Siúcra step up the tension

The nervous tension of Ophelia Mortimer’s singing in Anxiety is augmented by an agitated electric guitar riff and stabbing chords from the rest of the band, Siúcra.

Siúcra, whose members include Ballyhaunis musician Diarmuid Byrne, released their July single Anxiety fast on the trail of their first folk influenced track Travelling Song, from earlier this year.

Diarmuid plays lead guitar to Ophelia Mortimer’s vocals. The five-piece is completed by Ben McGowan (backing vocals and rhythm guitar), Rory Murphy (fiddle) and Owen Shaughnessy (bass).

But Anxiety is unlike Travelling Song in that the Galway act take a more grunge-soaked approach with their latest new single, sparking some curiosity around the style of their forthcoming EP.

Taking influence from acts such as Radiohead, Wolf Alice
and the 90’s early grunge movement, they weave the sounds of this genre with their signature dream folk sound and a hint of Irish trad.

Anxiety follows their second headline gig in the Roisin Dubh, Galway and a slot at the Ballyshannon Rory Gallagher Festival.

The single is available to stream on Spotify:…

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