Castlecomer front-man Bede Kennedy (vocals/guitar) alongside cousins/friends Tommy (lead guitar), Joe (bass), Neely (keys), and Patch (drums) are in the middle of their North American tour following the October 2018 release of their self-titled debut album via Concord Records, citing in an interview that their Australian record label had been holding them back creatively.
The handy pronunciation guide on the band’s Facebook page indicates that their Australian lineage and lingual constructs should lead you to call them “Castlecoma” regardless of the spelling you see. Named after a coal-mining village in Ireland where most of the band's family members emigrated from, Castlecomer has been making music together and touring the festival and club circuit around the world since 2013.
Sydney electropop group Castlecomer built up a fanbase in Australia and released three EPs between 2012 and 2014 before moving to the United States in 2017 and signing with Concord Records. Since then, they have moved to Nashville and in September 2018 released their first official single, "Fire Alarm", which had over six million streams on Spotify, reaching the number six position on the streaming service's Global Viral chart.
You can’t help but get drawn into dancing to the infectious beats of their music. Their incredible energy exudes in tracks like “All the Noise” and “Make Love Make Music” with strong rhythm and catchy choruses that audiences are sure to love, while “Leaving” puts you in touch with emotions you didn’t know were rising to the surface:
♫People try and people die
People work all of their lives
You have dreams, so it seems
And I would do a million things ♫
On Australia’s Triple J Unearthed website, Castlecomer cites influences such as Courtney Barnett, Foals, The Wombats, Circa Waves and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Stevie Wonder, Two Door Cinema Club, and M83 as well as well as Kendrick Lamar and ABBA, The Strokes, The Beatles, and Carole King.
Nederlander Entertainment & The Project 100.7/106.3 presents Magic Giant with Castlecomer at Madison Live on Wednesday February 20th. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the all-ages show slated to begin at 8 p.m. You can purchase tickets here for $15 or enter to win tickets at https://cincymusic.com/contests.