ALARMIST are an instrumental four-piece from Dublin, consisting of Neil Crowley, Elis Czerniak, Osgar Dukes and Barry O'Halpin.
Built from richly layered guitars, glitchy electronics, duelling percussion and dense wind arrangements, their sound combines a huge range of influences; their tightly wound songs contrast angular intensity with colourful melodies, off-kilter rhythms and restless experimentation.
In August 2011, they released their self-titled debut EP through Dublin label Eleven Eleven receiving much critical acclaim and popularity. The same year they featured in 'Ones To Watch' lists for Ragged Words, State.ie and Hot Press, received airplay on Phantom FM, RTE and BBC radio, and polled in Nialler9's Top 10 Best New Irish Acts and Best Irish EPs of 2011.
They have received particular acclaim for their unique live show; appearances at the likes of Hard Working Class Heroes and Whelans' Ones To Watch festivals have quickly gained them attention for their sonic range and visual impact, with intricate multi-instrumental performances accompanied by live improvised projections. In February 2012, they joined Belfast labelmates Eatenbybears on the road in an Irish tour, with stunning projected visuals from artists Slipdraft and Le Tissier.
Some words of praise:
"It’s hard to think of a more accomplished live act than Alarmist, an instrumental foursome from Dublin who put precision before pride..Marrying the sweet with the murky and the spiky with the smooth, Alarmist have presumably sauntered through every genre known to man before arriving at their signature sound, and now that they’ve found it, there’s nary a note out of place." Hot Press.
"The four guys in Alarmist wasted no time getting themselves noticed on the live Dublin circuit...as a killer live band. Yes, they’re another instrumental band but rather than taking their cues from rock histrionics, they are clearly inspired by a wider range of sounds." Niall Byrne, Nialler9.com & State.ie.
"Their extraordinary multi-layered sound will go down well with fans of Chicago instrumentalists Tortoise and, locally, members of the Richter Collective family...On their harmonious debut, you’ll find bizarre, yet intriguing song titles aplenty (specifically speaking, ‘Bathtime For Squid’), otherworldly static hissing, and staggering drum patterns. Easily one of the Irish EPs of the year" Hot Press.
"Dublin four-piece Alarmist [craft] dense, multilayered post-rock that’s equal parts rocking and restrained – all without so much as a single throat being cleared. Check out...their tight-as-fuck live show – for proof of Alarmist’s growing potential." Ragged Words, "11 for '11"
"Alarmist are a flawless live band...Their musicianship and timing is so perfect, yet their songs can be so spontaneous and harsh...Their ability to play various instruments simultaneously is a spectacle in itself..' Goldenplec.ie