They toured the US and the UK with the likes of Bob Dylan and The B52s. During their time, the band scooped every music prize and award going and their music is still to be heard on the airwaves. The band split up in 1994 to pursue other interests and they reformed in 2003 to support the re-release of their debut album Paradise in the Picturehouse. They perform regularly for select Irish shows and festivals, and in 2014 they returned to New York and Boston for their first gigs there since the early nineties.