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FOR modern bands like Little Green Cars, life on the road is an absolute necessity.
With little to be made from record sales, live shows are one of the last reliable sources of income.
But constant touring is not without its drawbacks.
The Dublin band have just returned from taking their second album Ephemera on the road in the US.
They played 36 shows in 40 days, travelling 12,000 miles in a van crammed with six people.
When they take to the stage for a huge show at the Iveagh Gardens next month, they'll be pleased to be home.
Guitarist Adam O'Regan told the Irish Sunday Mirror: "It was pretty intense. But it's been really amazing playing these songs. It's added a whole new dimension to our set. It feels like we've been sitting on these songs for a while now. The album's been out for a couple of months. But we wrote some of them almost two years ago.
"So to come across the world and play them to an audience of people that have had the opportunity to listen to the songs, and had the opportunity to sit with some of the songs, getting to know the lyrics and the melodies and stuff, it was just amazing.
It's a very fulfilling experience and it seems like people are connecting with it, which is great."
Ephemera is a deeply personal record for the band, charting the breakdown of relationships for singers Faye O'Rourke and Stevie Appleby, and for O'Regan, the death of his father.
Adam lost his dad right before the release of their acclaimed debut Absolute Zero and was plunged into two years of touring not long afterwards.
His father Hugh, a businessman behind the Morrison Hotel and much of the development of Temple Bar, died at the age of 49 from a heart attack. On Ephemera, Adam faces the impact his loss had on his family.
He said: "It's a very, very personal record for us. We'd been through a lot when we were writing it.
"What has been especially amazing is that kind of setting to discuss the themes of death and loss and spirituality.
"I for one lost my father in 2012 before the first album was released. We had to then go on tour for two years, extensively.
"So I wrote this one song, Brother, the fifth track on the album, for my little brother Alex. He kind of had a difficult time dealing with dad's death.
"It's so personal to me that when someone comes out and says, 'This song means this to me, or means that to me', it's amazing what an effect it has.
"Suddenly it's no longer your song. It's in the hands of everyone else. We kind of found that a lot because the album is so personal.
"Now, having it released, it's had a real cathartic effect." And despite the intensity of travelling halfway across the world immediately after such a tragic loss, Adam feels he and the band have grown stronger.
He added: "It was really intense.
It was our first taste of any of that sort of stuff.
"I think about three months after dad passed away we had to embark on our first US tour, which was seven weeks, and our album came out during that tour.
"It was a roller coaster of new experiences.
"Because we're signed to an independent label and our manager's driving our van and we don't have any crew we set up our own equipment and we break down our own equipment every night. We share beds and stuff like that. It's a very humble affair. It's a real high intensity with the close proximity you are in with everyone else.
"So trying to deal with grieving for a parent certainly wasn't without its challenges.
"But in the same way those kind of challenges and that kind of intensity only seemed to make us a stronger group of friends and, in turn, a stronger band.
"I think that's what made Ephemera the record it is.
"Because we're so comfortable with one another, having gone through what we've gone through, I think it allowed the music to reach a very honest and raw place."
Adam's tribute to his father, which is sung beautifully by Faye O'Rourke, will be a touching moment when it's aired in the Iveagh Gardens.
After all, without him they might never have started the band. Adam said: "It was actually my dad's idea that I would start playing electric guitar back in 2006.
"I had just hit puberty and I think I was going through all the growing pains that young people go through.
"I was probably not getting on with my brothers and not getting on with my parents so much.
"My dad said, 'Adam why don't you pick up the electric guitar, take out some of that angst'.
"He was kind of halfjoking but that Christmas he bought me an electric guitar.
"I remember instantaneously falling in love with playing music.
And I couldn't play to save my life. But suddenly it just gave me a sense of identity that I was really looking for at that young age.
"Then when I went into secondary school I met Stevie, Dylan and Donagh. And they were all in a similar situation, they were the few who played music.
"So we all gravitated towards each other. Then we started a band."
The Iveagh Gardens' show takes place on July 23 and for Adam, it's one of their most important.
He added: "I think it's the biggest, the most important thing to us.
Ephemera "To come home and play in the Iveagh Gardens and to our own people, it's very exciting."
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"Suddenly it's no longer your song, it's in the hands of everyone ADAM O'REGAN ON SONG FOR HIS BROTHER "We share beds. It's a very humble affair. It's a real high intensity ADAM O'REGAN ON TOURING IN AMERICA
HIGH NOTE Little Green Cars will play Dublin
people, it's COVER Ephemera
INSTRUMENTAL Donagh Seaver O'Leary, Declan Lynch, Faye O'Rourke, Adam O'Regan and Steve Appleby
GUITAR MAN Adam O'Regan on stage in California