Dublin-based grunge-folk band Entheos will release their latest EP, entitled Where Creatures Meet on Sunday, September 30th in the Workman’s Club on Dublin’s Wellington Quay.
The first single from the EP, ‘Tend the Dark Flame’, was released on Friday, September 14th and is available for free download through the band’s Facebook page.
The six piece band are made up of Tipperary-born Brian Killoran on vocals, guitar and percussion, Dubliners Keith Walsh on lead guitar and mandolin and Enid Conaghan on violin, Conrad Coyle from Westmeath on bass, and Dubliners Des McCarthy on percussion and Mo Doris on backing vocals and flute.
Drawing on their roots in the gritty side of rock, contemporary folk, classical and traditional music, Entheos have created a grungy folk sound that is unique and consistently hard to define.
Once described as ‘what you might get from Alice in Chains jamming with Planxty’, the various musical influences of Entheos are blended together and infused with a strong percussive backbone.
Over the past few years, Entheos have made a name for themselves as an energetic and impressive live act. They have regular sets in Dublin, and have played in venues around Ireland, with a few select dates in Europe, most recently in Warsaw, Poland. They have played support to some of the biggest names in Irish music, including Damien Dempsey, Grada and Kila.
Describing the band’s style and influences, Brian Killoran said: “We all come from such different places musically. Some of us started out in metal, rock and punk bands, while Enid and Mo are classically trained musicians and Des is a percussionist who plays in samba, salsa and rock bands and teaches Afro-Cuban drumming. It’s a unique blend, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that it mightn’t work, but it does fit well together. We are always struggling to describe what it sounds like. Someone once called us ‘Grungy folksters’ so we are going with that for now.
“For us it’s about music with meaning, played with passion and enthusiasm , that’s where the name ‘Entheos’ comes from,” added Brian.
“We believe that’s an experience best attained through blending musical styles and influences and coming up with something that sounds new and fresh. It’s also something best experienced live, you can’t beat live music, and I think people are coming back to that realisation again.”
Following the launch of Where Creatures Meet Entheos will be gigging extensively - for information check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/entheosirl.