Thread Pulls and Patrick Kelleher and his Cold Dead Hands announced for Dublin

November 22, 2009

We’re getting ready to take Fresh Air to Dublin next Sunday 29th November and are delighted to announce that we’ll have not one, but two excellent Fresh Air acts to share The Button Factory stage with artist-in-residence Katie Kim.

Joining Katie Kim in Dublin will be Patrick Kelleher and his Cold Dead Hands, and Thread Pulls.  The show will be presented by Donal who will also provide live visuals throughout.


Tickets for this triple bill are €12 in advance (from tickets.ie / City discs) or €14 on the door. Buy here>


Katie Kim ‘s fresh air show can be listened back to, as can Patrick Kelleher’s (listen back here) and Thread Pulls here.

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. Katie Kim live is a full band affair with up to 7 people on stage creating a full textured sound that weaves in and out of that magical voice.  The live effect is to literally mesmerise the audience, which you can get a sense of in the video below (more on the Video page)

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

Dublin-based Patrick Kelleher is a 24 year-old musician hailing from Glendalough in Co. Wicklow, although he spent much of his childhood in the English town of Rugby, hometown of Spacemen 3. Patrick has created and distributed the home-made EPs You Look Cold and He Has To Sleep Some Time (Virtual 7”). The latter can be downloaded free via his myspace.

His music varies from brooding, tense electronica to jaunty acoustica to 8-bit dance-floor ditties, but always with a twist of something ethereal or idiosyncratic. His songs are often premised on a mixture of live instrumentation, drum machines, cheapo voice-sampling yamaha keyboards and vocals that are, at times, heavily distorted. Some (perhaps lazy) comparisons could be made with six-foot hairy male Si Schroeder, Montréal-based floozy Owen Pallett/Final Fantasy, with distinct echoes of the beautiful and barking Kate Bush.

Kelleher has been championed by BBC Radio 6’s Stuart Maconie and Phantom FM’s Pearl and has supported Chequerboard, God Is an Astronaut and Thread Pulls with his backing-band, whose name changes from show to show. Names include The Wet Dreams,The Sick Fucks and His Cold Dead Hands. He is also a band-member of the pop-drone ensemble Children Under Hoof.”

“Kelleher’s new six track EP ‘You Look Cold’ is a strikingly assured exercise in evocative, experimental pop that deserves notice. In the space of 18 minutes, these curious songs demonstrate a restless imagination that flits between diverse reference points. Kelleher displays an obvious love of and mastery of musical texture. What ties this rag bag of influences together is hard to pin down, but something sure does, because ‘You Look Cold’ is more than the sum of its occasionally ephemeral parts. Indeed it is a very satisfying overall listen. Confidently odd and well worth checking out.” – Analogue Magazine

Thread Pulls are an experimental two-piece with the drumbeat at their core. Thread Pulls became the first Irish band to be invited to play at the celebrated All Tomorrow’s Parties festival. After releasing four EPs on 9-pt records as a three piece, they stripped down to the duo of Gavin Duffy and Peter Maybury, and spent the following two years developing their upbeat progressive sound which meshes trumpet, electronics and treated vocals with a no-wave inspired mix of repetitive bass and drums. Thread Pulls are now recording their début album.

Peter also makes electronic music as Hardsleeper and inRainfear. Gavin plays occasionally with Karl Him and Electronic Sensoria Band.

‘An exquisitely loud percussion and screaming guitar explosion, the post punk stomp that they began with touches base with bands like Liars, a primal funk hidden under sheet metal.’ – Brainwashed (Bardo Pond review)

Listen to Patrick Kelleher on  myspace or listen back to their fresh air radio session>
Listen to Thread Pulls on myspace or listen in on Wed 25th on Today FM.
Listen to Katie Kim on myspace or listen back to Katie Kim’s FRESH AIR Session>

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