Dublin, County Dublin
Kool Thing began as the duo of Julie Chance and Jon Dark, originally from Dublin and Sydney respectively, who met in Paris at some side-street dive bar where Chance was DJing. The girls quickly noticed their overlap in musical sensibilities, swapped records, exchanged ideas and booked flights to Berlin, where they got straight to work bringing their new project to life.
Kool Thing’s nocturnal sound weaves together textured washes of guitar, ghostly synthesizers and driving beats (supplied by newest member drummer Valentin Plessy) and layered vocals delivering heady electronic silhouettes lurking somewhere in the shadows. The combination of Jon’s classical musical training and Julie’s artistic vision manages to balance light with darkness and rough edges with smooth textures, reconciling disparate influences like grunge and wave, prog and pop – yet without any blatant retro fetishism, gazing not down at their shoes but stridently ahead into an ominous future.
Since realising Kool Thing was their calling, the band has travelled around the world playing with artists such as MEN, Light Asylum, Aerea Negrot, Maria Minerva and LCMDF. Canadian band Austra were also intrigued, asking Kool Thing to go on tour with them as a support act for both their European tours in 2011 and again inviting them back to tour Australia in 2012. The same year they added Milan, Athens, and the Airwaves festival in Reykjavik to the list of cities where they have been invited to play, and have now shared stages with everyone from Grimes to New Order. They released their eponymous debut album in 2013 and were invited to play SXSW in Texas and Canadian Music Week the same year. From festivals to club shows, Kool Thing rarely leave a venue without new fans captivated by the unique atmosphere they create in a live setting.
"...they continue to intriguingly straddle the lines between techno, jamming electro, dark synth sounds, and astute guitar playing with the deftness of fleeing mountain goats. Don’t miss em" - Una Mullally - THE IRISH TIMES
"...‘The Sign’ is has a slow burning first third utilising a simple guitar melody before it really gets going when the beats and vocals hit in with synths..." - Niall Byrne - NIALLER9
"...kool thing are making all the right moves to greatness". - Alan Reily - BITZL R
"...one of the most exciting live acts we’ve seen in some time so make sure to catch at least one of their shows." - STATE.IE
"With new material from My Bloody Valentine, PVT, and Depeche Mode, the year 2013 has been a joy so far! Add to that list a debut self-titled album from aptly named kool thing. The Berlin-based duo have put together a glorious album. Let's stay away from hype, but 2013 will prove a fruitful year for them."
-Dan Hegarty, RTE 2fm