Updated: Jul 16, 2021
Dublin duo create mood with rhythm and melody.
Dublin has widely varying effects on the different tribes who experience it. For the tiresome hen and stag parties it’s Temple Bar time and err … that’s it. Yet the publicans who haven’t been able to serve them for over a year must be desperate to see them again. Brendan Behan was a colourful and romantic fixture in some of those same hostelries yet must have been equally tiresome at times to those he hectored and badgered for free drinks. For Fontaines DC, The Liberties provided provided sustenance, emotionally, physically and lyrically. And gave birth to one of the finest debut albums of recent times.
James Joyce may have immortalised the very fabric of the city and it’s inhabitants in his masterpiece Ulysses but he wrote it after leaving. For him the Catholic Church, politics and a literary culture dominated by the backward-looking WB Yeats meant exile. Joyce wrote that he wanted to produce what had 'not yet come to the world'
Surely that would the ambition of any right thinking artist. Review the past, revel in the present, write the future.
For TV People, recently added to the Blowtorch Records roster, their moody and melodic sound is tightly bound up with the solace they find in the excitement and inspiration running through the Dublin music scene. Of their upcoming release Out of the Silence frontman Paul Donohoe reveals "we wrote (it) at the start of the year when we got back into our rehearsal room in Dublin after months of writing from home. I remember feeling inspired and invigorated by the energy of the city at the time, despite the fact that everything was closed and the weather was dark and grim.
"I found solace in the fact that the city was indifferent to everything that was going on in the world around it, and started to reflect on the fact that I needed a bit more perseverance in my own life.
"The tune is a homage to that timeless energy and presence that certain places have and how you can find comfort in the permanence of these places when you're feeling a bit lost and dejected. For me, it's an expression of optimism and appreciation for life, despite its faults and imperfections.”
TV People is the project of Paul (vocals, guitar) and Brendan Clarke (drums); a band who create their dark, gritty yet melodic sound from a fusion of alternative rock and post-punk inﬂuences. And for whom the above quote is characteristic of their serious, weighty approach to music. If you entered Echo and the Bunnymen, Interpol or Psychedelic Furs as a search on BandNext it should throw up TV People as a suggestion. One day.
Since forming in 2019, they have refined their sound at live gigs throughout Ireland including iconic venues Whelan’s, The Button Factory and Mike The Pies. In their wake they leave a trail of acclaimed releases. String, Nothing More, Time Eats Up & Kitchen Sinking have seen the band tipped by Hot Press as one of their ‘Ones to Watch for 2021’. Reviews and plays have also come from CLASH Magazine, BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music, Amazing Radio, RTÉ & more.
Refreshed and inspired anew by the relentlessness, energy and sheer indomitable spirit of Dublin, Out of the Silence is released on July 1. They have also announced a hometown headline show upstairs at Whelan’s on 7th October 2021.
Late summer will see their debut 5 track EP appear both digitally and on vinyl as their sound develops with nods to their influences and eyes on an exciting future. Hail the future! Welcome TV People!