THE 4 OF US are one of the most acclaimed bands in Ireland, having been a steadfast part of Irish music history for over 25 years.Blending contemporary roots with rock, the award-winning band was formed by brothers Brendan and Declan Murphy from the border town of Newry in Northern Ireland.Their truly unique sound has garnered a large and loyal fan base and an enviable catalogue of timeless songs, including six Top 20 Irish charting albums and several hit singles. Regulars on Irish radio playlists, their music has also been featured extensively on American, UK, and Irish TV soundtracks.THE 4 OF US shot to early fame towards the end of 1989 with their debut Songs for the Tempted, which featured the massive hits Mary and Drag My Bad Name Down. The follow- up Man Alive made Q magazine’s prestigious Top 50 Albums of 1992 and included the UK Top 30 song She Hits Me.Sugar Island, their latest album, explores the Murphy brothers’ early years growing up in a border town during the height of the troubles in Northern Ireland. As singer Brendan recalls: “It was a dark time for sure, but as kids we still managed to have a lot of fun. Everyone who lived through that time has their own stories to tell; we thought we’d share some of ours.”The title track refers to the landmark heart of their hometown, which was also a popular meeting place for young lovers.The opening song, Birds Eye View recalls the mixture of fear and excitement as a young Brendan watched the conflict unfold from his bedroom window at night, kept awake by the racket of helicopters and gunfire- just a stone’s throw from their home to the edges of the danger zone.“With this one, we’ve really come full circle” says Declan. “When we first started, THE 4 OF US was just two guys and two guitars. This album is a return to that ethos.SUGAR ISLAND ALBUM REVIEWSIRISH TIMES 4/5 Border boys in troubled times … Rational, perceptive pop/folk of the highest order.HOT PRESS MAGAZINE Intricate arrangements, skilful lyric writing, and as we have come to expect from The 4 Of Us, the songs are imbued with considerable melodic flair. Excellent.DAILY EXPRESS Tales of growing up that perfectly capture the dark times.ACOUSTIC MAGAZINE There’s no polemic at work here, just a clutch of great songs telling it like it was, performed with an honesty that makes this rather special.SUNDAY TIMES Sugar Island has won some of the best reviews of their career … several landmarks are referenced by the brothers in songs such as Going South and Hometown on the Border, the latter’s mention of ‘soldiers tapping their heels’ being especially evocative.