Clonakilty, County Cork
Raised as a one-parent one-child family in rural Flanders in the north of France, Lauren Guillery grew up to be an independent young person whose father’s appreciation for rockabilly and surf rock helped shape her love for music. A self-taught musician, Lauren immersed herself listening to American bands Sonic Youth, Mudhoney and Nirvana as a teenager – a music soundtrack that would become the basis for her songwriting in later years.
Armed with a red guitar and an unstoppable attitude, she relocated to Dublin in early 2000 and powered her way through the open-mic circuit and onto the stages of some of Ireland’s most prestigious clubs. Her performances are full of confidence as she delivers her songs with an ‘I dare you’ stare as she hammers away at her guitar. Her voice is instantly arresting, a blend of Tori Amos and Kate Bush but with a built-in rock snarl that demands you stop and listen. Her debut four track EP aptly entitled ‘Listen’ was released in 2007 and delivered insidious melodies, building rock crescendos and raw passion.
Lauren was awarded ‘Best International’ at the inaugural Balcony TV awards and toured Ireland with rhythm section The Claws (Barry O'Donovan and Paddy Mulreid) opening for acts such as Norwegian post-punk outfit Ungdomskulen and Irish post rockers God Is An Astronaut. With a fiery guitar sound reminiscent of early 90’s grunge era, chunky bass lines and steadfast drumming, the outfit not only offered its angry pop with an odd slice of blues and breathy Gallic vocals; the songs were quirky and catchy and their live performances delivered with such intensity, rawness and arse-kicking that front woman Lauren Guillery was compared to a ‘rock queen’ and ‘rock goddess’ by gig promoters and punters alike. Over the years, she has performed at various Irish music festivals including Clonakilty International Guitar Festival, the Electric Picnic and Castlepalooza.
Her forthcoming album recorded at Experimental Audio in Dublin is due for release in May 2018. It has been a very long time in the making, Lauren having relocated to West Cork to focus on college studies. But she is excited to finally uncover a collection of songs that are full of energy and blend grungy guitar riffs with upbeat drumming and disco bass lines with dreamy saxophones.
‘Deliciously grungy’ – LECOOL
‘Very fresh and exciting’ – HOTPRESS
‘Absolutely excellent’ - GOLDENPLEC
|25 May 2018||21:00||DeBarras, Clonakilty, Main Street, Clonakilty, Cork||Album launch|