Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Dolores from Telephone Explosions find out more about them…
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
Telephone Explosions are Dolores Fogarty and Adrian Mee, based in Maynooth in Co. Kildare. We have been a couple for over 12 years, and married for 4. We met at a Morrissey gig in December 2004! Although we're both musicians, we had never collaborated on a project together until last year. I (Dolores) had to leave my previous band due to some health issues but wanted to continue making music in some way, so I roped Adrian in! The name is actually a quote from an old episode of The Simpsons. “Telephone Explosions” are a paranormal phenomenon mentioned in Bart’s book about UFOs.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Dolores: Then - Tori Amos, The Cranberries, Massive Attack, Blur, and Irish traditional. Now - Roisín Murphy, Cocteau Twins, Mazzy Star, The Breeders
Adrian: Then - Nirvana, R.E.M., Radiohead and various music teachers. Now - Cocteau Twins, Boards of Canada, Pan Sonic, Velvet Underground, Nick Drake, R.E.M.
How would you describe your sound?
A mixture of dream-pop and electronic with some industrial noise thrown in.
What’s your local music scene like?
The Dublin and Kildare independent music scene is quite exciting at the moment. There are amazing performers of all genres out there at the moment and some great promoters, we just need national radio to catch up! I think overall the scene is pretty inclusive. We're a couple of suburban parents making music in our spare time, and we've still been given a platform by critics and local radio stations.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We had planned a summer EP, however we've decided to go with a winter album instead! All going well, that'll be released in early 2018. We have a little recording setup in the spare bedroom, then we send our raw tracks to our producer Andrew Carroll who works his magic. As we work full-time and have a small child, this all takes place in little pockets of spare time! We're playing Electric Picnic as part of the Body&Soul stage on 1st September and plan to do a local gig or two before Christmas.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
John Cale, Mica Levi, Ilpo Väisänen. If we could get them all on the same track that would be interesting…
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Nothing mad has happened to us (yet!), but in my last band we had a 15 year old keyboard that would blare out a 90s dance track as the default sound when you turned it on. It often got pressed accidentally and was always hilarious (sorry Becca!).
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
It's never too late to get out there and do something. We didn't join a band or write a song til we were in our 30s and married with a mortgage! Be fearless.