Blue Fish Diamond Will Not Be Servants To The Hand They Cannot See

The Irish folk-rockers decry right-wing disinformation in their topical new single.

Blue Fish Diamond refuse to knuckle under to lies and fear in their new protest single Servants To The Hand — showcasing today on Tinnitist.

At a time when too many musicians are afraid to speak out, this Irish indie folk-rock sextet aren’t afraid to raise their voices and take a united stand on their timely new release. Blending upbeat pop-rock melodicism with biting social commentary, Servants To The Hand decries the rise in right-wing extremism over recent years. The song’s defiant refrain — “We know what you’re trying to sell us is fear” — calls out widespread disinformation from right wing-media; lies intended to stoke division and hatred on issues ranging from immigration to the validity of democratic elections.

Photo by Jason Ennis.

“We live in an era where disinformation is rife and can spread like wildfire on social media,” says Blue Fish Diamond singer-guitarist Jim Murphy. “Preying on vulnerability and a sense of disenfranchisement, invisible hands pull the strings to further their right-wing agendas. In Ireland, we saw this string-pulling lead to a night of rioting and looting in Dublin before Christmas, and more recently to a spate of arson attacks on properties rumoured to be earmarked as accommodation for asylum seekers.”

Blue Fish Diamond — Murphy, Matilda O’Mahony (backing vocals), Laura Ryder (keys), Axel McDonald (lead guitar), Ronan Quinn (bass) and Shay Sweeney (drums) — released their debut album From Dark To Light in 2018, followed in 2021 by their second album Frozen Stars On The Night. Their main influences include Tom Petty, R.E.M., The Beatles and Paul Simon. Their music has been played on radio stations across Ireland and in various European countries, the U.S. and Australia. They have played at multiple Dublin venues, along with ventures to Kilkenny, Wicklow, Cork, Monaghan and Cavan. Servants To The Hand was produced by Gavin Glass at Orphan Recording Studios. The song was co-written by Murphy and Mark Keogh.

Check out Servants To The Hand above, hear more from Blue Fish Diamond below, and give them a hand on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


Photo by Jason Ennis.