KASBAH Social Club - Limerick, V94 KX51, Ireland
FONDA is a Garage rock outfit from Limerick Ireland. Formed in 2015 by singer and songwriter
Liam O’Connor and drummer Patrick Bourke (formerly of The Vagabonds), they became a three
piece with the addition of Laura Kelly (formerly of Rural Savage). Their first Ep entitled ‘Social
Services’ was recorded in Galway in 2015 by Brian Kelly of So Cow. It drew comparisons to the
Dunedin sound of bands such as The Bats and The Chills. FONDA toured extensively in Ireland
throughout 2015 before recording their second Ep at Lamplight Studios Dublin with Jack
Glacken. It featured their debut single ‘Dreaming’ which went on to be placed number seven on
The Thin Air’s best Irish songs of 2016 list. They described it as “the sound of power pop having
grown older and that bit more cynical: imagine Big Star replacing tickets to the dance with
overpriced bars and the inevitable morning-after introspection.”.
Support slots to the likes of So Cow, Slow Riot, The Altered Hours and Gun Outfit followed in
late 2016 as well as a short tour in Canada that included a headline slot at the legendary Silver
Dollar Room in Toronto.
FONDA took a brief hiatus in 2017, with O’Connor joining Slow Riot on guitar duties.
However, an inclusion on the Litany of Failures vol II Lp lead to the reformation of the band as
five piece in the summer of 2018. Support slots have included Fontaines DC, Just Mustard,
Richard Hawley and BDRMM along with slots on the Midnight Circus Stage at Body and Soul
festival 2019 and the Body and Soul Main Stage at Electric Picnic 2019.
FONDA released the single “Letting Go” to critical acclaim in the summer of 2022. The song
was featured on BBC Radio 6’s Roundtable show as well as being placed at Nimber 6 in The
Thin Air’s Irish songs of the year in 2022.
The FONDA live show features the talents of Paul O’Connor (Thaat Snake) on bass, Steve
Savage (Cruiser) on drums, Danny Carroll on lead guitar and Cian Mcgurk on keys.
“FONDA bring together the existential horrors and the warm-and-fuzzies” Broadsheet.ie
“Possessing a flair for mixing ragged, fuzzy guitars with pop melodies and emotional sincerity, at
it’s best the band occupy a rare sweet spot between The National, The Lemonheads and
Pavement.” The Thin Air
“Sitting somewhere between Jarvis Cocker’s confidence and Matt Berninger’s croon, his is a
voice that is weighed with a natural and earnest emotion.” Overblown