Ryan Hennessy andÂ Jimmy Rainsford talk about the songs that shaped their sound
Irish pop duo Picture This released their self-titled debut LP back in August, and it immediately rose to number one on the Irish Albums Chart. Featuring ofÂ Jimmy Rainsford on drums and Ryan Hennessy on guitar and vocals, the group makes the kind of pop tunes that will make anyone swoon.
The duo originated from Athy, County Kildare, where Ryan and Jimmy grew up as childhood friends. And it's that kind of togetherness that has allowed the twosome to chart eight Top 100 singles in their native Ireland in just about two years.ARTISTdirect caught up with Ryan and Jimmy to learn about the music that shaped their sound, what songs they first learned to play, and the tracks they are most proud of.First single I bought'Ryan: Robbie Williams- AngelsJimmy: Metallica - Ride the LIghtningFirst live show I attended'Ryan: The Script in 3 Arena DublinJimmy: MetallicaFirst song I learned to play'Ryan: Oasis - WonderwallJimmy: Nirvana - Come As You AreThe song that encouraged me to learn my instrument of choice'Ryan: Oasis - Like ForeverJimmy: Metallica - Enter SandmanThe song that reminds me of home'Ryan: Shania Twain - Still the OneJimmy: U2 - Where the Streets Have No NamesMy guilty secret track'Ryan: Bee Gees - Stayin AliveJimmy: Boyzone - Picture of YouThe song I wish I wrote'Ryan: N.W.A. - Straight Outta ComptonJimmy: One Direction - You & IThe finest song from my all time hero'Ryan: Oasis - Like ForeverJimmy: Owl City/Adam Young - Deer in the HeadlightsThe song I've written of which I'm most proud'Ryan: Take My HandJimmy: You & IThe song that should be played at my funeral'Ryan: Biggie Smalls - Get MoneyJimmy: Wheatus - Teenage DirtbagMy favorite track from my most recent projectRyan: Never ChangeJimmy: Never Change