Bio

Having upped sticks from the Emerald Isle to hustle their brand of low-slung Rock’n’Roll under the lights of London, Sal Vitro now unveil their debut album ‘Cirque Du Sleaze’ - out July 13th led by their second single ‘It’s Not Love’, released July 6th on IRL

"Seriously. These boys know how to cook... A stand out album.
Funky, groovy, soulful, rockin'. It's all here."
- Marty Miller, Radio Nova

The band’s decision to hold off self-releasing the album was justified when they signed to London-based Independent Records Ltd. in early 2015. Permeated with rabble-rousing vocals, grinning Blues hooks and New Orleans-infused rhythm, the album radiates passion and Devil-may-care fun. ‘Cirque Du Sleaze’ is a celebration of Rock’n’Roll's excessive sensual pleasures and the road to ultimate redemption – thrilling without ever losing its Soul.

"A truly knockout debut album. Welcome to Cirque du Sleaze!"
- Louise Molony, Kerrang! Radio & Planet Rock

Having met on a modelling shoot in Dublin in 2011, Josh Dunford, Owie Lumsden, John Cuddy and Rourke Bradley joined their powers to tear through gospel choirs and Deep South whisky bars – keeping it together with plenty of homeland charm. Touring extensively has honed them into seasoned performers - among others, they’ve joined the legendary Thin Lizzy on their Farewell Tour to a sold out Olympia Theatre, opened for Jeff Beck and Richie Sambora, and rocked out to audiences 10,000-strong for Status Quo.

"Opening for a band with such a massive musical legacy as Thin Lizzy is itself a daunting task, but if young Dublin band Sal Vitro were intimidated by either the big stage or the musical icons they were supporting, they didn't show it. Instead they tore through a sizzling set of hard rock numbers that felt fresh, yet totally in tune with the classic rock sound of bands like Thin Lizzy. The sold out crowd were more than impressed by the young rockers, chanting their name and roaring in applause by the time they reached their last song."
- Bernard O' Rourke, GoldenPlec

As well as opening for such household names, the band were also honoured to perform at the 27th and 28th annual ‘Vibe for Philo’ – the annual event held to commemorate the musical legacy of Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott, playing to a capacity crowd at the Button Factory and Vicar Street respectively.

"Soulful beyond belief. There is only one thing wrong with Sal Vitro;
their frontman Josh Dunford isn't black!"
- Smiley Bolger, 'Vibe for Philo' 2013

Searing through the ins and outs of a throwaway, shallow affair, second single from the album 'It's Not Love' is a track for anyone who’s ever enjoyed something fleeting. Fast paced and contagious, it nods to the Black Keys via the no-nonsense rock sensibilities of Rival Sons.