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Alternative // Dublin, Dublin

When any of the Four members of CABL are asked by a family member, colleague, or friend “what type of music do you play?” it is usually met by an inward sigh and something along the lines of “I’m not too sure, kind of noisy pop music with a lot of heavy guitars”. Taking sonic influence from bands such as Portishead, Slow Dive, MBV, Queens of The Stone age and Just Mustard, then coupling this with pop inspired yet often unconventional song writing leads to a musical experience, which is best described as an indie pop band put through a broken dishwasher. CABL’s music borrows just as much from DIIV as it does from Elliot Smith. Often dealing with themes such as addiction, dysfunctional family situations and mental illness then surrounding these introspective ideas with carefully orchestrated noise, interesting harmony, and infectiously catchy melody.
Forming in January 2020 out of BIMM Dublin, CABL quickly noticed the palpable chemistry in the room. Their first gig was booked less than two months later, supporting Of all Living Things (Formally known as NICETRY). As everyone knows, this never came to Fruition. The four-piece spent lockdown writing and perfecting the genre blending sound, which guitarist Luke White describes as “a conscious attempt to couple abrasive and ambient noise with catchy hook driven song-writing”. The year and a half of hard work was finally actualised with a mesmerising live performance in a sold-out Workman’s Club supporting GURRIERS on Halloween night. Since then, CABL have been gathering stage experience, with headline slots at both the Workman’s club and the Grand Social, as well as writing and recording new music. CABL released their first single "What a Pop Songs Sounds Like" on May 20th 2022, a track that juxtaposes atmospheric soundscapes with dissonant harmony and aggressive noise to reflect the fickle and tentative theme of dysfunctional relationships expressed through the lyrics.