Three of Ireland’s top electronic acts come together for a once-off Dublin show on Saturday July 1st. In the intimate underground surroundings of Bello Bar, Catscars and Patrick Kelleher will offer exclusive tracks from their upcoming albums, alongside a live mix of Everything Shook’s recent critically-acclaimed debut album, Drinking About You.
Drawing comparisons from Kraftwerk to Gothic Horror, the three groups weave a tapestry that traces decades of Electronica, Pop, and Performance Art. Their music considers the consequences of modernization, social inequality, and life in general.
Patrick Kelleher is an electronic musician, singer, and producer, based in Dublin. His sophomore album, Golden Syrup, was nominated for a Meteor Choice Music Prize in 2012. Performing as Patrick Kelleher and his Cold Dead Hands, he has provided support for international acts such as Future Islands, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, A Flock of Seagulls and Dan Deacon, and brought his live show to the UK, central Europe, the Balkans, the US and Brazil.
While his output to date has been characterised by ghostly visions of 80s Synth-Pop and New Wave, his most recent work treads darker, more vigorous ground, drawing inspiration from Acid House and early European Techno, accompanied throughout by intimate vocal melodies.
The current incarnation of the Cold Dead Hands is a double act featuring Kelleher and fellow musician Brian Conniffe (Nurse With Wound).
Everything Shook is a three-piece band from Dublin, featuring Robyn Bromfield, Jessica Kennedy, and Áine Stapleton. Included as one of The Irish Times Best Irish Acts of 2014, and Golden Plec’s ‘Women Who Rocked 2015’, the trio have played large festivals, music venues, dive bars, theatres, bookshops and art spaces throughout Ireland and New York. They perform with old keyboards, synths, bass guitar, Korg DS, and a food blender to create a unique, electric sound. Their performance is theatrical, blending an unusual aesthetic with dark electronic sounds and layered vocals. Everything Shook’s debut album ‘Drinking About You’, released August 2016, is a collection of songs curated around themes of late nights, objectification, alcohol, disenchantment and big cities. Their EP Argento Nights, released April 2015, and available on 7-inch vinyl, is loosely inspired by their wanderings on dark and blurry nights.
Catscars is Robyn Bromfield, with the genius addition of Patrick Kelleher on dystopian motorik drums, and Brian Conniffe on electronics and energized enthusiasm. Catscars has been producing music for over a decade in a number of guises, and has a new album on the way. In more recent years, the focus has been on using the Nintendo DS to create dark but beat-driven pop tunes that explore themes of modernity, the city, isolation and social ills.
‘A dark, visceral slice of bleak and brooding electro’ Golden Plec on Everything Shook
‘Spookily brilliant, like Daryl Hall in hell’ – The Guardian on Patrick Kelleher and His Cold Dead Hands
‘Inspired by John Carpenter, Vangelis and a healthy dose of 80s New Wave, [she creates] a sound full of cinematic tension, with a dark, sinister soul at its core’ State Magazine on Catscars.
‘A horror soundtrack for modern living’ Nialler 9 on Everything Shook
Bello Bar, 1 Portobello Harbour, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 8 | Bello Bar
Saturday, July 1st 2017
Doors @ 8pm
Tickets €10 available at the door