Subplots are Phil Boughton and Daryl Chaney. Formed in 2007, the band released a string of singles and limited edition EPs before their debut album 'Nightcycles' was released in 2009. Following tour dates in Ireland, the UK and US in support of the release - the band began work on a follow up. Returning to live action in 2014, the band released two critically acclaimed singles 'Colourbars' and 'Future Tense' in the lead up to the release of their sophomore LP 'Autumning' in January 2015.
"'The aesthetic lies somewhere in the overlap between Radiohead, the National, and the Twilight Sad, and you’d do well to venture into that zone."
-Chris DeVille, Stereogum
From the first few seconds of the first track, Wave Collapse, you know that good times are ahead on Subplots’ second album. ...the likes of Future Tense, Colourbars, End of Print and Follower unfold with a singular grasp of subtle dynamics and unfussy melodies, part boldly commercial, part offbeat art-pop, and each of the highest order.
Tony Clayton-Lea, Irish Times
"Autumning – a very apt name considering the mellow, atmospheric music within – is an utterly captivating album that unfurls rather than explodes. There’s immense craft in the way the myriad of instruments coalesce – and the sophisticated textures never reel forced or contrived."
John Meagher, Irish Independent
"a nine-track collection of considered music that takes in electronic textures, razor-thin guitar lines, synth passages and falsetto; all set to a nuanced series of percussion and arranged with detail."
"Autumning is an album that builds its own place and ambience to occupy. Between the opening pulsing synth of ‘Wave Collapse’ to the final buzzing swirl of ‘Epilogue’ Subplots cover a broad spectrum of sound resulting in a record that feels like a complete self-contained experience when listened to from beginning to end."
The Last Mixed Tape
"The Scene was compelled to listen to this fascinating and engrossing album…repeatedly. Autumning unfolds beautifully on successive listens… these nine tracks house several unique WTF moments and atmospheres."
The Daily Star
"A deeply intriguing and often beautiful collection of songs."
The Sunday Times
"Having reared their head after a five-year absence back in June with the release of ‘Colourbars’ – one of our favourite tracks of the year, no less….The second single to be taken from the album, ‘Future Tense’ is an unravelling art-pop gem...three-and-a-half minutes of sonic majesty that ends too soon."
The Thin Air
**Recent Media Highlights**
- 'Future Tense' single premiere with Stereogum
- Live session and interview with RTE Radio One's Arena show
- 'Autumning' album premiere with Nialler9
- Two-page feature interview with 'Something for the Weekend', The Irish Sun
- 'Album of the week' on Newstalk 106 Breakfast Show
- 'Album of the Month' on TXFM's 'The Listening Post'
Subplots have played with Glass Animals, Foals, Luke Abbott, No Age, Field Music and Retribution Gospel Choir and have showcased at CMJ Festival in New York and Hard Working Class Heroes in Ireland.
Subplots released their debut album Nightcycles in 2009. Nightcycles was included in a number of 2009's albums of the year lists, including RTE Guides Top 9 of 2009, State.ie and Nialler 9's reader poll.