- 23 Jun 21
Tuath are an experimental rock collective based in the northwest of Ireland, known for their expanding & contracting lineup and heady audio-visual presence.
Donegal band Tuath have shared their psychedelic, new-wave-influenced EP 'Research and Development' - with 'Mountains and Grooves' standing out as a highlight.
Steady on their path of critiquing laissez-faire and surveillance capitalism; the Robert Mulhern-fronted outfit have continued to focus on the socioeconomic concerns of the day.
‘Mountains and Grooves’ is a woozy, offbeat duet featuring Lunch Machine frontwoman/songwriter and partner Jude Barriscale. The track asks the tongue-in-cheek question, "What if duets were ever so slightly more suggestive and exploratory? But more importantly, more psychedelic”.
Channelling cultural theorist Mark Fisher’s theory of ‘the slow cancellation of the future’ that’s been happening since around 1994, the phenomenon of hauntology - a look at lost progressive futures that once looked possible - and the spirit of Adam Curtis’ truth-searching latest series, Can’t Get You Out Of My Head; Tuath's 'Research and Development' EP is a unique musical experience.
Spurred on by an attempt to confront his ADHD, which had previously manifested as “formlessness and unfinished ideas that built up like a plaque until recently”, Mulhern managed to transform this into a period of intense focus, whereby new influences and approaches to creation could be absorbed.
Presenting high-brow concepts through the low-brow medium of rock music, Tuath's '80s-recalling post-new wave sound alludes to the likes of Orange Juice and Julian Cope.
Tuath’s recent single ‘That Looks Like A Good Spot For Some Luxury Apartments’ was a paranoid, pointed critique of the ideologies underpinning capitalism - the "revival/reboot" loop and the system that is consuming us, our culture, and our natural world.
"All protests against the system are commodified and used as part of the system to suppress culture. It’s why people who hadn’t heard of the Ramones were wearing Ramones t-shirts from Penney’s women’s section, and conversely the gatekeeping side-effect; all the while, the cynical machine hilariously make fun of us all while it grinds us into a subservient paste," Mulhern tells us.
"The manufacturing of consent has made it so that during this process the cost of houses going up is seen as a sign of a good economy but what it really means is we are being robbed more effectively and with greater cynicism than before while the engineering behind the homeless crisis gets more efficient.
The knocking down of prominent venues in Dublin to construct more hotels is a classic example. Galway being turned into one large Airbnb complex, for another, plus foreign investment firms buying up newly-erected estates with the help of Government.
“"I just feel like we need to revolt against capitalism before cultural change happens. Unfortunately, as Mark Fisher said: ‘it’s easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism’”.
Tuath often perform with self-built instrumentation and Sega Mega Drive MIDI manipulation, creating a singular blend of psychedelia, trip-hop, shoegaze, noise and krautrock that draws from Irish identity and frequently the language itself.
Listen to 'Mountains and Grooves' below: