Irish Band Of The Week – September Girls
This week’s Irish Band of the Week is September Girls, a fantastically talented band based in the heart of Dublin. Their sound is alluringly dark, soaked with reverb, ethereal harmonies, screeches of guitar, carrying an undeniable sense of self-assuredness to their sound. Their debut album, Cursing the Sea, received widespread critical acclaim, ranging from NME to the Guardian to The Observer. What’s most noticeable throughout their ability to play up upon certain elements and intertwine them is prominent, crosshatching the enthrallingly dark melodies with more angelic vocals in almost paradoxical brilliance. Indeed, the Sunday Times noted it to be ‘a debut album that succeeds not only because of the colouring and song writing, but because of the utter confidence in their method’. Even more impressively was when Time Magazine named them as one of the eleven best new bands in the world, a pretty impressive feat for a band on their first musical outing.
However, not ones to rest of their laurels, they immediately immersed themselves in their music again, and released a four track EP, Veneer, in November 2014. This EP already emphasised their steady progression as a band, while still bearing their original hallmarks of reverbing sounds and powerful vocals. For September Girls, it demonstrated them clearly rebuking any notions that this was your stereotypical girl band; they earmarked themselves a fierce musical force.
The band continued to tirelessly tour far and wide, including some notable festivals such as SXSW and CMJ in the US, as well as UK festivals such as Beacons, The Great Escape and Liverpool Psych Fest and a UK tour with A Place to Bury Strangers.
September Girls are currently recording their second album, Age Of Indignation, out on 8 April. It’s undeniable that the energy they express in their performances and albums is boundless, and that’s something to be admired.
Here’s the video for ‘Love No One’, the first single off Age Of Indignation. See full tour dates including album launch gig at the Grand Social below.
15 April – Grand Social, Dublin, Ireland – Album launch
16 April – Cyprus Avenue, Cork, Ireland
29 April – Laverys, Belfast, Northern Ireland
14 May – Brudenell Social Club (Games Room), Leeds, United Kingdom
15 May – Arts Club Loft, Liverpool, United Kingdom
16 May – ABC 2, Glasgow, United Kingdom
17 May – Academy 3, Birmingham, United Kingdom
18 May – Academy 2, Oxford, United Kingdom
19 May – The Islington 2, London, United Kingdom
20 May – The Moon Club, Cardiff, United Kingdom