The PVP Unveil First Single ‘Callan’ Ahead of Their Debut Album


Following our Inbound feature last year, Limerick supergroup The Personal Vanity Project have released their debut single ‘Callan’, with a video directed by Graham Patterson. Creating a blur of psychedelia-infused indie rock formed in 2021, the group comprises drummer/vocalist Brendan McInerney (Bleeding Heart Pigeons), keyboardist James Reidy (His Father’s Voice), and guitarist/vocalist Chris Quigley (Cruiser). 

This release comes with the announcement of their eponymous debut album, set for release through Pizza Pizza Records on May 25. The single falls somewhere between My Bloody Valentine’s warbling sonic mastery, Duster’s expansive wistfulness and J Mascis’ fuzzed-out amp worship. The album was produced by Chris Ryan (Robocobra Quartet/Just Mustard/NewDad) and mastered by Shellac’s Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service. The trio are set to perform across the island in support of the album, accompanied by a live liquid projection show by visual artist Catriona Osbourne.

May 23rd – Crane Lane, Cork
May 24th – Pharmacia, Limerick
May 30th – Anseo, Dublin
June 1st – KFest, Killorglin
June 7th – Toales, Dundalk

Frontman Chris Quigley says: “’Callan’ is about the misgivings older generations have about the younger, with the first verse being from the younger perspective and the second from the older. The perspectives feel interchangeable – which is kind of the point. There’s a tendency to worry about little things, individual moments, when there’s probably bigger things to deal with. The chorus is first person nonsense. It’s muddled, agreeing to do something it had no intention of ever doing. Classic teenager move.”

“The song name comes from a lake by the village where I grew up, which was a common drinking spot for young people, especially the abandoned house. Legend has it the butler of the abandoned house went on a bender, neglecting to feed the dogs kept on the land. When he returned, he was devoured by the dogs.”

“We recorded this in Start Together and the guitar solo on record is one I immediately wrote off as my high e string broke, and I spent half the take unwrapping the broken string from around the others. When I came in to change my string and get ready for another, no one could see why.”