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Photo : Ruth Medjber

Photo : Ruth Medjber

“We are three individuals whose lives are inextricably linked. We know each other inside and out and can’t lie or fake it in front of each other, so our lyrics are awash with honesty.” - Wyvern Lingo

Wyvern Lingo have always been friends first, band second.  

Junior school alliances built to withstand the torments of puberty and teenage rites of passage - first kisses, first hangovers and trips good and bad. Dodgy gaffs and even dodgier boyfriends and girlfriends. Young hearts but witchy old souls with a private language - the wyvern lingo.

Music is the glue that helped Wyvern Lingo stick together. Originally bonding over hand-me-down albums by Thin Lizzy, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell and Simon & Garfunkel; then starting their own thread of music, which stitches together a rough but resilient tapestry of influences, taking in folk, hip-hop, rock and R’N’B, all united by the spectral chill triggered by their unique vocal harmonies. Writing together, sharing their hopes and fears in verses and choruses.

Now in their twenties, they have a confidence in how they write and in what they say, be it personal experience or a comment on society. Wyvern Lingo bring their stories together on their debut album, simply called “Wyvern Lingo”. They say - “We were trying to find a title that would capture a glimpse into our world, what better way than to self-title the album. This is us. ”

The trio self-released their first EP - “The Widow Knows” in 2014, which brought them to the attention of Irish independent label Rubyworks. Extensive international touring followed with James Vincent McMorrow and fellow-Bray native Hozier, and a second EP - “Letter To Willow”, followed in 2016. Their full-length debut album was released on Rubyworks in February 2018.

“These songs are a collection of experiences both separate and shared. Experiences that shape how we view the world, and how we’ve come to terms with the way our lives have unfolded.” - Wyvern Lingo

The album was mostly recorded in Dublin with producer James Kelly (WIFE, Zola Jesus), with additional recording in London with Neil Comber (M.I.A. / Crystal Fighters) and Cologne with Patrice Bart-Williams (Selah Sue).

The Bray trio performed lead single ‘I Love You, Sadie’ on The Late Late Show and received a nomination for Song of the Year at the RTE Choice Awards as well as being named the number 1 Best Song of 2017 by Nialler9.

Going straight in at number 3 in the Irish Charts, Wyvern Lingo’s debut album received 4 star reviews from The Irish Times and Hot Press Magazine alongside a cover and full spread feature for the later.

They completed a full UK and European tour in support of their acclaimed album, playing festivals including Reading & Leeds and Electric Picnic and opening for Grace Jones in Dublin. They rounded off a mammoth summer with a sold out headline show in The Academy in Dublin.