Forget Daft Punk. Forget Enya. The Stasi are the new soundtrack to your collective existential crisis. Think big guitars, whiskey stained vocals and smart songs that linger in the mind like last night’s indiscretions.
Founding members Caoimhe Connolly and James Walmsley spent the best part of a year honing material, playing private shows for friends and late night house guests before holing up in Ravensdale Studios to record in the last days of 2017.
The self-produced tracks are mastered by Led Zepplin, Rolling Stones and The Who producer Jon Astley (no relation to Rick).
On the bass is Jonny Jude and on drums Sean Connolly (he IS a relation -to Caoimhe, not Rick). The boys were torn kicking and screaming from their usual instruments – guitar and bass respectively – to lay down a hefty, straight-up rhythm section.
The Stasi will begin touring with this line-up this summer.
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INDIVIDUAL BAND BIOS …
James Walmsley (Guitars, Vocals) toured the world as frontman for cult comedy rock band Dead Cat Bounce. He made numerous TV appearances in Australia, Canada, UK and Ireland and starred in the multi-award winning feature film Discoverdale. (http://www.discoverdale.com/) His 2016 solo album ‘A Little Wisdom’ released under the moniker Black Wing Bird was picked as one of GoldenPlec’s hidden pleasures. (https://www.goldenplec.com/featured/hidden-pleasures-2/)
Caoimhe Connolly (Vocals, Guitar, Bass) works as a Creative Producer for Festivals + live TELE when she’s not on the microphone. She’s co-founded Voice Over company Dulcet + Gravel, Produces Scene + Heard Festival (http://smockalley.com/sceneandheard/), is the programmer for FLEADHTV,(which won the 2015 IFTA, Best LIVE Event).
Creative audio collaborations include ‘The Voices in My Headphones’ sound installation with Midightscowl Orchestre, ‘Something, Something Vampire’ soundscape with Cabaret Yoko, ‘Lena’ live performance as part of SCORE by Breach + Quinn (DFF, 2016).
Jonny ‘Filth’ Jude (Bass, Guitar, Vocals) Played the first real six string. Seriously.
Previous live shows / guitar shredding for ETC, TTLOVE (not the Spanish LINGERIE) and SHAKALAK; John Cummins (poetician) + Fin Divilly’s (https://www.facebook.com/fin.divilly) who will play Body & Soul, Doolin Folk + BARE IN THE WOODS, Indiependence, Bobstock + All Together Now this summer. HOT YES.
Sean Connolly (Drums) When he’s not in the groove, Sean makes furniture. Also, DRUM.
Comes with own swizzle spoon. Enjoys Silver Darlings.