- 03 Oct 19
Their debut album drops next week, and Tandem Felix is headed to Bello Bar to celebrate.
In celebration of the announcement of their debut album release date, Tandem Felix will be headlining Bello Bar in Dublin on 21 November 2019. The album, Rom-Com will be available on 10 October.
The Dublin-based alt-country group re-emerged in 2017 with 'Were You There (When They Crucified The Birthday Boy)?', which was nominated for the Choice Music Prize Song of the Year. They then opened for Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks at Dublin’s Vicar Street before joining Saint Sister on their 2018 Irish tour.
“I always viewed the idea of doing a full-length album on a pedestal, never feeling that I was truly ready to embark on a project like this," said chief songwriter David Tapley. "In a strange twist of fate, we ended up recording two albums worth of material so we were able to pare away at the material until what we had left was a cohesive piece of work.”
On the inspiration behind the album’s title, Tapley explains, “The album title was a natural fit. The songs that made the record represent the two poles of my identity, each one sitting somewhere on the ladder from idealist to clown, from romance to comedy.”
Coinciding with Rom-Com’s release, Tandem Felix will share the third single from the record, ‘Oil Money’, with the accompanying music video, directed by Ror Conaty.
“This track is a self-portrait of a weird time in my life," explains Tapley. "I was sad and scared, worrying about everything; money, health, breaking-up, working, everything. But I always thought that if I could just become a rich man all of this will sort itself out. I never really looked at myself or the root of these worries, but I knew that I just needed to strike oil, whatever that was. I never meant it to be a political song. I like that the title dangles that carrot, but I guess it actually is. I set out to tell one story, but in listening back to it, I hear something different now, something much greater and much more troubling.”
Rom-Com will be self-released on all digital platforms as well as on 12-inch vinyl record and features the 1984 illustration ‘Untitled’ by French surrealist Guy Billout as the album artwork.
Tickets will be available for the Bello Bar gig here for €13.50 inclusive of booking fee, from tomorrow at 9AM. Doors open at 8PM.