- 13 Jul 17
Hot Press speaks with Sylk ahead of their Whelan's headliner about DIY production, their favourite songs off the album and their plans for their next Georgian house party EP launch.
I met one half of up-and-coming duo Sylk, Bebhinn McDonnell, at the James Vincent Mcmorrow concert last Friday. She and a few friends posed for a Hot Press photo, arranging their hair in a cut out of Bellx1 and JVM and posing goofily. “She’s actually in a band. They're playing Whelan’s,” her blonde friend tells me as she collects her pint from the ground. Bebhinn shakes her head slightly and rolls her eyes, and if they had left right then, I might have thought her friend was just making a joke. Instead, Bebhinn jotted down Sylk’s website down for me, and I went home to give it a listen.
McDonnell (sound) and Taylor Doyle’s (vocals) debut EP, Nwyr, was released at the end of April— less than a year after the band officially got together. The music is dark, with an emphasis on experimental bass beats and gritty vocals from Doyle.
Sylk was formed in November of 2016 and has taken the Dublin electronic music scene by storm. Doyle tells me, “We were friends for a good few years, and we were trying to be in a band for like seven years, but we never got around to it. I’m from Clare, and I moved up to Dublin, and we were like, “Okay, let’s actually start a band.”