In 2014, Trucker Diablo announced an indenite hiatus, after a re-group the N. Irish rockers are back with a brand new album, “Rise Above The Noise”, and UK festival announcements too! Rise Above The Noise was funded by a very successful Pledge campaign, and features 10 songs mostly written during the down time of the last 12 months, sees the band expand their songwriting, monster up their rifs and pull out those big choruses that made their peers like Ricky Warwick, Cormac Neeson and Ginger Wildheart take notice!
2011 saw the band be hand picked by festival promoters to appear at Download Festival and finished of the year supporting Black Stone Cherry on the sold out Irish leg of their UK tour. In 2012 the band had their single “Drink Beer, Destroy” feature on Kerrang TV, MTV Australia and Xbox game Rock Band 3.
Following on the boys took 2012 by the throat and played a massive 40 shows, which including some key highlights from playing Hammerfest with Anthrax, supporting Foo Fighters at Tennents Vital, supporting Terrorvision on their UK tour, rocking crowds on the main stage at Hard Rock Hell festival and topping off 2012 by supporting their heroes “Thin Lizzy” in Belfast.
After the success of their debut album “ The Devil Rhythm”, the band released their anticipated second album “Songs of Iron”, which was released on 14th May 2013 through Ripple Music (USA) and Bad Reputation(EU). First single “The Rebel” was released 1st February 2013 and second single “Drive” was released at the start of April. Third Single “Maybe You’re The One” was released in September 2013 and the band recently got tipped as a new band to watch on the U.S nation rock show, THAT METAL SHOW.
Closer to home. In November 2013 Trucker’s album “Songs of Iron” was nominated for the album of the year in the prestigious NI Music Prize award. Other nominees included Gary Lightbody’s Tired Pony and songwriting troubadour Foy Vance. Was an honour for the band to be included on home soil. It didn’t stop there for the hard working group. They released their own original Christmas song “We’re Gonna Rock This Christmas” for charity and their previous single “Drive” was voted one of the songs of the year in Classic Rock Magazine.