Dublin, County Dublin
Autre Monde are a band from Dublin who traverse the boundaries of art-rock, electro-pop and post-punk. Formed by Paddy Hanna, Padraig Cooney, Eoghan O'Brien and Mark Chester in 2017, their debut album The Imaginary Museum is due out on Strange Brew in early 2020.
The first single taken from the record, Fever in May, was released in May and its follow-up On the Record will emerge in the autumn. Put together over several sessions with Girl Band's Daniel Fox, the album's 9 songs mark a definitive statement. It is a predominantly dark record, dotted with moments that are islands of purest pop in the icy sonic sea.
Though new as a collaborative enterprise, Autre Monde is made up of acclaimed writers and record-makers who have attained cult followings as members of the Popical Island collective and acts like Ginnels, Land Lovers, Skelocrats, No Monster Club and, indeed, Paddy Hanna.
In 2017, they produced an initial salvo of 4 singles and an EP, including the feted Village of Loomers (#6 on The Thin Air's Best Songs of 2017) and New Recruit (#20 on Nialler9's Irish Songs of 2017). I Want My Enemies to Prosper was featured on TV's Made in Chelsea, to boot.
"Without the faintest shadow of a doubt, Dublin quartet Autre Monde are one of the very best bands in the country at the minute." - The Thin Air
"The band’s first song, ‘Customs’ is a delight" - Nialler 9
"The immediate sophistication of Autre Monde’s sound demonstrates that this is a band with immense talent" - State.ie
"Autre Monde [have] chosen some of the most esoteric of early 1980s guitar music to mine: Television, ESG, Suicide and The Slits among them. So far, they are conjuring a fresh sound out of well-worn strings" - The Irish Times