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KELLEY’s “Brave Warrior” gets a 10″ vinyl release

Following the overwhelmingly positive global reception to Keeley’s debut ‘Brave Warrior’ EP, London-based Dimple Discs will release the 4-song set on 10” vinyl via Shellshock Distribution on February 25. Limited to 500 copies, the EP features artwork by award-winning designer Bruce Brand at Arthole (The Darkness, White Stripes).

Due to the success of the debut and subsequent EP ‘Echo Everywhere’ in 2021, these rising stars enjoyed a brilliant year, picking up plays across Irish radio and taking the British mainland by storm with spins on BBC 6Music’s Steve Lamacq, BBC 6Music’s Radcliffe & Maconie, BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Cymru, as well as SiriusXM and College Radio in the USA, reaching the #1 spot on the Radio Indie Alliance chart with plays on hundreds of radio stations in several dozen countries around the world.  

Chosen among Hot Press‘ ‘Hot for 2022’ Irish artists, Keeley has upped the ante by presenting a judicious remix of ‘The Glitter And The Glue’ by revered producer Paul Tipler (Stereolab, Elastica, Idlewild, Placebo, Julian Cope, House Of Love), making it even more memorable than the original. The three new tracks illustrate the care and songcraft that Keeley and producer Alan Maguire bring to their productions with layers of shimmering guitars, soaring vocal harmonies, subtle keyboard motifs and driving rhythms. These unforgettable tracks are inspired by and dedicated to Inga-Maria Hauser, the murdered German backpacker that Keeley has steadfastly memorialised in song and spirit for the past five years. Read ‘The Keeley Chronicles’ for more info.

On the live front, the band has taken full form with Keeley on guitar and vocals, Martin Fagan on bass, Marty Canavan on keyboards, and  acclaimed Dublin drummer Tim O’Donovan recently joining their ranks. Following sold-out shows at Whelan’s in Dublin in October and The Lexington in London in December, Keeley play their second headline gig in Dublin on Thursday, April 28 at The Grand Social.

Dimple Discs is a London label with deep Irish music connections. Founded in 2018 by The Undertones‘ Damian O’Neill and former Stereolab publicist Brian O’Neill, it has grown to encompass such artists as Cathal Coughlan (The Fatima Mansions, Microdisney), The Undertones, Telefis (Jacknife Lee & Cathal Coughlan), Eileen Gogan, Kev Hopper, Dragon Welding, Nick Haeffner, Baby ShakesGer Eaton, Daniel Figgis and SACK.

As of February 25, ‘Brave Warrior’ will be available on vinyl and CD. Already now, both of her EPs can be found across online stores and streaming platforms, including SpotifyApple Music and Bandcamp.

Rudolf Schütz

I am the founder/owner and editor-in-chief of the Rubber Axe webzine, the underground/overground cultural publication, publishing also this website dedicated to all things Indonesian. I'm a happily married guy with 2 kids and a fantastic wife, and I'm a relentless discoverer of all things cultural and culinary. An everlasting dreamer and idealist.

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