Graignamanagh, County Kilkenny
The Freakles formed in the heady Summer months of 2010 and played their first gig at an illegal rave on a mountainside. Having narrowly evaded arrest on that occassion the Freakles went on to release their debut ep as a free cassette tape which was ditributed amongst the needy music fans of Kilkenny at one of their early live shows. Mixing alternative rock and touching folk music with a smattering of electronic madness the band have recorded songs with choral ensembles on acoustic guitar and performed live with a 100 year old pedal organ wearing fairy light suits and blowing bubbles from strobe light top hats.The band finished as finalists in the 'Grab a Grand' competition on Today fm and were featured in HoPress magazine on a number of occassions most recently when chosen as finalists in a competition to appear on the cover .In 2013 the band released their debut itunes single 'Rebecca' which received airplay on Beat fm and the Paul Mcloone and Ian Dempsey show leading to a live broadcast with the breakfast show and a green room session on the Mcloone show which was broadcast every night for a week. The band played at Electric Picnic,at the Youbloom festival in Dublin and at the Hard Working Class Heroes series of events this year as well as playing support For Jerry Fish at the Harvest Festival in Waterford.
'You can be as wacky as you want but if you haven't got the songs your'e at nothing.These guys have the songs.'-Paul Mcloone
'The most interesting band on Irish Radio'- Tommy Farrell Beat 102-103
'Its hard to say what electronic sleaze folk is, but when you hear it you'll know'-Hot Press Magazine
'A Genius Video,Madder than a bag of Badgers in a Head Shop'-Rob O' Connor Beat 102-103 Choice Music Prize Judge.