Code – Sat 02 May – 9pm

 ALT presents



8Ball &

Sleep Thieves


Andrews Lane Theatre

Sat 2th May

Tickets €tbc

Doors 9pm





Codes create melodic Alternative/Electronic music in a haunted Victorian house at the top of a hill in suburban Dublin, Ireland. They are responsible for the bright lights and sounds you’ve been hearing coming from the house late at night. Beats, piano, glockenspiel, guitars, samples, broken toys and four-part harmonies are used/abused to create such sounds. At times these sounds are brought to different locations and performed to unsuspecting onlookers. Codes are influenced by winter, landscapes, staring into space, movie soundtracks, skyscrapers, constellations, and places they’ve never been.


“Edith is a 3-minute guitar pop gem and a memorable statement of intent”
– The Irish Independent
“The best debut single release of the year so far”
– The Irish Daily Star

“A magnificent slab of doom rock… 4/5”
– The Metro, Dublin

“A soaring alternative anthem… 4/5”
– inDublin

“A top class single, great tune… 5/5”

“Cities is an excellent track that twinkles and crackles with atmosphere…
with a pleasing Buckley-ish quality to the vocals”
– Hotpress

“The quartet have just surpassed themselves with a fantastic new single, This Is Goodbye, which is released today. — most established bands would kill to have a song as potent, memorable and downright commercial as this spiky, emotive number.
And, Daragh Anderson’s faux-falsetto takes a good song and moves it into a rather special place. Trust this cynic — this lot really are worth checking out.”
– Irish Independent

“This Is Goodbye has singled Codes out to be one of the biggest bands of tomorrow”
– The Irish Daily Star




Prepare to be blasted by pop delusionists of grandeur. Alphastates deliver their sound under the blanket of

unselfconscious art. Fed on Joy division, Billie Holiday, Tom Waits, Sonic Youth, Edith Piaf, Portishead, Velvet Underground, this band will manage to reassure you that there’s still urgency, passion, and art left in music.

They continue to blend slow elastic beats with delicously dark pop soundscapes on a grander scale.  Graced with the addictively evocative vocals of Catherine Dowling and with music that is beautifully pop yet ethereally alternative. Alphastates have the potential to leave a massive imprint. Human Nature” is the follow up to their critically acclaimed “Made from Sand”.


Music and misfits always come together. An after-hours gig in a warehouse in Dublin introduced Catherine Dowling to Gerry Horan. Some years later they formed alphastates. In the hands of music composer Gerry Horan, Dowling expressed the dark comedy of the Human Condition. “Pop is a perfect avenue for human tragedy”. Shy of performances and people, they hung in the background. She sang her twisted off-kilter melodies over his guitar and electro noise assaults. Other talented misfits joined the melting pot.  It started simple and their only goal was to write beautiful songs.
Champagne Glass was the first single taken from their very beautiful second album “Human Nature”, the follow up to their critically acclaimed “Made from Sand”. “Human Nature” was released to the public on the 24th April 2007. Already making its way to the dance floors in New York, Champagne Glass is a pop song draped in house beats but smiling through the eyes of disco.  Featuring two remixes by acclaimed production duo “Arveene and Misk” and mastered by Nilesh Patel, the face behind the mastering of Daft Punk’s Homework, Champagne Glass is a hook-laden pop sparkler that won’t leave your head once inside.

Having toured with Cat Power, Mercury Rev, Deus, Zero 7, Sinead O’Connor, The Beta Band to name but a few, alphastates have had their music appear on both Irish and International film productions. They’ve played Oxegen numerous times as well as the Electric Picnic together with an a number of high profile festivals across Europe. Currently put the closing stages to the contract with their US record label, “HUMAN NATURE” is to see a release date Stateside at the end of 2009.

With music that is beautifully pop yet ethereally alternative, alphastates have the potential to leave a massive imprint.




8Ball are six long time friends and collaborators with a taste for experimental pop music, noise emitting machinery and the oddities of this life. Beginning as a laidback acoustic outfit drawing influences from the Beatles and  low fi Americana , they soon discovered amplification and electronics and began writing tunes that would eventually form the basis of their self titled debut album which was released in 2006 to widespread acclaim. This culminated in a Best New Irish Act nomination at the Meteor Music Awards that year and a stand out appearance to a packed out Crawdaddy tent at the Electric Picnic festival.

Over time their live show began receiving rave reviews due to their experimental nature where members constantly change roles and share vocal duties. Now incorporating elements straddling many genres, their live show  really has to be seen to be understood. Due to the ever growing reputation of the show , 8ball were then invited to showcase at London Calling , ‘In The City ‘ in Manchester and ‘Popkomm’ in Berlin.

After a period of extended wranglings with their record label at the time , they went on into  self imposed exile to write some new tunes and just
enjoy being a band again.

In April 2008 they decamped to sleepy East Sussex with a new batch of tracks and began work with producer Ian Caple (Tricky, Tindersticks , MBV , Sugarcubes). The result of these sessions is their second release “..With All Your Friends “, scheduled for release on their own Death of a Clown imprint in September 2009.

Lead off single ‘ Dig It ‘  is already receiving extensive airplay on 2FM and  Phantom FM among others and the release of their latest offering is eagerly anticipated…





Formed in the summer of 2008 Sleep Thieves quickly began writing, recording and crafting songs. After a promising start to their existence they are looking to bridge the gap between quirky-indie and dancey-electro, according to Analogue Magazine Sleep Thieves “create music that in one moment trips lightly along in a swirling hush of gentle vocals, dainty keys and stomping electronic beats, while the next moment swells with driving electronic drums and growling, dirty synths.”


Since their live debut in November 2008, Sleep Thieves have played some notable shows including the 2009 IMRO Showcase, Club AC30 in Whelan’s, with Dark Room Notes at their album launch, with international artist Midori Hirano and at the Fight Like Apes curated Ruby Sessions shows in Doyle’s, Dublin.  Many of Ireland’s most prominent publications have commented on the band’s potential, with their track ‘Osumi’ being selected in the Hot Press list of ‘Best Irish songs of 2008’ poll, and after seeing them live in March, reckon that “in songs like Winter there’s potential practically oozing from the three of them”.   Prominent Irish Times journalist Jim Carroll also included Sleep Thieves in his ‘3 new acts to watch’ report in his column in The Ticket in April 2009.


Sleep Thieves are to build on this early work by releasing their debut EP ‘It Was Only A Satellite’ at the end of May, a  four song effort that will showcase both the gentler and the dancier end of their sonic spectrum.  They will also be planning shows both in Dublin and nationwide to mark the release and further hone their already intense live performance.


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