Irish band September Girls return with their new full-length 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 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.
The band’s 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), 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.
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