Life in the "Daphne in the Attic", tribe, began with the life of Mark Gus Charles Allen. Margus was one of the big attractions at Cork's prestigeous "Open Mic Night", sessions. These sessions ran from Monday to Sunday in the pubs and on the streets of Cork City. He was Paul Powers main man, and there was big plans for his future. You would find Marcus playing hits like "Pedro and the Wolf", and "I asked her to the Dance" every day in the likes of "Fredz" or "The Lv", giving it back to the country, you know. Mark soon became paranoid by the huge sucess he received from the nights and quickly left it all behind in a bid to start his own band and play his own music. He decided to hire every musician in Cork with the money he saved from the" Open Mic Night", sessions and 40 players later he found his 8- piece "Voodoo Swamp" and "Rockabilly Pop" and"Grunge Core", show band " Daphne & The Attic People" or "Daphne in the Attic" or "Daphne Says".
"When im not playing music im zooming around Cork in a transit chasing musicians, conspiring, muttering in the wing mirrors, arguing over imro, shouting at pedestrians, breaking laws and chain smoking all to the soundtrack of unfinished recordings and arbitrary contradicting diatribes."
"Mark Gus Charles Allen" (2011)
New review from Jackie Hayden of Hotpress!
On their "Bucket and Shovel", E.P Daphne in the Attic come on like a mongrel verison of The Doors-lite, Neil Hannon, The Pale, hillbilly blues and swamp-rock played on a shopful of instruments.
Indeed "Hey Hey Papa Joe" has a sinister Jim Morrison vibe and a solid folk rock beat that slips in a sleezy jazz feel whenever the fancy takes hold. "Peter and the Wolf", strides towards west coast (LA, not Lahinch!) exuding a dreamy hippieness that floats deliciously, not least in the vocal department. "The Holy Roller", is more uppity and exposes the folksier side of the Corkonian 5-piece and has a louche lead vocal, we could well do with more of.