Fresh and Live in Galway with Dark Room Notes and Katie KimNovember 18, 2009
The second stop on the FRESH AIR LIVE tour is to Galway to the Roisin Dubh this Sunday (22nd) where we have the dance-inducing Dark Room Notes in tow to accompany Katie Kim and Donal Dineen. The show will be presented by Donal who will also provide live visuals throughout, and spin tunes after the gig in to the small hours- with some help from Mr. Weasel.
Katie Kim’s music has been alternately described as perfect swellings, sedated, distorted chaos and sculpted slow burns; words which only go some way to describing the music that bleeds from Katie Kim. Formerly a member of the Galaxy 500-esque, dreampop outfit Dae-Kim she left the band in early 2008 to start recording the songs she had been writing over the past 5 years, until a computer mishap wiped over 50 of her finished works. A collection of new songs, born from the mourning of this loss, butterflied into Twelve; her critically acclaimed debut album.
Twelve has generated an overwhelming response, with many calling it the great hidden albums of 2008. Initially released on limited edition vinyl it was re-released on CD in early 2009 and has quickly fallen into the favourite lists of anyone that owns a copy.
“One of my favourite Irish albums of the season comes from Waterford lass Katie Kim. “Twelve” is a slow-burner, all weird turns and fuzzy twists. Live, Katie and her two hooded co-players get tougher and grittier in a Mazzy Star rocking out with Cat Power kind of way” – The Irish Times
With at least half of Dark Room Notes hailing from Galway this will be a homecoming gig for sure. The band’s live reputation has been cemented by electrifying performances at the Hard Working Class Heroes Festival in Dublin, a nationwide tour with Calvin Harris, live studio appearances on RTE Radio1, RTE 2FM sessions for Dan Hegarty and Jenny Heuston and Today FM’s Donal Dineen’s “Month of Sundays” showcase. Dark Room Notes also appeared on the illustrious ‘Other Voices’ topping the viewers’ poll as best act of Series 6. They’ve performed at SXSW, SMJ and with Kraftwerk in Kilmainham.
Dark Room Notes have worked with producers Flood (U2, Depeche Mode, PJ Harvey), Tom Rixton (Elastica, The Chalets, Tom Vek) and Ciaran Bradshaw (The Chapters, Subplots) and their debut album “We Love you Dark Matter” has been rapturously received by audiences and critics alike
“An impressive beast bubbling with dramatic hooks, alluring textures and a bundle of smart electro rock tunes.” – Jim Carroll, The Ticket
“Slow-burning classics, era-defining in their craftsmanship. Complete with Ronan Gaughan’s suave lyricism, this is an album of almost cinematic sophistication that deserves plaudits far beyond these shores.” –Johnnie Craig, Sunday Business Post – ****
We just love them cause they shake our ceiling and look good doing it.