11th Jan – Harbour Bar, Bray, Co. Wicklow 8.30pm
12th Jan – Eamon Doran’s, Temple Bar, Dublin 8pm (w/Circle Line – Sian Records)
14th Jan – Slattery’s, Capel St. Dublin 8pm (Main act for Dermot Lambert’s Gigland Series sponsor – Hot Press)
Audio Fiction is the eclectic blending of rock, power pop, and moody emotional musings spun into a sassy and ‘delightful’ package.
Audio Fiction’s last EP, “Songs in the Key of Orange Alert,” embodied the sound of 1980’s retro chic, made cool. Lead singer Mimi gives a “coquettish delivery that recalls the ballsy pillow talk of Blondie’s Debbie Harry” (Irish Voice); others have described the band as a “cross between Blondie, No Doubt and The Pretenders” (GO NYC Magazine). Audio Fiction’s upcoming debut album will embrace, enhance and explode their sound.
Since Audio Fiction’s early beginnings in 2003 playing bar mitzvahs and funerals, the band has been making a name for itself throughout New York City and the nation, putting on gazillions of energetic live shows, and releasing its first EP to wide national acclaim. With the addition of Metropolitan Opera violinist Kat, whose frenzied virtuoso performances give the band a unique edge, the established musicianship of lead guitarist FERG, the tight melodic bass lines of Jay, and the driving rhythmic beats of drummer Mark, the band has finally come into it’s own.
Audio Fiction is a melting pot of races and national origins, comprised of Dublin-born Mark O’Toole (drums), fellow Irish-native FERG O’Sullivan (guitar), Filipino Jay Young (bass), panhandler of Texas that is, Katherine Fong (violin), and native New Yorker Mimi Ferraro (lead vocals).
Reviewers, fans and people who know good music describe Audio Fiction’s sound as throw-back power-pop-rock-punk, a la the Pretenders, Blondie or Garbage, with catchy riffs and deceptively serious lyrics. Audio Fiction prefers a more metaphorical description: they offer you cotton candy, then kick you in the teeth, all while you’re dancing. And where else can you get virtuoso violin playing in the middle of a rock act? One thing is for sure ‘They put on a kick-ass live show!” according to Gothamist.com
In the last seven months, the band has been featured in The Village Voice, Curve Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, GO NYC Magazine, She Magazine to name but a few. In his rare moments not playing drums, Mark has become a favorite of the New York gossip columnists from the New York Post’s Page Six to The Daily News Rush & Molloy columns, getting snagged for everything from his appearance in HBO’s new “Taxicab Confessions – New York, New York” (continually aired across America and soon to be aired by Ch4 in England), to a run-in with The Strokes and Drew Barrymore. All this press has garnered the band a bit of notoriety, grassroots interest, and headline gigs at New York City’s top venues and beyond.
Audio Fiction hopes to build on this success. The band are hard at work in the studio working on their debut album to follow up on the success of their EP, and will tour Ireland in January, and the Northeast US after the release of their debut album in early 2006.
This past spring Audio Fiction were spun on 85 college radio stations in the Northeast US as part of their radio campaign to support the EP.