Halves - Boa Howl Album Launch

Saturday 13th July HALVES

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Dublin band Halves make their first headline appearance in Dublin since 2011 with the launch of their brand new album Boa Howl in The Button Factory on Saturday July 13th. On top of the new tracks, the band will be delivering a brand new live setup for the show. Support on the night comes from Overhead, The Albatross & Bantum.

BOA HOWL IS RELEASED JULY 5th ON HATEISTHEENEMY. Featuring guest appearances from Gemma Hayes and Canadian harpist Elaine Kelly-Canning.

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. Musically, the album was inspired by a wide range of influences – from The Flamingos and Joe Meek, to Clouddead, to traditional Malian music and the 1950s orchestral arrangements of Gordon Jenkins.

Recorded over two weeks at Svenska Grammofon Studion in Gothenberg, and produced by Halves themselves, Boa Howl was created with the use of a vast collection of instruments, amps and vintage microphones. Eleven songs were recorded live on 2" reel-to-reel tape by Oskar Lindberg, Gyorgy Barocsai and Halves' live engineer Ciaran Mangan. The album was recorded using the infamous Neve analog mixing console previously owned by Queen and used by the likes of Johnny Cash and Aretha Franklin.

One of Ireland's most intriguing acts, Halves is 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 twice at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin Texas to great response, and have also played 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.

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, The Model Arts Centre in Sligo on July 20th, Bourke's, Limerick on July 25th, Cypress Avenue, Cork on July 26th and a show at the Forbidden Fruit festival.

Boa Howl will be released nationwide on July 5th 2013 through HATEISTHEENEMY Records on CD, deluxe gatefold vinyl (includes free mp3 download), and digital.





Tickets €10 including booking fee from Ticketmaster


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  • Dave C.

    Well 'Overhead, the Albatross' were predictably noisily brilliant; soaring guitars, keys, cranked-up bass, great way to start the night, except for.....Halves were so 'avant garde' after; very complex rhythms, changes, melodies (reminded me of Múm at times ) so it was hard to settle in to it; quite a lot of chatting amongst the crowd ensued (sometimes a hazard of a launch gig anyway), but it was worth it for the rare moments of brilliance that sparkled occasionally like stars in a misty sky.

    July 14, 2013

  • Peter

    We are inside to the right of the sound desk

    July 13, 2013

  • Ray D.

    Hi everyone, let's meet outside the Button Factory at about 8. If you can't make it for that time I'll meet you inside. My number is[masked] if you need it. See you later.

    July 13, 2013

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