Death Milkshake is an electronic / alt. rock artist based in north Co. Roscommon. Having tried and failed to start an alternative rock band locally, in 2021 he ventured into the realm of solo live looping, mastering Ableton Live as a live looper.
Navigating a learning curve with unfamiliar equipment and sounds, Death Milkshake's sonic landscape evolved, seamlessly blending the intended alt. rock sound with electronic elements seeping in through the software and instruments. The music features driving beats supporting bass guitar and synth tones, complemented by heavily affected vocals. The live performances showcases fully live electronica, with instruments played rather than samples triggered.
The danceable disco-punk songs draw inspiration from electronic dance music, post-punk, and progressive rock. Lyrics, seemingly casual, often carry deliberate undertones, addressing serious subjects in a playful or surreal tone.
Dubbed as 'A more synth Human League' by Brian Lally (RTE Radio 1), Death Milkshake's live performance is hailed as an 'unmissable, powerful one-man show' by Craig Hughes (Director – Night & Day Music Festival).
The project, conceived during the 2020/2021 lockdowns, officially launched in early 2022 with appearances at 'Éalú Le Grá' and 'Night And Day' music festivals. In 2023, Death Milkshake graced Irish festivals including All Together Now, Livestock, and BallaghDream.
2023 marked the recording and production phase of the debut Death Milkshake EP, featuring Dáithí O Drónaí (Houseplants / Dáithí) on mixing and production. The first single 'Shiny thing' was released in November 2023, immediately receiving airplay on a number of national and regional radio stations in Ireland. Further singles will be released leading up to the full EP release in early 2024, and a number of festival appearances for summer 2024 will be announced in the early part of the year.