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SHOOKRAH are based in Cork, Ireland and do their best to make banging R&B music. R&B that's dark like Kendrick Lamar, sensual like Beyonce and badass like James Brown. Powered by a rhythm-section of synthesizer, drums & bass, two female voices share melodies with a generously-effected guitar on top.
Awarded 'Best Irish Band of 2017' and '50 People to watch in 2018' by The Irish Times, Shookrah's musical contemporaries include the likes of Rusangano Family, Hare Squead and Loah. Proud products of their hyperactive local music scene, the soul sextet first took the stage at the Cork Jazz Festival, before bringing their live show to Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, Knockanstockan, Other Voices and the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival.
The second EP 'Clichés' was released in May 2017, with the singles 'Gerascophobia' and 'Our Own Way' getting attention on Irish radio and renowned music blogs.
The October 2014 release of the Implicit Content EP followed the release of the debut single WOMAN, which garnered airplay on RTE 2FM and BBC Radio Ulster and saw its music video feature on Hot Press and Nialler9. Headline, support and festival appearances along with live videos have occupied the band in the meantime, while members have shamelessly sought further fame featuring with Le Galaxie and Daithí, touring with Husker Du's Grant Hart, and as the leading couple in Hozier's Take Me To Church video.
[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)