Singular Artists proudly presents
Whelan’s Main Venue • Thur 23rd November 2023
On Friday, June 23rd, Tandem Felix releases ‘There’s a New Sheriff in Town’, the first single and titular track from their self-released second album, due October 20th, 2023. There’s a New Sheriff in Town follows Rom-Com, the critically acclaimed 2019 debut from the Dublin-based project of David A. Tapley.
Along with the album announcement and single release, Tandem Felix shares details of their album launch at Whelan’s Dublin on November 23, 2023.
Speaking about ‘There’s a New Sheriff in Town’, Tapley describes it as “a song that contains a somewhat unreliable narrator speaking about things that are slightly similar to their life but not exactly. It’s a good representation of the album because a lot of the songs share that perspective.” It demonstrates a progression not only in Tandem Felix’s sound but Tapley’s portrayal of personal experiences across his astute songwriting.
Tapley says of his lyrical approach to Tandem Felix’s latest offering, “When I listen back to Rom-Com, it’s funny to hear how much of an idealistic fool I was. The songs on There’s a New Sheriff in Town are a lot more embittered, more jaded. I wanted to make the songs world-weary. That’s how it came together initially, although lyrically nothing was intentional, so to speak. I tend to save that for the music-side of things instead of the words. The words just happen, or at least, I let them happen.”
He continues, “I think I have a kind of brief for myself everytime I do a musical project,” Tapley considers. “With Rom-Com, I wanted to make the most colourful record possible so there’s lots of poppy sounds, weird sound effects and splashes. It even goes down to the artwork, which is a cartoon. There’s a New Sheriff in Town’s artwork that also reflects the mood of the songs; everything’s gotten a little darker.”
Collaborating once again with Stephen Dunne in their Dublin studio Porto Bello, Tapley notes the importance of this “symbiotic working relationship” – which, outside of Tandem Felix, has seen them produce Neil Dexter’s 2022 debut album I’ll Be Ready – by saying, “I need Stephen around to make Tandem Felix music. I need him around for his psychological detail and his ability to picture the songs in his head as finished pieces which is something that I’m not able to do. He’s able to visualise the finished product a lot better than I am and keep steering me towards that image.”
The dynamic tonal palette and textural details that characterise There’s a New Sheriff in Town, written and recorded between 2020 and 2022, can be heard on the title track which heralds a new direction for Tandem Felix’s sonic sensibilities. This renewed approach saw Tapley welcoming a number of guest contributions such as B.J. Cole (who played pedal steel on Elton John’s ‘Tiny Dancer’), Ian Romano (Daniel Romano) and Joseph Shabason (Destroyer, The War on Drugs), each of whom add rich flourishes to Tandem Felix’s multi-faceted rock arrangements.
Tandem Felix’s new single, ‘There’s a New Sheriff in Town’ will be available on all streaming platforms from Friday, June 23rd.
PRAISE FOR TANDEM FELIX’S DEBUT ALBUM, ROM-COM:
“Drôle and dour, Tapley’s wit and melodies capture our lowest moments and remind us that if you’re not already crying, you may as well laugh.” THE IRISH TIMES (4 / 5 REVIEW)
“Rom-Com is a breezy album filled with hazy, psych stained alt-country anthems…confidently assertive in the mellow comfort that pervades each laidback chorus and effervescent melody.” NIALLER9
“Some records are just a pleasure to listen to, Rom-Com is one such record. There’s a clear love of the craft of songwriting and joie de vivre behind Tandem Felix’s debut that is undeniable and results in an album that is as welcoming to listen to as sitting down to read your favourite well-leafed through novel.” THE LAST MIXTAPE (9 / 10 REVIEW)
“The bands and artists they recall – Wilco, the more countrified Jayhawks stuff, hints of R.E.M., Gram Parsons perhaps, Neil Young circa Harvest or the Beck of Sea Change…but their version of west coast music had more of a sense of play about it” – The Guardian
“Specialising in gorgeous washes of gently psychedelic keys and sun-splashed American West Coast melodies. Their EP, ‘Comma’ is a dream.” – NME
“Undoubtedly experimentalists, the overall production quality is impressive and does not falter, not even for the briefest spell.” – Golden Plec
€16.66 available online from Whelan’s – €1 per ticket service charge applies.
Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required.
AFTER THE SHOW
Whelan’s Silent Disco from 10:30pm – 2 DJs, just pick the one you like best (€5 cover charge), plus Late Bar.