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Rathfarnham, Ireland
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Portrait of alphastates
Prepare to be blasted by pop delusionists of grandeur. Alphastates deliver their sound under the blanket of unselfconscious art. Fed on Joy division, Portishead, Tom Waits, Sonic Youth, Edith Piaf ..., this band will manage to reassure you that there's still urgency, passion, and art left in music.

Alphastates' much anticipated second album "Human Nature" will be released 17th April 2009. Their debut album "Made From Sand" was a breathtaking & brooding mix of electronica, pop and rock and garnered the band several prestigious awards, festival headline slots across Europe and numerous TV appearances.

Music and misfits always come together. A late night gig in a burnt down warehouse in Dublin brought Catherine Dowling and Gerry Horan together. Some years later they formed alphastates. In the hands of reclusive music composer Gerry Horan, Dowling expressed the dark comedy of the Human Condition. "Pop is a perfect avenue for human tragedy". They wrote beautiful songs. 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 notably Stevie Kavanagh. It started simple and the only goal was to laud beauty and make music they needed to hear.

Their cult fan base is ever growing and with a second album due for release in January 2008 and already being lauded by fans and critics alike, alphastates have the potential to leave a massive imprint.

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. Having won numerous awards both in the US and Europe, Alphastates return their new single "Champagne Glass' on 25th March 2009. It'll will be available for download from all good 'download stores" but namely The similarly-entitled second album is to be released in February 09.