Dublin, County Dublin
202s marry vintage synth sounds with the pop instrumentation of melodicas, glockenspiels and harmonicas, then filter the lot through a post-punk haze. Their debut album was released in Europe by Parisian indie Le Son Du Maquis (recent home to A Certain Ratio, Alan Vega, Cluster, Faust & more). An eclectic mix of pop, electronic & ambient sounds, it met with a warm critical response across the continent & was perhaps most accurately described by French music magazine Magic RPM as “a mixture of harmonica, psychedelic sounds, a taste of pop & a funk base”.
The band went on to perform at many of Ireland's top festivals including Oxegen, Sea Sessions & Castlepalooza & opened for acts including Fujiya & Miyagi and A Certain Ratio. Their live set was described by the Irish Times as a blend of "gorgeous Krautrock grooves, really robust songs and great stage presence." Since mid 2010 the band have decamped to their studio writing, demoing & recording material for their 2nd album expected for release early 2012.
“a beautiful Frankenstein of a record” AU MAGAZINE
"like a bastard child of Stereolab and the Flaming Lips," TOTALLY DUBLIN
“a mixture of harmonica, psychedelic sounds, a taste of pop & a funk base” MELT MAGAZINE, FRANCE
"hymnal Kraut-pop from Dublin" MUSIKEXPRESS, GERMANY
“short, snappy affairs....swathed in synths & fuzzy guitars” SUNDAY BUSINESS POST
“traces of Eno, the Stone Roses and Can” HOT PRESS
“vintage synth sounds sit happily alongside organic instruments” IRISH INDEPENDENT
“A solid group in the finest indie tradition, there are also understated elements of dance, soul and funk” ENTERTAINMENT.IE
“a little as if John Carpenter was born a musician. And Irish.” LE MERSEILLAISE
“oscillates between long electronic ambient vibes, refined pop, electro dance and harmonica folk” D-SIDE MAGAZINE, FRANCE
“Album of the Week.” STUART CLARKE, THE LAST WORD, TODAY FM
"A lovely buzz with 202s (Red Bull Music Academy)...there’s little to fault in their live set: gorgeous Krautrock grooves, really robust songs and great stage presence."
JIM CARROLL, THE IRISH TIMES, OXEGEN REVIEW, 10/7/09
"The set is strong, lifted entirely of this year’s debut, it show cases a rich and varied range of influences. An impressive start finished with the summer hit ‘Shoot You Down’, an ebullient pop number that succeeds to get those present into the festival spirit." WWW.STATE.IE, OXEGEN REVIEW, 10/7/09.