::: LIVE :::
SAT NOV 14TH - DUBLIN - VILLAGE (with
THE DC EXPERIMENT & THE BEAT POETS)
MON NOV 6TH - GALWAY, ROISIN DUBH
FRI NOV 20TH - MULLINGAR, STABLES
SUN NOV 22ND - BELFAST, AUNTIE ANNIES
WED NOV 25TH - DUNDALK, SPIRIT STORE
SAT DEC12TH - WARRENPOINT, SQUARE PEG
Prepare to be blasted by pop delusionists of grandeur. Alphastates
deliver their sound under the blanket of unselfconscious art. Fed
on Joy division, Billie Holiday,
Tom Waits, Sonic Youth, Edith
Piaf, Portishead, Velvet Underground,
this band will manage to reassure you that there's still urgency,
passion, and art left in music.
They continue to blend slow elastic beats with delicously
dark pop soundscapes on a grander scale. Graced with the addictively
evocative vocals of Catherine Dowling and with
music that is beautifully pop yet ethereally alternative. Alphastates
have the potential to leave a massive imprint. Human Nature
is the follow up to their critically acclaimed "Made
Music and misfits always come together. An after-hours
gig in a warehouse in Dublin introduced Catherine Dowling
to Gerry Horan. Some years later they formed alphastates.
In the hands of music composer Gerry Horan, Dowling
expressed the dark comedy of the Human Condition. "Pop
is a perfect avenue for human tragedy". Shy of performances
and people, they hung in the background. She sang her twisted off-kilter
melodies over his guitar and electro noise assaults. Other talented
misfits joined the melting pot. It started simple and their only
goal was to write beautiful songs.
Champagne Glass was the first single
taken from their very beautiful second album "Human
Nature", the follow up to their critically acclaimed
"Made from Sand". "Human
Nature" will be released to the public on the 24th
April 2009. Already making its way to the dance floors in New York,
Champagne Glass is a pop song draped in house beats
but smiling through the eyes of disco. Featuring two remixes by
acclaimed production duo "Arveene and Misk"
and mastered by Nilesh Patel, the face behind the
mastering of Daft Punk's Homework, Champagne
Glass is a hook-laden pop sparkler that won't leave your
head once inside.
Having toured with Cat Power, Mercury
Rev, Deus, Zero 7, Sinead
O'Connor, The Beta Band to name but a
few, alphastates have had their music appear on
both Irish and International film productions. They've played Oxegen
numerous times as well as the Electric Picnic together
with an a number of high profile festivals across Europe. Having
recently signed an international publishing deal and currently put
the closing stages to the contract with their US record label, "HUMAN
NATURE" is to see a release date Stateside at the
end of 2009.
With music that is beautifully pop yet ethereally
alternative, alphastates have the potential to leave a massive imprint.
Quotes from the media:
Metro (4/5 stars)... "A triumph"
Hot Press (4/5 stars) ....Groundbreaking,
wondrous, exhuberant...Singer Catherine Dowling's presence throughout
is a revelation throughout
Sunday Business Post (4/5 stars) -
Cool, brooding electronica that recalls other sophisticated
female fronted acts such as Portishead and the Cocteau Twins. What
really lingers in the memory are those vocals – breathy, vulnerable
and disarmingly sexy. Dowling’s oblique lyrics mean that you
may not know what she’s on about half the time, but one listen
to those hushed tones should be enough to get any male trembling
at the knees. Alternately soothing and chilling, Human Nature is
never less than an intriguing listen – and you get the impression
that Alphastates’ best work is still ahead of them.
Entertainment.ie (4/5 stars)
With their 2004 debut, 'Made From Sand', Alphastates became
one of the most underrated bands on the Irish music scene, not only
because they were ahead of their peers in terms of mixing guitar
driven indie with electro pop sounds, but also because of their
dark fragility and beautifully truthful lyrics. Now that the scene's
caught up to them, 'Human Nature' sees Alphastates develop that
sound and delve further into the realm of danceable pop music.
Catherine Dowling's sultry haze of a voice is
the defining and pre-eminent feature, as ever, as it shifts and
softly cracks above both catchy hooks and soft vibes. The bassy
synth hook of lead single 'Champagne Glass' vindicates its success
on the dancefloors of New York, while the rough-edged riff and distorted
punk guitars of 'The Record Machine' show that the band formerly
known as Babelfish still know how to rock out.
But it's the stark contrast between these upbeat
pop numbers and the mellower, more reflective tracks, which ooze
an introspective aching, that makes 'Human Nature' an album with
real depth. The plonking synths, building strings and delayed vocals
of 'Swimming' construct the perfect watery backdrop for its subject
matter, while atmospheric closer 'Comfort in Silence' ambles from
its droning instrumental opening through discreet vocal passageways
with ease and grace. If only more Irish bands had this kind of range.
Irish Times (3/5 stars)