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A Few of Our Favorite Things: Princess

Princess is a drums-and-guitar duo hailing from Dublin, comprised of Aoife Frances and Liam Mesbur, two teenage friends who only began writing, performing, and producing their own music within the past two years. Their sound mixes the dreaminess of psychedelia with grinding noise and the gritty energy of garage rock, and to transfixing success. This week, they’ve released a Ben Bix remix of the track “Molly,” a slow, wispy jam and the second single off of their upcoming mini LP  (due out in January). Their 2013 debut EP Black Cat has received buzz from all across the blogosphere, including critical acclaim from DIY and Artrocker, and the two have toured extensively through the UK and Europe, most notably opening for Cloud Nothings this past May and recently for Damo Suzuki (a Krautrock hero to  both).

Their penchant for both structured melody and rhythm and experimental abandon caught our ears over here, so we asked the dudes to fill us in about the sources of inspiration behind their signature push and pull with chaos and cohesion. Much like their music, their taste is all over the spectrum. Check out their dance between high and low brow, from Brave New World to the iconic breaking of Batman. Details for their upcoming tour can be found below.

1. The Gun Club — “Jack on Fire”

2. WIRE — “Reuters”

3. Brave New World

4. Robert Hood — “Detroit: Once Circle”

5. Jon Hopkins — “Collider”

6. Bane breaking Batman’s back


7. Darkside — “Metatron”

8. Bernard and Manny from Black Books

Bernard & Manny

9. The Beatles — “She Said She Said”

10. Paco de Lucia


Princess will be embarking on their first UK + European tour in 2015 with Girl Band and Ex Hex. Be sure to catch them out if you happen to find yourself on that side of the pond. Dates below.

UK + European Tour

01.31 Dublin, IRL – The Twisted Pepper ^
02.10 London, UK – Oslo *
02.11 Leeds, UK – The Brundenell Social Club *
02.12 Manchester, UK – Soup Kitchen *
02.13 Glasgow, UK – Broadcast *
02.14 Bristol, UK, The Louisiana *
02.15 Brighton, UK – The Green Door Store *
02.17 Paris, FRA – Divan du Monde, Club LSFM *
02.18 Lille, FRA – La Peniche *
02.19 Hamburg, GER – Hafenklang *
02.20 Berlin, GER – Magnet Club *
02.21 Cologne, GER – King George *
02.22 Schomdorf, GER – Manufaktur *

^ w/ Girl Band
* w/ Ex Hex




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