by / March 30th, 2010 /

Villagers – The Button Factory, Dublin

Tickets €15 (incl booking fee) from, Road Records, City Discs & Ticketmaster outlets nationwide

Villagers is the brainchild of Dublin’s Conor J. O’Brien. Having released an EP, (Hollow Kind), vinyl only single ‘On a Sunlit Stage’ toured Ireland, the UK and US, opened for Neil Young, Wild Beasts and Cass McCombs, Villagers are gearing up for their soon to be released debut album Becoming a Jackal (Domino, May 14).

Becoming a Jackal introduces us to Villagers’ vivid narratives, gripping poetry and melodic depth. O’Brien’s clear and distinctive voice weaves a remarkable spell, delivering an album of rare, alarming beauty. From restrained to unleashed, from a whisper to a literal howl, Becoming a Jackal mutates, intrigues and beguiles in equal measure.

Villagers began life as a nameless collection of musical poems. Says O’Brien: ‘Ultimately, I’ve learned that a song is not an isolated thing. You have to wash the dishes before you write a song. It should never be taken too seriously. It must be treated with joy and humour, regardless of the subject matter.’

The lead single will be available on 7’ from Record Store Day (17th April) and via digital download from 26th April. The accompanying Ferry Gouw directed video is available to watch here: