Social Rising: Dark Room Notes, Swords, Lemonada – The Grand Social, 7th June

Dark Room Notes will be joined by Swords and Lemonada for the next Social Rising at The Grand Social on June 7th.

Dark Room Notes formed in Galway in 2006. Following the release of their first single Love Like Nicotine in 2007 they won the viewer’s choice poll on RTE TVs ‘Other Voices’. 2007 also saw the release of the critically acclaimed Dead Start Program EP, the lead track from which, Shake Shake My Ceiling ending up featured on the film ‘A Kiss for Jed Wood’. 2009 saw the release of their debut album We Love You Dark Matter which secured a nomination for the Choice Music Prize for best Irish Album of 2009 and the band subsequently signed to Berlin/London dance label BBE Records who released their album internationally in 2010. Dark Room Notes have played at SXSW, CMJ, Canadian Music Week and Popkomm, as well as touring in the US, Germany and UK, shows at Oxegen, Electric Picnic, Castlepalooza, Indiependance and Sea Sessions, and support slots with Kraftwerk, Robyn and Carl Craig. April 2012 saw the release of their second album, entitled DarkRoom Notes.


Swords are an electro-pop trio that have been compared to Nintendos, Radiohead and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Combining soulful vocals, caustic lyrics, electronic hooks, melodic bass and thumping drums the result is a sound that is original, innovative and exciting. Drummer Ian Frawley and Keyboard Player/Vocalist Diane Anglim met in 2010, and recorded their first Demo with the help of sound engineer Micheal Sheil (We Town Criers). As a result of the Demo they met Bassist and Sampler Jarlath Canning – and the Swords line up was complete. Since then Swords have been developing their sound and working on building a reputation as a strong live band. Their New EP ‘Black Balloon’ was recorded and produced by noted musician Karl Odlum (The Frames/The Mary Janes/David Kitt/Gemma Hayes/Ham Sandwich). Since its release in February 2011, it has reached #1 in the Irish Electronic Download charts, and the EP has been well received amongst The Irish Music Press.


“Lemonada makes instrumental beat tapes when studying music production in a Dublin college. His first collection entitled Kelly Green Volume 1, released in August of 2011 was an impressive introduction to his Cassette Boy meets cut and paste sample-heavy style and remixes for The Cyclist, Nouveaunoise and Gorgeous Colours along with a couple of well-received live shows, have set Lemonada up for 2012” – Niall Byrne, State Magazine

Dark Room Notes
The Grand Social
Thursday 7th June, €5

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