Saturday, July 17, 2010

Album: C!ties - EP

Band: C!ties
Album: EP
Label: Self Released
Year: 2008

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C!ties, a young instrumental trio from Ennis Co. Clare, Ireland, are out to warp genres and alter perceptions. Incorporating a wide range of styles, from thumping electro to cranky riffage, all the way back to ambient interludes, they seek to redefine the conventions of instrumental music.

They formed in 2007 during their Leaving Cert, played gigs, wrote tunes, and self produced an EP by November 2008. This EP is available free online for one and all on Bandcamp. It has garnered positive reviews from Jim Carroll at the Irish Times, who called it "a fascinating blur of electronics, buzzy punk, mad-for-it synths and Godzilla-sized hooks, [they] tear up the alt.instrumental rock-and-rave handbook and start again from scratch." It was also named Clare Album of the Year by Andrew Hamilton of the Clare people, received positive reviews from Crude Magazine, The Limerick Post, and received airplay on BBC Radio Foyle, RTE 2XM, Phantom FM and more.

However, C!ties live and die as a live band, forever playing somewhere in the country. Touring has taken them north, south, east and west, missing buses, trains and everything in between on their quest to play every henhouse, crackhouse and whorehouse in all of Ireland. This has given rise to the honour of playing with contemporaries such as And So I Watch You from Afar, Adebisi Shank, Enemies, Rest and This is How it Ends, crossing genres with Hooray for Humans, Director, Heathers, KVX and The Ambiance Affair, and bridging the Irish Sea with bands like Maybeshewill, Death of London, Alright the Captain, Chrik and Beyond this Point are Monsters.

Their current plan for the future is to work on a single release, whilst plodding through exams and working on new material. Later in 2010 will see them return to the live circuit and pints with a vengeance, akin to John McClane’s return in Die Hard.

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