All of our songs, with the exception of Mercury and Madeleine, are now available for download. Hope you enjoy listening, various facts about us below:
Alphastates are currently working on their second album, the follow up to 2004's ""Made From Sand"", which was described as “the freshest, most vital Irish release in an age”. Alphastates have played at Witnness twice and to their biggest audience yet when 6000 people packed their tent at the Oxegen festival in 2004. They have shared stages with Throwing Muses, Sinead O’ Connor, Cat Power, The Frames, The Beta Band and Lali Puna. Their music is currently in demand for both TV and Film productions, including Irish drama series “The Big Bow Wow”, and in Irelands national television station RTE's sport advertising campaign. Courtesy of their phenomenal live performances they have built up a strong fanbase around the country. They were recently selected by RTE to perform on the programme “Other Voices – Songs From a Room”, alongside Steve Earle, the Mark Lanegan Band (Queens of the Stone age) and many others. They were also selected from thousands of other bands to have a video made by the prestigious New York Film School of their pulsating single Addicted. Their second album will be fucking amazing, probably.
Catherine Dowling – Vocals, Keys, Guitar
Gerry Horan – Guitar, Keys, backing vocals
Stevie Kavanagh – Bass, backing vocals
Mike O’ Dowd – Drums
Some reviews said:
Happily brimming with talent and seemingly oblivious to their comparatively mundane surroundings, all four are refreshingly unselfconscious onstage and clearly revel in a gig opportunity ... Perhaps if we put Stellastarr in the fridge for a couple of hours, or gave the Cardigans a soul, we would end up with Alphastates. But then again, to reduce this band's sound to a merely digestible indie-pop stereotype is to cheapen and gravely underestimate one of the most potent undercurrents in the country's alternative music scene. I look around and their audience are transfixed. Tonight, the Buttery was plucked from the armpit of stale indie bedwet and propelled skywards toward the lofty creative peaks of a band who I am convinced are poised to record something truly special. Trinity News (live review)
""Made From Sand"" is probably one of the most ambitious records to come out of Ireland in a while and here in the Limelight they sound absolutely huge … Alphastates managed to turn in one of the best belFEST performances in recent memory. Across The Line (live review)
“This band will manage to reassure you that there’s still urgency, passion, and art left in music.” Kilkenny People (live review)
In Catherine Dowling they have a singer born to live on stage, her WW11 vamp-waitress persona and honeydripping voice pulling them in from the bar from the off … All told, a night that scored an appropriate ten out of Ten. Hot Press (live review)
?“Alphastates are recreating these smooth studio sounds as raucous live rock blowouts the length and breath of Ireland - well worth catching live” Irish Examiner
Currently presiding over the Dublin Music Scene, light years ahead of their peers, Alphastates are a tricky bunch to pin down. Made From Sand, is perhaps the freshest, most vital Irish release in an age ... Alphastates have their eyes fixed firmly on the future and that future looks very bright indeed. Alternative Ulster Magazine
“Dowling's distinctive vocals call Beth Gibbons and Liz Frazer to mind. One of the more accomplished Irish debuts of recent years 4/5”. Irish Independent
“Sexy as fuck. Buckle up Kids and get ready to embrace your new favourite band. One small step for Catherine Dowling and her cohorts, then…one giant leap – in the right direction – for the Irish music scene”. Hot Press
""They've the potential to be huge"" Irish Times
Alphastates is probably one of the most innovative and creative bands in the country … the frontwoman looks like a total star, belting out one great song after another. Belfast Telegraph (live review)
Cool brooding electronica. Disarmingly sexy. Excellent debut album. 4/5 www.entertainmentireland.ie
Accomplished, Compelling, Stylish...4/5 RTE Guide
“A fine debut” Sunday Tribune
reached # 1 on KIAC Big 50
Loud guitars and drums and bass and synths, was "single of the fortnight" in Hot Press (Irish music magazine, like Rolling Stone only for Ireland so it's smaller)
Smiles and Lies
This is one of my favourite tracks that we've ever recorded, and we put it as a hidden track on our album, we were probably drunk when we made the decision...
Top of The World
Written in Nepal. Recorded in France. Mixed in Dublin. For a band with no money, that's not too shabby.
A live favourite this one, always alot of fun to play. Written on a rooftop in Ireland, in spite of the title, on a day of unseasonably good weather.
More along the lines of Sometimes, if you've heard Sometimes that'll make sense.
This song is about an irrational fear of tractors. Unless I misheard the lyrics, which is highly likely come to think of it. It's a beautiful song though, I think.
5/29/2016 3:29:10 AM
...have you "hidden" your song "Hide"? It is still on my station, but will not play. -M-
5/20/2016 1:13:17 AM
Angel Kiss Fantastic Tasty Morsel !!!! -M-
9/15/2008 12:01:28 PM
sorry it's catherine not katherine my mistake :-)
9/15/2008 11:59:01 AM
7/13/2008 8:34:50 PM
hey alphastates... you're still my fav band on IAC...love you guys.
12/30/2007 8:28:59 AM
Happy New Year to all our members! - IAC 2008
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