Cork band reaches number one in iTunes chart

Cork band reaches number one in iTunes chart
Emperor of Ice Cream. From left to right. Colum Young (drummer) John Hegarty AKA Haggis (vocals) Edward Butt (Bass) Graham Finn (Guitar). Official photograph to launch The Emperor’s new single Lambent Eyes.

A BAND close to the hearts of many Corkonians in the mid-nineties has resurfaced and reached number one on the iTunes chart overnight.

Emperor of Ice Cream released its new single Lambent Eyes on various different streaming services a mere three days ago and took the number one spot in the charts on Sunday morning.

The band who got together in Cork in the early nineties were dropped by Sony Music and subsequently broke up but have now come out the other side of the pandemic having used their creative flairs to record new music.

Bassist with the band, Eddie Butt, told The Echo that the news of reaching number one on the iTunes chart was “fabulous”.

He said that the song was released on digital platforms on Friday and sat at number 77 on iTunes initially, before climbing to the number four spot on Saturday.

By Sunday morning, the band had made its mark and secured a more-than-comfortable position at number one.

“We’re working so hard behind the scenes,” Mr Butt said, “Graham is in New York, Colum is in Holland and John is in Waterford and we do a lot of Zoom meetings and are now in the middle of recording a couple of songs”.

“Seeing this happen is after giving us a bit of a boost, it’s fabulous.” He said that the “very special” new album which has a total of 10 singles and will see some of their songs from 25 years ago changed up.

“We have a plan for the next video we’re going to do too, we want people to be part of the new video and we’re working on how to do that and how we’re going to approach it.

“We want to bring everyone along and enjoy the ride, that’s what it is really.

“We want to do this the best we can do it, because eventually it’ll be over and we’ll look back on it and say we did a good job on it,” he said.

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