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The Dreads

From: Drogheda

Active: 1988-94




The Dreads a garage punk outfit formed in Drogheda in 1988. Their chief influences were the New York Dolls, Blondie and The Ramones and they were renowned for there fast, lively sets. They played around the country extensively over the next few years, appearing regularly at the Baggot Inn and Rock Garden in Dublin, Sir Henrys in Cork and the Boxing Club in Drogheda.

The band's debut recording was a self-released 4-track cassette released in 1989.

Fla was replaced by Jason Reynolds and by 1991 Brian had left and the band was a trio, with Ivor taking over the vocals. This lineup recorded an album that was never released. Jason Reynolds was then replaced by Alan Toner.

1991-92 was a very busy period for the band. They received a lot of press and a lot of record label interest. They recorded a Dave Fanning session and shot a video for "Crazy" on top of Temple Lane Studios and a live set at the Rock Garden (filmed by the Ballyfermot College Rock School). All these recordings are presumed lost.

They entered the studio for one more recording session in 1992. Recorded at Homestead Studios in Randallstown with Chris O'Brien producing, the four tracks were intended for an EP which unfortunately was never released.

Although the band raised a lot of record label interest in the early 1990's, they never signed that deal. They stopped gigging in 1994.

Ivor lynch now releases dance music under the name Ridgewalkers; Alan Toner's current band is Eye Slave who've released an LP; Barry Rodan went on to play bass with The Plague Monkeys.


• 600 Million Thousand Records On My Head (And I Can Still Stand Up) EP
K7 - self-released - IRL - 1989
Recorded November 1989

• Burn Your Idols
LP - unreleased - IRL - 1991

• Dave Fanning Session
circa 1992, details unknown

untitled EP
unreleased - IRL - 1992
Recorded 1992


We need your help to correct and/or complete this entry. If you can provide more information about this band, have scans, photos or any other memorabilia we can use, or spare copies of any releases, then please get in touch.

Thanks to Ivor Lynch.

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