Cry Monster Cry – Irish Band of the Week | DublinConcerts.ie
We’ve all heard the old saying, Blood is thicker than water, and it’s certainly the case when it comes to this week’s Irish Band of the Week. Brothers Richie and Jamie Martin, or better known as Cry Monster Cry, have shared the love for music and it’s fundamentals for a long time. With an array of talent between them, they both bring their perfect mix and distinct musical knowledge together to create melodious and lyrical records.
The Dublin duo are set to release their debut album ‘Rhythm of Dawn’ at the beginning of next month which will be backed by a massive album launch gig in Dublin venue Whelan’s. The guys took a break from the scene to perfect their already decent skillset and it has clearly paid off with the upcoming album living up to expectations. Rhythm of Dawn was mixed by the legend that is Grammy Award Winner Guy Massey, which left us with high expectations, prior to getting our teeth into it. We weren’t to be disappointed.
The album kicks off with the sumptuous harmonies of ‘Darkest Hour, Longest Day’ and ‘Atlas’. The influences are evident, but the music is unique. The album takes a twist halfway through for a beautiful sombre ballad ‘Gelert’s Grave’ and the first single from the album rather surprisingly upbeat ‘Postcards’.
Closing up the album were the banjo infused ‘When the Morning Comes’ and the perfect closer, ‘Homebird’, which really acts as a pick me up, as the album falls silent (with the help of bird song). But two heart wrenching; almost tear inducing tracks really stand out for me. ‘On Tangled Shores’ and in particular ‘Old at Heart’ surely do tug on the heart strings.
‘Rhythm of Dawn’ is a solid, solid folk album. But it’s more than that. You can almost taste the blood, sweat and tears that went into making this album. The hard work is unmistakeable and it has certainly paid off.
By Pat Byrne