Cork, County Cork
“A machine vast, complicated, with a multitude of far-reaching arms...carrying out mysterious and long-drawn processes of shaping and moulding...”
- Patrick Pearse, The Murder Machine, 1914
"The Murder Machine" was released on May 1st 2014 with the official launch in Coughlans (May 8th) and Whelans, upstairs (June 8th). It's inspired by Patrick Pearses book of the same title and explores the many arms of the murder machine from a personal, political and philosophical perspective.
Songs are inspired by Wikileaks (The Whistleblower), the corporatisation of our world (Control Inc.), famine past and present (Sometimes) and grinders in personal relationships (On The Wheel). Some explore empathy (Cruel, The Politician), consumer effects on the Third World (Distant Drum), and the 1913 Lockout/modern sweatshop abuses (The Soldier).
Title track uses lines from Pearses book, samples from the bankers tapes from last year, Vincent Browne in full flight and Bertie Ahern on the steps of Dail Eireann, mixed with layered harmonies and percussive guitar. We use a loop station to create the song live and have visuals for this and many of the songs on the album.
-- “A really original sound...an intriguing collaboration for sure.” - Claire Devaney, Insert Title, 16/4/14
-- “We’re very much liking ‘The Murder Machine’, a brooding title number...” - Stuart Clarke, Free Music Thursday, Hot Press, 17/4/14
-- “An interesting and unusual song...they’ve used snippets of the text from Pádraig Pearse’s 1914 essay ‘The Murder Machine’... [and] also includes modern-day sound-bites, painting a sound-picture of an Ireland swathed in corruption, still offering up its young to an indifferent imperial ruling class a hundred years after Pearse’s essay.” - David Nelligan, Hundred Years Late, 24/4/14
-- "Yearning Curve’s seductive fusion of jazz and pop makes for an enticing debut EP. ‘Blonde on the Inside’ features four charming original tunes..." - Chordblossom, 14/10/13, Conor Reid
-- "Deliciously sultry 'n' jazzy new EP" - Hot Press Free Music Friday, 2/8/13, Stuart Clarke
-- "Opening track, Lean Lightly was initially released last March. A smooth mellow number that sees Flood's vocals soar effortlessly alongside a smoky trumpet, it opens with the arresting line: "Even Lady Gaga sometimes feels like a loser. Wakes up in her outfit from the night before." Stuck and Multi Me are gently strummed low-key slices of kitchen sink soul featuring warm electronic undercurrents."
Evening Echo, 4/7/13, Don O'Mahony
-- “winding their strangely eclectic mix of tunes...The duo have a charming stage presence, Bairbre, [...] singing their quirky songs with a beautiful, pure folk voice which suits their various genres well.” - Vick Guns, Medicine Sessions, 15/4/13
-- Musician.ie with Ivan O’Donoghue, 29/4/14 - http://musician.ie/yearning-curve/
-- Chordblossom 11/4/13 - chordblossom.com/introducing/introducing-48-yearning-curve
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