IN 2008 guitarist and songwriter Danda Paxton asked Lydia Des Dolles to provide vocals on some songs he was writing, and with the addition of Danda’ s brother Ruairi on bass and Donagh O’Brien on drums, the project evolved into Sweet Jane, and the recording of an EP ‘ Blackboots and Blackhearts’. The EP was released to very positive reviews, and things developed more quickly when the band signed to Irish label Reekus at the end ‘ 09, and a Xmas release of You’re M aking This Hard, with Sweet Jane’ s own take on the Xmas classic Silent Night, brought a greatly increased media awareness of their music. Their debut album Sugar for M y Soul was released in Ireland last July, to superb reviews, and a slot at one of Europe’ s
leading festivals, Oxegen that month. Their live set has been described as an energetic roller coaster of sleazy guitars, achingly sexy vocals, split between Lydia & Danda, and topped off with their trade mark 'dream-pop rock 'n roll'. Sweet Jane are in their element in the live arena and have been touring furiously throughout the UK and Ireland and this includes a show at the Static Gallery in Liverpool
Sweet Jane play Sound City Festival this coming Saturday 21st at 8.10, before heading back home for three nights in the Olympia next week with Suede (24/25/26), and then jetting off to Singapore for some prime gigs at Music Matters Asia, with support from Culture Ireland, starting off with an open air gig on the main stage in Fountain Square Clarke Quay, at 8.30 on Saturday 28th., playing a second MM show at leading club Se7en Inch later that night, TV, radio and press on Monday 30th, and playing Singapore’s leading live music venue The Tab on Tuesday 31st. More dates are being added too! They are the first Irish band to play Music Matters Asia, and vocalist Lydia Des Dolles has been asked to lend her voice to the Music Matters ‘Band Aid’ type single which is being released during the festival in aid of Japan.