Keith Moss & the Tightrope Walkers
Dublin, County Dublin
The Irish firebrands followed signing to the legendary Reekus Records by playing Electric Picnic on the back of a busy 2013 that has seen them awarded Hot Press 'Band of the Week', pick up airplay from Today FM's Paul McLoone Show and Radio Nova and debut album 'What Eludes You Moves You' receive rave reviews from the Mail on Sunday, Daily Mirror, Daily Star, Hot Press and Goldenplec among others. The album's launch coincided with a sold-out headline show at Dublin's Whelans. They've appeared live on RTE Radio 1 twice and in concert alongside Nanu Nanu, Oliver Cole, Cat Dowling, Mumblin' Deaf Ro, Elevens and The Statics.
"Highly-anticipated Dublin rockers Keith Moss & the Tightrope Walkers are releasing their debut album What Eludes You Moves You. The album is a collection of lyrical genius, sweet guitar riffs, neat electronic sounds and harmonies...The tracks have a summertime feel reminiscent of a mellow Weezer crossed with The Magnetic Fields"
- Daily Star
"Every so often an artist emerges whose music draws so many influences and spans so many genres that they defy classification. This often leads critics into a game of musical pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey. Just close your eyes, throw out your reference and hope it hits the right spot. Young Dubliner Keith Moss and his band the Tightrope Walkers are exactly this kind of act. On their brilliant debut What Eludes You Moves You, the band hurtles breathlessly through electronica, heavy rock and psychedelic pop on a deeply dark and thoughtful record. To properly illustrate the truly diverse nature of these striking newcomers, here is a short list of some of the artists they have been compared to thus far: Ian Curtis, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Depeche Mode, The Zombies, Traffic, The Divine Comedy, Randy Newman, Bernard Butler, Loudon Wainwright III, Weezer, The Magnetic Fields, Tears For Fears, The Doors, The Cure, REM, Smashing Pumpkins, Pixies, The Psychedelic Furs, Ron Sexsmith, The Shirelles, Syd Barrett, Nick Drake and "a stoned 'Weird' Al Yankovic". That one artist can be concurrently compared to so many is an astonishing feat. The blunt and brutal honesty of The Smiths is in fact a fairly accurate reflection of Keith Moss’ own lyrical leanings. What Moves You Eludes You takes the listener down the darkened underpass of disillusion, to a lightless world filled with corrupt politicians and an apathetic public.
It makes sense that an artist like Moss has found himself on the infamous Irish label Reekus Records. He fits in perfectly with the label’s other cult acts like Microdisney and The Blades"
- Daily Mirror
"The young Dubliner has been collecting plaudits by the bucketload and this taster for his debut album should add a few more notches to his critical bow"
- Hot Press EP review
"A thoughtful, intelligent writer of psychedelic pop, he’s a lithe performer of real potential...A voice to listen out for in the future"
- Hot Press live review
"Promising debut from Dublin alternative maverick - Keith Moss has a couple of fine EP releases to his credit. Now his debut album showcases a singularly intense artist - quirky and experimental but possessing a winning way with memorable melodies and some off-kilter twists and turns...The blissed-out psychedelic textures of 'Under The Sun's Light' recall early Pink Floyd, The Zombies and Traffic while the acoustic 'Fat Men Have To Eat' offers a commentary on corporate greed and demonstrates a satirical, Randy Newman-esque streak...'Sing To Be Saved' is more conventional and wouldn't sound out-of-place on a Depeche Mode or Tears For Fears album. A rewarding listen"
- Hot Press album review
“Not that it stops Keith Moss from grandstanding. A curious mixture of Bernard Butler and Loudon Wainwright III, Moss sings songs with titles almost as grandiose as his demeanour...He's an instinctive performer and someone to keep a judicious eye out for”
- Tony Clayton-Lea, The Irish Times
"Keith Moss is not easily pigeonholed and the Dublin singer-songwriter comes at you from a different angle on each of the songs on his debut...When he is aided and abetted by Nanu Nanu's Marc Aubele, the sound is synth-driven and he sounds like Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan. At other times he can sound like The Blades' Paul Cleary. A compelling box of delights. 4 stars"
- The Mail On Sunday
Martin Moran - Guitars
Keith Moss - Guitars, Lead Vocals
Elton Mullally - Bass, Backing Vocals
Paul Shanahan - Drums, Backing Vocals
|14 Dec 2013||20:00||Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2||Supporting: Cat Dowling|
|20 Dec 2013||20:00||The Thomas House, 86 Thomas Street, Dublin 8||Supporting: Elevens|