The 202s return to live duty to launch their new album From When The Future Was Yet To Hurt Us on Friday March 30th (Good Friday).
The 202s began as a duo over ten years ago, when long-time friends Mike Glennon (vocals/guitar/synths) and Steve Melling (bass/synths) decided – after the meltdown of a previous band – to retreat to the recording studio to conjure up the album they always knew they had in them. Come 2009, now with a third integral member, Barry Smullen (drums/percussion), their self-titled debut album was released via the Paris-based label, Le Son Du Maquis (home to a clutch of left-field indie icons such as A Certain Ratio, Lydia Lunch, Cluster, Paul Haig, James Chance and the Contortions, and Faust). It didn’t take long for the plaudits to arrive: ‘long electronic ambient vibes, refined pop, electro dance and harmonica folk’ (D-Side Magazine) and ‘hymnal Kraut-pop from Dublin’ (Musikexpress) were just two from a rake load of positive reviews.
The new album is split into two overlapping and interweaving categories: casual, funky electronic groove and melancholic pop. Tracks such as Experts and Amateurs, Oh My My, Up In Thin Air, Soul Don’t Boogie and Dash For The Exit (Real Love Doesn’t Lie) blend some of the band’s influences (notably David Bowie, Can, Brian Eno) with a marked individuality that comes from experience. Instrumentals Refrain and Are You For Real, meanwhile, display a command of decorous, textured electronic music. The balance between marrying peripheral elements of experimental music with the core values of music you’d hear on daytime radio is perfectly judged on the album which is released March 30th via Difference/Repetition.
‘long electronic ambient vibes, refined pop, electro dance and harmonica folk’D-Side Magazine