Paradox – Irish Band of the Week
Just outside of our wonderful capital lies another county, one just as fair and beautiful as our own. Some of you may know of it as Cork. It too produces some wonderful musicians on a regular basis, and so for this week’s Irish Band of the Week we cast our gaze towards Cork band, Paradox. Influenced by the original grunge era of the 90s, brothers Pete Mac and Mike Mac created the early Paradox with heavy vocals, power chord riffs, and some powerfully clashing drums. After being signed to an American record label, utilising a variety of bass players to add flavour to their sound at different intervals, the boys left their label and decided to do it all themselves.
After this, the band worked on several albums but their most notable was the album entitled Corporate Pollution. The twosome did all the instruments themselves and the album marked the true fine tuning of their sound with political sneers and churning guitars interwoven into their sound. The album was ultimately described as dabbling somewhere between Nirvana’s In Utero and Alice in Chains Dirt, and the track, ‘Mr. Bureaucracy’ which was nominated for best song at the Berlin Music Video Awards, Dublin International short film and music awards the Portobello Film Festival London in 2013. Subsequently, another track, ‘Repress Excess’, marked the success of Corporate Pollution as an album when it was on the soundtrack for Canadian horror movie Truth. The movie went on to win several awards and earmarked the band’s brilliance to write songs.
By 2014 the band was back in the studio recoding their fourth album, Chapters, which worked to demonstrate their range as musicians and expand their form. As a work in progress since 2013 the band sought to create something much more experimental and Paradox’s drummer Mike Mac joined his brother Pete in the studio for a session in May 2014 after dropping back from his Canadian travels to drum on 4 tracks on the album.
For a newcomer to the band’s sound, I found their track ‘Free As A Bird’ a wonderful combination of heavy distorted guitar with a sense of angsty passion thrown in for good measure. It’s both heavy and melodious, and shows why the band has such a residual presence of the music scene. For them, and perhaps new and old followers, this album is reflective of its title and will speak to many on different levels about their own experiences.
Listen to ‘Free As A Bird’ below.
Words by Elaine McDonald