RELEASE IMPASSIONED NEW SINGLE:
“THIS CITY DOESN’T FEEL LIKE HOME TO ME”
AHEAD OF UK SHOWS
DEBUT ALBUM: ‘A SAFE DISTANCE TO WATCH’
– 4 MAY 2018 (UK RELEASE)
Ahead of their first ever UK shows this April, COLUMBIA MILLS today release a fresh cut of their distinct and propulsive indie-tronica: ‘This City Doesn’t Feel Like Home to Me’.
WATCH VIDEO HERE: https://youtu.be/72KhQGekHZM
Written spontaneously by frontman Fiachra Treacey in just 5 minutes in direct response to his experiences with the burgeoning homeless community of Dublin, ‘This City Doesn’t Feel Like Home to Me’ is a song of pure compassion, angst and alienation that is sure resonate with listeners all over the UK & Ireland who will have identified the shamefully relatable scenes of homelessness on their own streets.
Speaking about the track’s subject matter frontman Fiachra Treacy says:
“This City Doesn’t Feel Like Home to Me is a song about feeling left out or ignored in your own environment. When we started out it was very hard for a band like us to get anywhere in such a small City as Dublin. We would busk to make money to record our songs, and when you busk in Dublin, you are in amongst the homeless people. We would share our takings and they would congregate around us as a family. In essence they were begging and so were we. I talked to a lot the homeless people and figured that they too had been left out of society but obviously in a more horrific way. The homeless problem and the housing crisis in Dublin is shocking and only getting worse.”
Revved-up on a motorik drum beat and with a handle firmly grasped on the accelerator, from start to finish this latest epic from the Irish indie-tronica quintet is an endorphin doused rush designed to launch the listener to lightspeed.
The accompanying video for ‘This City Doesn’t Feel Like Home To Me’ was shot at Dublin’s RHA Gallery by visual artist Peter Kingston, with the band performing against the stunning backdrop prepared by close friend Leah Hewson.
Recorded with Rob Kirwan (a man who has lent his formidable talents for capturing a huge sound to record for giants the likes of Depeche Mode and U2 to name a few), the single is the latest to emerge from their impeccable ‘A Safe Distance To Watch’ album, available in the UK on 4th May 2018.
With worthy comparisons to the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Depeche Mode and Joy Division, Columbia Mills have become a word of mouth sensation in their homeland of Ireland, with critical acclaim and a trail of sell-out shows to their name. Unlikely to be best-kept secrets for too much longer, the band have hailed by the Hot Press mag for their “killer songwriting”, whereas the Irish Times have been quick to remark on the band’s knack for “lengthy, layered tunes that leave an indelible imprint.”
UK fans will now be able to able to get their very first taster of Columbia Mill’s exceptional live shows at the following shows this Spring:
2018 DEBUT UK TOUR DATES
Tue 24 Apr-18 – Sebright Arms – London
Fri 27 Apr-18 – King Tuts – Glasgow
Tickets on sale now – available here:
COLUMBIA MILLS take their name from a building based on Dublin’s Quays. In the early 90s the building became a mecca for the illegal rave scene bringing people together from all walks of life and all musical tastes. It was all about inclusion, something Columbia Mills believe very strongly in.
The diversity of music and social classes is something that has left a lasting impression on the city and has not been rediscovered since the police put an end to the institution in an early morning raid in the mid 90′s.
Based between Dublin and Wicklow in Ireland, the band have embraced the liberal ethos of the Columbia Mills era to both musical tastes and social equality. They have shaped their musical style with a guitar driven sound and an emphasis on electronic foundations. Having released two EPs to wide critical acclaim, their debut single ‘Never Gonna Look At You The Same’ was playlisted on Today FM and TXFM in Dublin and was also picked up by Radio X in London. Their music has been described as dark, ambient, emotive but with an almost deep south sensibility. Think Joy Division playing the Grand Ole Opry.
With their ‘Battles’ track receiving repeated hits on the playlists of Today FM (Ireland) last year, the quintet have since become a universal mainstay of Irish radio. From thereon, the Columbia Mills rocketed headlong through a whirlwind year that saw them storm the festival circuit; give RIDE, Public Service Broadcasting and more a run for their money during a series of high profile support slots; not to mention selling out their own headline show in at the iconic Button Factory in Dublin last November.
And it seems it’s only a matter of time until the band’s success bursts beyond the confines of their homeland. The clamorous ‘Battles’ was also picked up by WWE to feature in their documentary about wrestling superstar Finn Balor’s recovery from injury, and consequently breeding a whole new school of fans in the US of A.
2018 will see the band tour the UK for the first time in April, playing in some legendary venues such as King Tuts in Glasgow. Not to be missed.
COLUMBIA MILLS – ‘A SAFE DISTANCE TO WATCH’ – IS OUT 4 MAY 2018
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IRISH PRESS ALBUM HIGHLIGHTS
An Excellent Album – Paul McLoone, Today FM
” Tout Tingling Music” – THE IRISH TIMES 4****
From production to pedal work, Absolutely astounding – Fergal D’Arcy Today FM
A slow burner of excellence- Tom Dunne, Newstalk FM
A Heroic Offering- Hotpress Magazine
Gets better with every listen- State Magazine
Album of the week- Dan Hegarty 2FM
Emotive, powerful, affecting – The Last Mixed Tape
Album of the month- REMY Music blog.