Rofi James

FRESH: ‘Sorry’ – Rofi James

Rofi James say “Sorry”

Irish band Rofi James have just released their latest track, “Sorry”, the follow up to “Every Time I Make You Hate Me”. “Sorry” is a storming, anthemic, rock/pop number with an addictive ‘drama’ surrounding each verse before the chorus explodes in your face with power-passionate vocals from lead singer Rónán Ó Flaithearta. Think The Killers meets The Weeknd and you’re almost there! There is nothing to dislike about this song and it’s about time this band came out of the shadows to a wider audience.

“Sorry” was written by Ó Flaithearta together with bandmates Jamie Murray and Joseph Flaherty, and was mixed and produced by Dave Skelton. The song focuses on the anxiety and mental health struggles experienced during the Covid19 pandemic, and subsequently overcoming the isolation and general uncertainty experienced after becoming unemployed overnight due to the live music industry shutting down.

Rofi James formed in 2012 and released their debut single, “Fool For Your Love”, in 2016. Although they have yet to release an full album, a number of singles have flowed since then as well as the EP “Helium” in 2018. The band have played lived and opened for acts like Picture This, Wild Youth and The Riptide Movement. The band recently finished headlining the Galway 2020 capital of culture Fire Festival Tour, spanning seven nights and performing to approximately 15,000 people.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!