Formed in 2010 by husband and wife team Annie Tierney (Chicks, The Radio, sister of Mik Pyro from Republic of Loose) and Padraig O’ Reilly (Yeh Deadlies), and later joined by Ruan and Ian from Squarehead and assorted other Popical pals, Tieranniesaur have fast become “one of the country’s most well-loved new bands” - Harmless Noise.
Tieranniesaur’s Choice Music Prize nominated debut album received rave reviews
upon its release in July 2011 and topped many critics’ and readers’ end of year poles. More recently it was named as one of the Best Irish Albums of State Magazine’s lifetime.
The band played storming sets at Electric Picnic and too many other Irish festivals to mention ("Hot damn. The funkiest and most fun set at the Picnic.” - Nialler9, Best Acts at EP
“The best sets at Electric Picnic” - Golden Plec) and were lucky enough to play alongside their heroes Tom-Tom Club and Chic.
2012 also saw the band set sail to the UK, where the NME enthused that they were “currently crushing on the ace Tieranniesaur”.
There music has been used on TV shows such as RAW, and singles have received regular radio play.
Tieranniesaur is a genre straddling troupe that’s part old-school Euro Disco, part Afro-Pop and part Riot Grrl vitriol, an infectious mix of sincerity and Hip-Pop swagger.
About Popical Island
The band are founding members of Dublin DIY music collective Popical Island whose motto of Be Sound And Be Around has seen them “fast becoming the go-to label for new music...a mini-scene that chucks out great song after great song” - A Layer Of Chips
“An adorable cottage industry” - NME
“It's hard to imagine the Irish underground without it.” - Hot Press
Nominees: Choice Music Prize 2012
#1 – Nialler9: Irish Albums of 2011
#1 – The Ticket: Ailbhe Malone: Breakthrough act of the year
#1 – The Ticket: Ailbhe Malone: Irish act of the year
#1 – The Ticket: Jim Carroll: Irish act of the year
#2 - Dan Hegarty: Irish Album of the year
#2- Nialler9: Readers’ Poll Top Irish Albums of 2011
#3 – The Ticket: Ailbhe Malone: Albums of the year
#6 – Nialler9: Readers’ Poll New Artists of 2011
#6 – The Ticket: Jim Carroll: Albums of the year
#8 – Harmless Noise: Top 20 Albums
#9 – Nialler9: Readers’ Poll Top 25 Irish Songs of 2011
#13 – entertainment.ie: Albums of the Year
#16 – Nialler9: Readers’ Poll Top 25 Irish Songs of 2011
#19 – State: Albums of 2011
Irish Times Album of the week
“A rough-edged, footloose, polish-free party jam...personality to burn, one seriously massive bassline...a wildly effective mood-enhancer” - Hot Press
First single Sketch! featured in Nialler9’s “Best songs of 2010” and the subsequent single Here Be Monsters garnered plaudits and regular radio play up to the present moment.
Sketch!: “The best song written by woman or man on this planet this year.” - Newswhip.ie
Here Be Monsters: “Its dynamics are masterful — the stilled, bass-heavy tension of the beginning is let out in bursts: animal cries that become disco strings and a full-band breakdown.” 9/10 Katherine St Asaph, - The Singles Jukebox
“Tieranniesaur have turned out to be everything we hoped they would be. We once again have to marvel how one small group of like-minded souls has continued to produce such stunning music. God bless the fucking lot of them.” - Phil Udell, State Magazine
“Tieranniesaur’s stock-in-trade is superb, leftfield, disco-not-disco pop. The more you listen to what the now six-strong Tieranniesaur have produced, the more you’re seduced. The songs are idiosyncratic and infectious, but contain big, hefty, bubblegum pop hooks.” Jim Carroll, The Irish Times
“We’ve only recently discovered the wonderful Tieranniesaur but they’re fast becoming one of our favourite new bands.” - Wears the Trousers Blog
Praise for Live Tieranniesaur:
"Funky like a New York City block party... one of the best Irish acts doing the pop thing at the moment." - Jim Carroll, Irish Times.
“There ain’t no party like a Tieranniesaur party” - Elaine Buckley, State Magazine
"Hot damn. The funkiest and most fun set at the Picnic.” - Nialler9, Best 15 Acts at EP