In Aid of Amnesty International
HOUSE OF DOLLS
The mixture of hypnotic guitars, mesmeric drums, bruising basslines and life affirming lyrics. This is House Of Dolls. This is everything. This is life and death.
Blitzkrieg guitars attack the senses from all sides. The pounding, tribal drums puncture the skin. The stacatto, overdriven basslines cajole the ears like a chemical cosh. Layered over this sonic maelstrom are plaintif, haunting vocals delivering infectious choruses that get straight into the bloodstream.
Banging out whomping funk originals, b-sides, rarities and a sprinkling of standards, The Candidates are tearing the roof off both suckers and mothersuckers all over Dublin. Get your chickeny ass down to our next gig and get funky with the people. Taking their lead from the great funk and soul sounds of the 60’s and 70’s
In 2008 guitarist and songwriter Danda Paxton asked Lydia Des Dolles to provide vocals on some songs he had written, and with the addition of Danda’ s brother Ruairi on bass and Donagh O’Brien on drums, the project evolved into Sweet Jane, and the recording of an EP ‘ Blackboots and Blackhearts’.
The EP was released to very positive reviews, and things developed more quickly when the band signed to Irish label Reekus at the end ‘ 09, together they released You’re Making This Hard, with Sweet Jane’ s own take on the Xmas classic Silent Night, brought a greatly increased media awareness of their music.
Their debut album Sugar for My Soul was released in Ireland July 2010, to superb reviews, and a slot at one of Europe’ s leading festivals, Oxegen that month. Their live set has been described as an energetic roller coaster of sleazy guitars, achingly sexy vocals, split between Lydia & Danda, and topped off with their trade mark ‘dream-pop rock ‘n roll’. Sweet Jane are in their element in the live arena and have been touring furiously throughout the UK and Ireland, gigging alongside Glasvegas, Black Rebel Motorcycle club, A Place to Bury Strangers, The Kills, White Lies, The Duke Spirit, and The Besnard Lakes, as-well as tour dates on Alan Mc Gee’s Death Disco.