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SHOOKRAH are a 6-piece outfit from Cork, serving fresh helpings of synth-grooves, interruptive hooks and dystopian romance-themed songs. Their sound sits somewhere between neo-soul and the emerging schools of R&B/Soul that define themselves as ‘Future Soul’. Influences include the likes of Hiatus Kaiyote, Solange, Thundercat, Anderson .Paak and The Internet. Advancing from accolade to accolade (awarded 'Best Irish Band of 2017' and '50 People to watch in 2018' by The Irish Times), Shookrah are positioning themselves as important pioneers in the blossoming urban music scene in Ireland with their debut album set for release in early 2019.
The ensemble formed in 2014 and began to establish their reputation as a fat-banger-churning R&B group with the release of their debut single ‘W.O.M.A.N’. The song became a local anthem of womanity and challenging preconceptions around female identity. The pack have released two EPs since then: Implicit Content and 2017’s Clichés, the most recent of which produced acclaimed singles ‘Gerascophobia’ and ‘Our Own Way’, which led to a string of enviable slots supporting the likes of Theo Katzman, Billy Ocean and Rusangano Family, as well as charming festival crowds at Body & Soul, Electric Picnic and Townlands Festival to Dublin Fringe Festival and Other Voices Music Trail.
Holding true to the predicted successes for 2018, Shookrah are keeping their feet on the pedal with the first single from the upcoming album set for release this April. The track is entitled ‘Don’t Wanna Doubt You (Respectfully Woo Me)’, and is an upbeat, sultry instruction on the key ingredients to seduction as told by Senita; namely respect and patience. With producer Brendan Fennessy (of O Emperor) and a slick new music video, Shookrah are making bold moves to put out a body of work that stands the test of time in its sophistication and pizazz.
Senita Appiakorang (lead vocals)
Imelda Cormican (backing vocals)
Emmet O’Riabhaigh (drums)
Brian Dunlea (bass)
Diarmait Mac Cárthaigh (keys-synth)
Daniel Coughlan (guitar)
[WINNER Irish Band of the Year 2017] [50 People to Watch in 2018]
"Shookrah comfortably slide into their jazzy funk style like it’s a vintage suede jacket. You can hear the influence of the groovy cats who blazed 1970s American funk and 1990s neo-soul, as well as new-age Los Angeles beat scene bohemians like Flying Lotus and Thundercat."
The Irish Times
"Impossible to confine to a genre, ‘Gerascophobia’ sounds like wicked, dirty pop music tousled with a bit of soul and funk that melds into a velvety psychedelic haze. However you want to describe it, the Cork City-based band knows how to hypnotize with their bombastic sound."
“Cork newcomers have a refreshing, unusual sound...they have found soul delirium. The six-piece have a sound that is all their own, fusing soul influences into a psychedelic template”
“Gerascophobia… As young and fresh as a soul song in 2017 can be”
Nialler9, Irish Times Song of the Week
"Shookrah have stormed the scene with a fresh sound that isn't what you'd expect from an Irish group" - Hot Press (Issue 39.14)