I Heart The Monster Hero have been playing around Dublin for the last three years, starting with Andy Walsh’s one-man lo-fi indie synth fuzz project before extending to a band of bodies which expanded to include more psychedelic washed textures and a fuller band sound, always with a hint of pop music on the fringes.
Now a five-piece, Andy Walsh, Simon Dowling, Philip Clarke, David Crean and Paddy Walsh have concocted an album that encapsulates all of those disparate sounds into one rollicking Casio, guitar and drum-fuelled whole. Their aptly titled debut album Rhythm & Pals has all of those facets intact, from the opening bouncy pop single ‘Toni Bailey’, the bright indie-thump of ‘Little Gem’, the discordant garage-punk of ‘Bozo vs. Slug’, the hyper-synth via ambient intro of ‘Do Dah’.
It’s not all united in sound but that’s a big part of the appeal of I Heart The Monster Hero, the enthusiasm spilling out over the sides of the song leaving a frantic lo-fi pop-soaked mark on the Irish indie scene.
Monster Hero have two Dublin shows upcoming:
July 12th – Upstairs in Whelan’s, Midnight Hour. Free in.
July 18th – The Workman’s Club. Album launch show..
Niall Byrne is the founder of the most-influential Irish music site Nialler9, where he has been writing about music since 2005 . He is the cohost of the Nialler9 Podcast and has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Cara Magazine, Sunday Times, Totally Dublin, Red Bull and more. Niall is a DJ, founder of Lumo Club, event curator and producer of gigs, parties & events.