THIS OTHER KINGDOM
_ Main Venue _
Whelans, Saturday 13th June // Tickets go on sale this Friday 1st May at 10am
After a very successful Dublin show at The Workman’s Club, Columbia Mills are back on the gig scene this June 13th at Whelans.
Columbia Mills celebrates their current EP ‘Factory Settings’. Their next single from this EP is set to be “The Advanced Stages Of Falling Apart”.
From the unsuspecting seaside town of Bray on Irelands east coast emerge Columbia mills. A collective tour de force creating a head-onistic mix of musical textures, reverb saturated guitars, glorious beats & beautiful tragic sounds.
Imagine the Jesus and Mary chain making a ‘Screamadelica’ and you’re close.
The bands name comes from the legendary building based on Dublin’s Quays. In the early 90s the building became a mecca for the illegal rave scene bringing people together from all walks of life and all musical tastes. The diversity of music and social classes is something that has left a lasting impression on the city and has not since been rediscovered since Police put an end to the institution in an early morning raid.
Columbia Mills touch on the 80s synth sounds of New Order and The Cure and fuse them with the 90s indie guitar sounds of The Verve and Primal Scream on a bed of electronic and organic beats a la Massive Attack and LCD Sound System.
While you may hear the bands influence’s in their music, you will also hear a fresh modern sound that aims to draw the listener into the unique head space that is Columbia Mills.
There is little known about the band that seems to have come out of nowhere. Emerging from the wreckage of an economic collapse. Mutterings of previous bands, part time DJs and singer songwriters all adds to the mystery of how the band was formed. Indeed it is unknown how many people are involved in the collective. While it is clear the band have worked hard on their sound it is important to note that underneath the production there are songs of real life, drawing their power from deep personal experience. Nothing is contrived. If you strip the songs down to the bones they will still get under your skin.
There is an honesty and an arrogance to the songs. This band have been through the mill and are not afraid to sing about it.
Lyrically, subjects touch on urban decay, self-destruction, institutional abuse, family feuds and falling in love with the wrong people. Their music gets into your head, moves you, takes you someplace familiar yet new.
Listen up. You’re going to fall hard for this band.
What the media say…
Columbia Mills can be described as “darker angrier sound than the aforementioned artists, combining the guitar attack of The Jesus And Mary Chain’s austere shoegaze and hints of synthpop into a sound the group themselves define as Indietronica” – Goldenplec.com
”The next big thing in music” – Brian Adams (Head of Music at Today FM) [in the Irish Times]
”A delicious melting pot of 80s and 90s influences and manages to sound both completely new and utterly familiar” – Ceol Collective.
Tickets are €12.50 inclusive of booking fee – available from ticketmaster.ie and outlets nationwide
– 50c per ticket service charge applies on phone, internet or creditcard bookings. Final ticket price may be higher from other outlets.
Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required
AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue (FREE ENTRY, 12am).