Alphastates released their debut album, Made from Sand on April 2, 2004, and since then, they have been winning people over the length and breadth of the country. Their live performances are establishing them as real contenders on the Irish music scene and they are living up to the potential shown in their first EP’s - Sometimes, Conversations with Robots and Good Stuff (Hot Press single of the Fortnight). Catherine Dowling and Gerry Horan formed Alphastates in April 2001. The two friends saw the potential to add an interesting mix of musical styles to Dowling's addictive, melodic songs.
Their sound caught the ear of Karl Odlum, who joined the
team for some time as producer and band member. Stevie Kavanagh joined a short
time later around the time of the release of their second EP, Conversations with
Robots. The last addition to the line-up was Mike O’Dowd, who joined in November
2003. Since their humble beginnings, Alphastates have played at Witnness twice
and Oxegen last summer, shared stages with Sinead O’ Connor, Cat Power, The Beta
Band and Throwing Muses, had their music aired on both TV and Film productions
and have built up a strong fan base around the country.
One of the men behind U2’s famous Elevation remix, Chris Agnew of Agnelli and Nelson fame, remixed Addicted and it found itself on high rotation amongst both national and regional radio stations as well as on the TV series The Big Bow Wow. David Holmes has also requested to permission to remix some of their work.
Certainly one of the most original and distinctive acts to emerge in recent times, Alphastates have been gaining a reputation as an unmissable live band since the release of their debut album ‘Made from Sand’ which is distributed by RMG.
Alphastates are an Irish indie/electronica act with a sound based around Dowling's distinctive vocals and a strong melodic backing. They will be releasing a new single Champagne Glass, on the 25th March, followed by their second album, Human Nature, on the 24th April. Catherine Dowling and Gerry Horan first played together in 2001, Alphastates first release was a single Sometimes which they actually penned as part of their previous band Babelfish. Karl Odlum briefly joined the team as producer and band member and Stevie Kavanagh joined a short time later around the the release of their second EP, Conversations with Robots.
The last addition to the line-up was Graham Gilligan in late 2007, who replaced Mike O'Dowd, the bands previous drummer. In 2004 Alphastates released their debut album, Made from Sand which was very well received critically as were their robust live performances. The band have performed at a number of large festivals including Electric Picnic and Oxegen and have shared the stage with Sinead O' Connor, Cat Power, The Beta Band, Throwing Muses and Lali Puna.