Announce New Album Age of Indignation
Due out on Fortuna POP! on 8 April 2016
Watch Video For “Love No One” Directed By September Girls’ Guitarist Jessie Ward O’Sullivan
SXSW Shows in March
UK + IRL Tour Dates In April/May (see below)
Dublin quintet September Girls return with an impassioned musical and political statement in their new album Age of Indignation, a title that succinctly sums up its inherent anger and restless dissatisfaction. The ten tracks bristle with atmospheric textures and dark-hearted noise, tackling complex subject matter such as feminism, religion and life in Ireland at this point in history along the way. The band head to SXSW in March and embark on a UK/IRL tour in April and May.
Lead single “Love No One” comments on the vacuousness of modern society, mourning a narcissist’s inability to see true beauty. The video for the track was premiered via Brooklyn Vegan and sees September Girls step into the shoes of powerful female figures inspired by Irish mythology. With a nod to visual directors such as Jodorowsky and Argento, the lighting and production design create an atmospheric realm suited to the densely layered track.
September Girls guitarist Jessie Ward O’Sullivan directed the video with the assistance of the incredible team of DOP Simon O’Neill, with Cormac Walsh and Braun Junior on additional camera and production assistance. As well as starring in the video, the band members lend their talents with costume design by Caoimhe Derwin, hair by Paula Cullen and props by Lauren Kerchner and Sarah Grimes.
Formed in Dublin in 2011 and named after the Big Star song (by way of The Bangles), September Girls share songwriting and vocal duties amongst each of the band members. They comprise Paula Cullen on bass,Caoimhe Derwin and Jessie Ward O’Sullivan on guitar, Lauren Kerchner on keys and drummer Sarah Grimes, who debuts her first composition for the band with the closing track “Wolves”. Oliver Ackermann from A Place To Bury Strangers contributes vocals to “Jaw on the Floor”.
Age of Indignation follows September Girls’ debut Cursing the Sea (2014), an album that enjoyed considerable critical acclaim from the likes of The Guardian, The Fly, NME, The Sunday Times, The Observer and Uncut amongst others, with Time Magazine naming them as one of the 11 best new bands in the world. Since then the band have played slots at SXSW and CMJ as well as UK festivals such as Beacons, Great Escape, and Liverpool Psych Fest, not to mention a mobbed show in Berwick Street for Record Store Day. In late 2014 the band released a four-track EP Veneer, building on the foundations of Cursing the Sea and anticipating Age of Indignation, as they headed down a darker path.
As opposed to their debut album, which was recorded mainly at home, Age of Indignation was recorded at Dublin’s Orphan Studios, lending it a more assured, powerful sound. Brutally honest and brilliantly realised, Age of Indignation is a masterful album from a band confident enough to leave their influences behind. Still retaining the swirling psychedelia and intensity of their debut, this time round they are tighter and more controlled, whilst underneath something much darker and urgent is at work. This is music at its most riveting and atmospheric.
March 15th – 19th : SXSW, TX, USA
April 15th : Grand Social, Dublin
April 16th : Cyprus Avenue, Cork
April 29th: Laverys, Belfast
May 15th: Arts Club Loft, Liverpool, UK
May 16th: O2 ABC2, Glasgow UK
May 17th: O2 Academy 3, Birmingham, UK
May 18th: O2 Academy 2, Oxford, UK
May 19th: O2 Academy 2 Islington, London, UK
May 20th: Full Moon, Cardiff, UK
(more to be announced)
“An ominous amphetamine-fueled dirge full of screeching guitars, metronomic basslines, and cooly detached vocals.” Pitchfork
“This is shard-filled, reverb-drenched noise-pop at its most riveting and atmospheric.” The Sunday Times
“Their songs are dreamy and poppy but have an understated gothic essence.” The Guardian
“Embittered and angry definitely suits September Girls.” NME
“Something sleek and sinewed runs through their songs that gives urgency to the noisy haze.” The Observer
“Like a less malevolent Jesus and Mary Chain.” – Financial Times
“This visceral and ultimately cathartic track whets our appetites for more music from the band.” The Line of Best Fit