- 21 Oct 22
The singer's powerhouse vocals echo the charisma of Freddie Mercury and George Michael, according to Hot Press.
Dublin singer-songwriter Shobsy is set to play a headline show at The Sound House in Dublin this weekend on Saturday, October 22.
Following the break-up of his acclaimed band State Lights, Shobsy has established himself as a promising solo act, with his first two solo singles 'Vanity' and 'Driven' being described as sounding like a love child between The Weeknd and '80s icons A-ha, with the sparkle of Christine and the Queens.
The singer's powerhouse vocals, mixed with his skillful use of pulsing synth, classic melodies, and dreamy production, make him a unique act in the Irish scene.
"Lyrically, the song deals head-on with the concept of vanity and self-obsession in an age where social media becomes an increasingly integral part of our lives," Shobsy said about his single 'Vanity' earlier this year, which was accompanied by a glamorous music video.
His second solo offering 'Driven' is another genre-blending pop phenomenon, featuring soaring falsetto and a knack for fusing contemporary and classic soundscapes to produce modern takes on '80s pop.
"Driven is a song inspired by the feeling of being toyed with by someone you have fallen in love with," the singer-songwriter explained. "It captures the mood of the crossover where sexual tension meets true commitment. In the song the character is being tortured by their love interests lack of clarity, with what they truly want."
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Shobsy played on RTÉ’s Late Late Show in April, where he performed a raw acoustic cover of the Jimmy Somerville classic 'Smalltown Boy', in honour of Aidan Moffitt and Michael Snee following their homophobic murders in Sligo. The sublime performance went viral, reaching over 100k views in 12 hours.
Shobsy also sold out his first solo headline shows with MCD at Whelan’s Upstairs and The Workman’s Club and toured as support guest with RTÉ Choice Music Prize nominees Soda Blonde earlier this year. He later recorded a version of 'Bittersweet Symphony' with the 23 piece RTÉ Concert Orchestra during the summer for RTÉ's flagship music programme The Main Stage.
State Lights, the four-piece pop rock band from Dublin, enjoyed success with their stadium-sized anthems, including appearances at Electric Picnic and on The Late Late Show, as well as international airplay on KROQ in the States and Radio X in the UK.
Get tickets to Shobsy at The Sound House on Saturday, October 22, 2022 here.
Watch the music video for 'Vanity' below.