The Model is proud to present one of Ireland’s most intriguing fresh acts of 2013 to Sligo for an extraordinary night of visuals and electronic alternative beats.
Halves are an ambient/alternative/electronic band based in Dublin who last performed at Forbidden Fruits Festival in the heart of Dublin. ‘Boa Howl’ is the follow-up to Halves’ 2010 Choice Prize-nominated debut album ‘It Goes, It Goes (forever & ever)’, and sees the Irish trio return with a bolder, more experimental second offering. ‘Boa Howl’ features a mix of confident upbeat tracks side by side with slow experimental pieces, resulting in a cinematic, surreal journey over eleven songs. Guest vocals appear courtesy of Gemma Hayes, a fan of the band for some time. Canadian musician Elaine Kelly-Canning features on harp and added string performances come courtesy of local Swedish players. ‘Boa Howl’ refers to a summit on a mountain in China dubbed ‘White Boa Howl’, which the band felt captured, the surreal nature of the songs.
Halves compiles of Brian Cash, Elis Czerniak & Tim Czerniak. The trio blend a vast range of instruments, acoustic and electronic, to create an evocative, cinematic live experience. Their five releases to date have met with universal critical success, as well as earning them ardent fans from Tokyo to Seattle. Their live show is truly captivating; a mix of synched visuals, strings, brass, and electronics, anchored by soaring guitars and dual drummers. In 2009, Halves made their debut TV performance, topping the viewers’ choice poll on RTE’s ‘Other Voices’ series. More recently the band played at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin Texas, Eurosonic, Canadian Music Week and London Calling. Halves have supported the likes of British Sea Power, Mercury Rev, Low and PVT, and were nominated for the Choice Music Prize for their debut album.
Today Fm’s Dan Hegarty named ‘Boa Howl’ album of the week just last week also declaring it to be ‘Unofficial Halves Week’ on his show.
Tickets are available online at www.themodel.ie/music and are 15euro per person.
First reviews in:
Metro **** “A triumph”
Sunday Business Post ****
Halves will play several live shows in Ireland over the summer including a record-release live performance at Tower Records in Dublin on July 6th, a headline performance at The Button Factory on July 13th and Cypress Avenue, Cork on July 26th.