- 08 Sep 21
Watch Cruel Sister's engaging set on the Y&E Series below – supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.
Up-and-coming Dublin artist Cruel Sister rocked the Y&E Series last night, blending shoegaze, indie rock and punk in a lovely concoction.
The first part of the set leaned more towards the former genre, with influences from the likes of My Bloody Valentine clear to see. Her bass-driven opener offered up an atmospheric sound that suited the somewhat acoustic setting.
On the next tune, 'Bad Fairies', the almost goth-rock vibes continued, with a moody and engaging energy.
Her My Bloody Valentine influences then became more explicit with a great cover of their 1988 song 'Lose My Breath'. Cruel Sister's version was a faithful rendition but was also packed with her own unique flair.
Showcasing her versatility as an artist, for the second half of the show, she swapped out her bass for an electric guitar– which she cheerfully explained had a strap attached to it that she's owned since she was just 14.
This part of the night also contained her two released singles, 'My Forever' and 'Too Much'. The former song brought the 90's alternative rock vibes with a grungy motif and angsty vocals.
Similarly, 'Too Much', which will appear on her upcoming debut EP, contained head-banging riffs and emotional lyrics that our frontwoman said was based on an awful breakup.
Cruel Sister showed throughout the whole set what a unique artist she is – genre-hopping and blending different types of alternative music, displaying plenty of promise for the future.
Revisit Cruel Sister's performance last night below:
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Up next on the Y&E Series:
Wednesday, September 8: CURTIS WALSH
Having clocked up over 15 million streams of his debut EP, Breathe, Curtis Walsh is a serious star-in-the-making. Increasingly drawing creative inspiration from the likes of Bon Iver and Jon Hopkins, the Dublin artist continues to expand his approach to songwriting and production – as showcased on his latest single 'Picture Perfect'. Stay tuned for more music on the way later this year...
Thursday, September 9: MATTHEW HARRIS
Having established himself as a remarkable force in Irish music through his collaborations with Malaki, Matthew Harris has stepped into the spotlight as a solo artist this year. Drawing influence from the likes of James Blake, Brockhampton and Arlo Parks, the Dublin-based artist also releases his production-based work under the moniker CHAMELEON – including a recent collaboration with Lucy McWilliams on 'YOU KNOW'.
Friday, September 10: JESSICA HAMMOND
Fast becoming one of the brightest new voices in Irish music, Jessica Hammond has enjoyed a productive few months – with the release of two solo singles, 'Champagne' and 'Video Call', as well as a collaboration with Kyle Meehan, 'Guilty Of Your Love'. The latter track has already clocked up nearly 1.8 million streams on Spotify alone. The Belfast-based artist has also worked alongside some of the UK's top producers and writers, and has earned a coveted spot on the Paragon Records roster.
Saturday, September 11: CARRIE BAXTER
Waterford's Carrie Baxter has been widely tipped as one of the most thrilling emerging forces in Irish music, following the release of her soulful debut EP, Placebo, last year. Now, after a selection of acclaimed singles and collaborations, the London-based rising star is set to return with her follow-up EP, What Now, on October 22. 'Something In The Water', the first single from the eagerly anticipated anticipated project, is out now.
Keep an eye on hotpress.com and our social media platforms for more information...