Consisting of Conor Wilkins, Donal Fleming, Steven Devine, and Kevin Brew, CPNHGN (koʊpənhɑːɡən) have a sound that is at once emotionally involving and moving, whilst simultaneously completely accessible, every song a sugared pill to get their message across.
Originally from Kildare, the band quote various touchstones like Joy Division, Sonic Youth, Wire, and Magazine, taking their sound, and pulling off that gift of managing to kick the darkness until it bleeds light.
In an age of pre-packaged “product”, CPNHGN have reached back into something more primal, crafting an album that harks back to the truth of analogue recording, preserving every raw emotion and every ounce of passion they can summon, whilst capturing their strident sense of melody and dynamism. This is no genre exercise – this is real.
Recorded over 11 months, this album represents a summation of everything the band has been working towards, capturing the thwarted promise of their previous incarnation, whilst pointing forward to several directions they could well develop in.
This is the first, most important step on a journey. Be there with them at the start.
Words by Steven Rainey