about

- frankenstein bolts

Frankenstein Bolts are a Dream-Pop/Folktronica duo from Wexford, Ireland. Members, Justin Cullen and Dan Comerford take influence from a broad array of genres including the indie bands of the early 90s and 80s synth-pop acts.

Frankenstein Bolts’ debut album was a solo project from lead singer, Justin, which was recorded in his home studio and released independently following a successful crowdfunding campaign. The album was well received nationally and gained the attention of a number of radio stations in Ireland, the U.K. and the U.S. Its opening track ‘Sleeping Sacks’ was used extensively by Vodafone. Friend and guitarist, Dan, joined the band soon after and the duo began to gain momentum.
Guinness Amplify judges David Kitt and Nialler9, amongst others, chose Frankenstein Bolts to spend three days in an Irish studio of the bandʼs choice. This allowed the band to record their first two singles. Shortly after, the duo travelled to Germany to perform a show at Frankfurt Messe.
Hot Press magazine have included Frankenstein Bolts in multiple ‘Rising Acts’ articles.

The band’s debut single ‘Up To The Root’ was released in February 2015, and was followed shortly after with a music video for the song. This single, along with their follow-up single ‘Lost Shells’ and their full discography are all available through iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp.
Frankenstein Bolts have played festivals including the Main Stage at Castlepalooza, and the Body & Soul Main Stage at Electric Picnic on multiple occasions. In the lead up to Electric Picnic they featured in Goldenplec’s ‘Top 15 To See’ list, and received a ‘Go’ listing from The Irish Times. The band have also performed a number of times at Dublin’s annual Hard Working Class Heroes festival.

In early 2016 the pair released an EP ‘Cinematic Views’. These four tracks were recorded and produced by the band in their home studio and received highly favourable reviews both from national and international publications.
Frankenstein Bolts have opened for higher profile acts including David Kitt, Tír na nÓg, Michele Stodart (The Magic Numbers) and Malojian.

The band's second album titled 'Aglow & Spark' was released on August 2nd 2017. The new album came to fruition following a successful crowdfunding campaign, and was recorded at Asta Kalapa Studios with Darragh Nolan. It was mixed by Paul Juggins who also worked on the band's debut, 'Slow Season'. The first single taken from 'Aglow & Spark' is the fleeting guitar pop number, 'Anatomic Major', which was released this July to highly favourable reviews. For the remainder of this Summer, Frankenstein Bolts will play some of Ireland's major festivals including Castlepalooza mainstage, Body & Soul mainstage at Electric Picnic, Hard Working Class Heroes Festival, as well as an Irish tour to showcase their new album.
      

Frankenstein Bolts at Curracloe Beach. Photo by Caolan Barron

"Will there be a better, smoother radio-friendly album released by an Irish band this year?"
- TONY CLAYTON-LEA, THE IRISH TIMES


"Part alt folk part synth pop – all gorgeousness”
- GOLDENPLEC.COM

"soothing synths and a devotion to tender folk rock is the order of the day and Cullens captivating voice is the ace up the sleeve. Debut LP Slow Season was a bright quiet start to last year - dig it out now to impress your mates when everyone sits up and takes notice later"
- HOTPRESS HOT FOR 2015


“[Cinematic Views EP is] a euphonic nugget of folk pop music, ideal for the next three months listening. 4/5” - THE THIN AIR

“8.2 out of 10”
- 24OURMUSIC.COM (Canada)