Saint Sister Return With New Single 'Causing Trouble'

Saint Sister – Causing Trouble, The New Single

Listen Here: https://soundcloud.com/saint-sister/causing-trouble-2

“The thick, eerie electro-folk of Ireland’s Saint Sister, not so much haunted as delicately possessed” – The Guardian

It’s easy to get lost in the minimal, chasmic, but beautifully arranged soundscapes” – Stereogum

“Delicate, full, desperate vocal shine” – Entertainment Weekly

“What was I doing all those years?”, asks Morgan Macintyre, one half of the mesmerising Irish duo Saint Sister on their latest single “Causing Trouble”. Reflecting on past relationships and the age old truth that the people you knew in the past never really change despite the fact that everything else does. “The song is about transitioning, from Belfast to Dublin, from an old love to a new, and the gaps that can be found between you and another person or place when people transition at different paces and in different directions."Causing Trouble pulls from a wide range of disparate influences. The arrangement courtesy of Gemma Doherty takes the shimmer of 90’s pop stalwarts Moby and Massive Attack,combining luscious harp textures, crisp vocal harmony with 808 thuds and subterranean bass to create a chasmic slice of modern electronic folk.

The track builds on the success of 2016’s Tin Man. Released in December via the Communion Singles Club the single was met with widespread critical approval and championed on BBC Radio 1 by Huw Stephens. The success of this single saw the band named as “The Best New Band in Ireland” by the readers of The Irish Times as well as receive a nomination for Song of the Year by the prestigious Choice Music prize alongside other Irish heavy hitters Niall Horan and James Vincent McMorrow. The band has had an extremely busy year on the road with a schedule including performances at the BBC introducing stage at Glastonbury, Longitude and Electric Picnic as well as standout showcase performances at Eurosonic and The Reeperbahn festival. They were privileged to join Brooklyn outfit Mutual Benefit on their UK tour in November and last month they were hand picked by Lisa Hannigan to support her on an extensive 20 date European tour.

The band return to the UK in May for a series of headline dates, including a show in the intimate confines of the St Pancras Old Church. Having played their last London show to a sold out Roundhouse, the stark contrast of the ornate and beautiful church will create an ambience not to be missed. At home they perform at the prestigious National Concert Hall, in early June. This is set to be a monumental occasion for the band, a particularly impressive feat given that they have only played 3 headline shows in Dublin to date.

Morgan: There are a lot of references to Belfast - where I grew up - that I wasn't quite aware of at the time.The references to Van Morrison's 'And it Stoned Me' came about after hearing a cover version of the song.
We were playing a gig in the Ulster Hall, Belfast and Conor O'Brien (Villagers) sang the song. His performance opened up the lyrics for me and strangely helped me access Van Morrison in a way I'd been softly rebelling against for a while (having been spoon fed Van Morrison from a young age). I suddenly wanted to gobble up Van again and embrace the music and stories and poetry from Belfast that I used to spend a lot of time with. I think I had shrugged a lot of that off over the last few years as I tried to make my home in Dublin. In doing so maybe I ignored - or forgot - a lot of the raw elements and influences that I used to draw from. The Basin referenced in the song is the Blessington Basin, in Dublin. It's a little park, known as the Secret Garden, which used to be a drinking reservoir. I live right beside it now. It kind of comes out of nowhere. All this water just appears out of a quiet, grotty, forgotten Dublin street, like a mirage. The song is about transitioning, from Belfast to Dublin, from an old love to a new, and the gaps that can be found between you and another person or place when people transition at different paces and in different directions.

Gemma: Morgan first brought some lyrics and melodic ideas and I started working on the arrangement, that's generally how we work together. From the start it felt quite laid back and spacious. I'd been listening to loads of 90s tunes, Moby and Massive Attack, and wanted to keep the verses sparse and give the chorus plenty of space to soar. The first attempt had no harp on it, but it worked its way in when we began playing it live, as its such a big part of our live show. We had loads of craic in the studio with this one with Alex who co-produced it with us. At the last minute we found a beautiful old Wurlitzer in the attic which had some electrical problems; one of us would have to sit on it while the other played to stop it from humming, so it just about made it in!

Tour Dates
27 May - Mountshannon Arts Festival - Clare, Ireland
30 May - The Louisiana - Bristol, UK
31 May - Ort Cafe - Birmingham, UK
1 June - St Pancras Old Church - London, UK
2 June - Gullivers - Manchester, UK
3 June - The Old Hairdressers - Glasgow, UK
7 June - National Concert Hall - Dublin, Ireland
29 June - Innenhof Rathaus - Binzen, Germany
30 June - Guggenheim Kulturhotel - Liestal, Switzerland
1 July - Cafe Verkehrt - Murg-Oberhof, Germany
2 July - Werkraum Schöpflin - Brombach, Germany
3 July - Kesselhaus - Freiburg, Germany
4 July - Fernet Branca - St Louis, France
13 July - Earagail Arts Festival - Donegal, Ireland
14 July - The Band Room - Yorkshire, UK
15 July - Latitude Festival - Suffolk, UK
29 July - Galway Arts Festival - Ireland
1-3 Sep - Other Voices @ Electric Picnic - Ireland
1 Oct - 7 Layers Festival - Amsterdam, Netherlands