This is the fourteenth in our Mayhem Virgins series and this time it is the turn of Belfast power trio Dea Matrona formed in 2018 who I was lucky enough to catch at Live At Leeds last weekend. My Live At Leeds review for Soundsphere Magazine is coming soon! They started out busking and that has given them enhanced musical skills. The band is made up of one time school friends Mollie McGinn and Orlaith Forsythe. Mollie’s younger sister Mamie completed the band when she was brought in to play the drums. Unfortunately Mamie wasn’t in the line up at Leeds. The name Dea Matrona has it’s roots in the Celtic language and mythology, it means divine mother goddess, the same goddess who gives her name to the river Marne in Gaul. It certainly suits them because Dea Matrona are divine rock goddesses. There roots are clearly in classic rock which is evidenced by their choice of covers from the likes of Cream, old Fleetwood Mac, Chuck Berry, Led Zeppelin and Them. Mollie and Orlaith are full on rock chicks in the way they perform and dress. in the style of Joan Jett, Suzi Quatro, the Runaways and Girlschool. Live they have an abundance of energy and they rock harder than some much older more experienced bands. Can they transform their live impact into their recordings? I certainly hope so and the quality of their own compositions like the glam stomp of “Stamp On It” and the very hard and very heavy “Make You My Star” suggest that they will. They are building up a decent following on social media, I suggest you check them out. If you like great rock music you will love Dea Matrona!
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