Departed released their self-titled EP on 18th June and it’s one that is well worth checking out. The press release that accompanied the e-mail we received immediately grabbed my interest as it revealed that the band included Empire of Fools singer Mark Pascall and former Treatment guitarist Ben Brookland. I’ve played Empire of Fools tracks on Rock Radio NI quite a bit and the Brookland era Treatment (up to late 2013) probably produced their best material. A quick listen to the EP confirmed that it was indeed something special.


There are 7 tracks on the EP – which almost makes it an album – and the first to be released as a single was “Steal Your Crown”, which I included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on xx May. I followed that up by playing the opening track “Are You Ready” on the Show on 24th June. To be quite honest, I’d be happy playing any of the tracks from the EP on the Show.

Joining Pascall and Brookland in the band are bass player Howie Spring and drummer Connor Spring. Heaven’s Basement drummer Chris Rivers is a special guest performer on the EP.


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