Fed on Joy division, Billie Holiday, Tom Waits, Sonic Youth, Edith Piaf, Portishead, Velvet Underground, this band will manage to reassure you that there’s still urgency, passion, and art left in music.
They continue to blend slow elastic beats with delicously dark pop soundscapes on a grander scale. Graced with the addictively evocative vocals of Catherine Dowling and with music that is beautifully pop yet ethereally alternative. Alphastates have the potential to leave a massive imprint. “Human Nature” is the follow up to their critically acclaimed “Made from Sand”.
Music and misfits always come together. An after-hours gig in a warehouse in Dublin introduced Catherine Dowling to Gerry Horan. Some years later they formed Alphastates. In the hands of music composer Gerry Horan, Dowling expressed the dark comedy of the Human Condition. “Pop is a perfect avenue for human tragedy”. Shy of performances and people, they hung in the background. She sang her twisted off-kilter melodies over his guitar and electro noise assaults. Other talented misfits joined the melting pot. It started simple and their only goal was to write beautiful songs.
Champagne Glass was the first single taken from their very beautiful second album “Human Nature”, the follow up to their critically acclaimed “Made from Sand”. “Human Nature” will be released to the public on the 24th April 2009. Already making its way to the dance floors in New York, Champagne Glass is a pop song draped in house beats but smiling through the eyes of disco. Featuring two remixes by acclaimed production duo “Arveene and Misk” and mastered by Nilesh Patel, the face behind the mastering of Daft Punk’s Homework, Champagne Glass is a hook-laden pop sparkler that won’t leave your head once inside.
Having toured with Cat Power, Mercury Rev, Deus, Zero 7, Sinead O’Connor, The Beta Band to name but a few, alphastates have had their music appear on both Irish and International film productions. They’ve played Oxegen numerous times as well as the Electric Picnic together with an a number of high profile festivals across Europe. Having recently signed an international publishing deal and currently put the closing stages to the contract with their US record label, “HUMAN NATURE” is to see a release date Stateside at the end of 2009.
Sat. Nov. 14th – The Village, Dublin (with The DC Experiment & The Beat Poets)
Mon. Nov. 6th – Roisin Dubh, Galway
Fri. Nov. 20th – Stables, Mullingar
Sun Nov. 22nd – Auntie Annies, Belfast
Wed. Nov. 25th – Spirit Store, Dundalk
Sat. Dec. 12th – Square Peg, Warrenpoint