by / November 8th, 2009 /

Har Mar Superstar – The Academy 2, Dublin

Har Mar Superstar has confirmed a Dublin date before he hits the UK to promote his latest album Dark Touches when he plays Dublin’s Academy 2 on Wednesday 9th December. Tickets are priced € 15 inclusive of booking fee and on sale from tomorrow, Wednesday 14 October.

Like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon, Har Mar Superstar returns this fall with Dark Touches, his first album since 2004’s critically acclaimed The Handler. The new Har Mar retains his defiant sexiness and uncanny knack for irresistible R&B hooks, but fans his colorful wings in the spirit of inclusion. ‘Har Mar has always represented the most out-there and outrageous and in your face aspects of me,’ says Sean Tillmann, the Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter and producer behind the Har Mar Superstar moniker.

Tillmann spent the past several years playing music with his other projects – Sean Na Na and Neon Neon, whose album Stainless Style was nominated for the 2008 Mercury Music Prize. But he also found time to launch a new career as an actor and screenwriter, earning roles in the upcoming feature films Whip It (directed by Drew Barrymore, and starring Juno’s Ellen Page and Arrested Development’s Alia Shawkat) and Lovely, Still. He’s developing his own movie scripts and sitcom pilots, building on the success of his ‘Crappy Holidays’ videos; in each of the comedic shorts – directed by Ryan Rickett and written with John Ringhoff – Tillmann suffers a different cruel twist of fate for each holiday.

Har Mar Superstar was born ten years ago, when Tillmann was living in Minneapolis, playing guitar-based indie rock. The Har Mar idea, he says, was ‘a reaction to boring indie rock and how people were taking themselves way too seriously, and any aspect of playing and touring was no fun after a while, and I realized if I go to a dance party and sing an R. Kelly song on a couch, the girls are going to go fucking crazy. So I started transferring that to the stage and doing more R&B-oriented songs, and it really was a no-brainer after I’d done it a few times. Like, -why don’t I just make this gross, why don’t I just start writing songs like that?’ And as soon as I did, it was obvious, it was like a light bulb went off and I went on my way and got more and more aggressive, and the shows became this weird exercise in sexual tension, and I really learned how to play with that fire and make it work for me.’

Tickets priced €15 incl. booking fee are on sale from tomorrow, Wednesday 14 October.
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