Since their debut on the music scene in 2009, one thing that everybody has been able to agree on about Ireland’s No Monster Club is… well… nothing, really.
Their music has been variously referred to as “garage rock” (Austin Town Hall), “no bullshit pop” (Tiny Mix Tapes), “jangle-thrash” (My Old Kentucky Blog) , “ lo – fi tropical surf – pop ” ( Nialler9), “ bedroom indie” (Impose Magazine), “sugary art pop” (Gimme Tinnitus), “new wave-y indie rock” (Brooklyn Vegan), “like am stripped-down, sugar high Pet Sounds” (NYLON Magazine) and even “a bit like Girl Talk” (Vice Magazine).
What began as the solo project of Bobby Aherne (aka Sir Bobby Jukebox) has now settled as a trio, with deadbeat effervescent their first full band album since 2013’s Foie Gras – and their first release of any kind since 2016’s Where Did You Get That Milkshake? 7” EP (hailed by legendary Nirvana biographer Everett True as “pure and wonderful”).
In their homeland, they’ve been lauded as “a leading light in domestic DIY music for nigh on a decade” (Totally Dublin) and for exhibiting “the kind of tunefulness that makes a joke of so much contemporary pop music” (The Irish Times). Stateside, they’ve cut their teeth on two separate tours of basements and dive bars from Milwaukee to NYC – as well as appearing on the likes of ‘The BJ Rubin Show’ (MNN), ‘Chic-a-GoGo’ (CAN-TV), ‘Phoning It In’ (KDVS), and ‘Prove It All Night! with Pat Byrne’ (WFMU). Their cult status was recently cemented with fond mentions in books by acclaimed humorists John Hodgman and James Acaster.
Comfortably sitting in the cross-section of the Venn diagram containing Bubblegum Pop, New Wave and Elephant 6-style Indie Rock, deadbeat effervescent is filled with a delightful, uplifting peppiness that couldn’t have arrived at a more appropriate, badly needed moment in time. Aherne dreamt up the guts of the record while living in subtropical Brisbane, Australia – before writing and recording sessions with Tim Falcon Prime (drums) and Mark Chester (guitar) in the stormy Irish seaside village of Ballybunion.
The album also features star turns from Australian brass player Kelly O’Donohue, Russian violinist Peter Voronov, and Barbadian steel-pannist Cherise Thorne. It was mixed by Gilla Band’s Daniel Fox and mastered by Richard Dowling (S Club 7, Kylie Minogue).
The glam-pop stomp of the album’s opening track, ‘Waterfight!’ lays the groundwork for the album – a playful call to arms, drenched in nostalgia and framed by a bittersweet, ever-fading connection to one’s younger self. On the album’s first single ‘Save the Circus’, Aherne uses the Circus as a metaphor to lament noteworthy places being left to rot and crumble – a timely nod to his home city’s ongoing housing and infrastructural crisis. Later on the album, the sardonic chorus of ‘Case by Case Basis’ was inspired by the singer’s transglobal relationship and hellish experiences with visa applications and bureaucratic red tape.
SOURCE: Official Bio
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