One of the most exciting musical acts to emerge in the Midlands in recent years will launch its new single with a free concert in Athlone this Saturday night (June 9).
Kiosoma will be performing in the Cellar Venue (formerly Bozo's / Club Viva) on Church Street, with support on the night by Tracey Bruen and Brian Carr. Doors open at 8.30pm.
The single - 'Lost In The Middle' - was produced by James Darkin, who has previously worked with acts such as Hozier, Gavin James, and Rihanna.
Recorded in Herbert Place studios in Dublin, it will be available on sites such as Spotify, iTunes, and others.
The video for the single went online today and can be viewed here:
Kiosoma was formed by Athlone native Tadhg Kelleher and lead singer Orla McBarron from Swanlinbar in Cavan.
Tadhg and Orla met while they were both studying music in UCD. The group also consists of Colm Noonan and Paul Shanagher from Athlone, and drummer Daniel Noonan from Delvin.
The band has been gigging a lot lately and has supported acts like Hudson Taylor, Wyvern Lingo, and Keywest.
Orla answered these questions for us ahead of the single launch this weekend:
* What is your earliest memory?
Getting a Furby for Christmas.
* When did you first develop an interest in music?
When we were younger, my siblings and I would put on shows for our parents in the kitchen after dinner and I would make up songs and sing them.
* How would you describe Kiosoma's musical style?
Funky electro pop.
* Tell me about the new single, 'Lost In The Middle'?
It’s an upbeat pop track with a punk attitude. It has a dark undercurrent to it but has a definite positive message. It's a song about staying true to yourself and not letting other people's dramas and mind games get to you.
* What is your own favourite album?
'Electric Lady' by Janelle Monae, but I'm also loving SZA’s album 'Ctrl' at the moment.
* Do you have a favourite song?
Too many to choose!
* What is your current state of mind?
* Most memorable gig or career highlight to date?
Kiosoma’s first gig - my first ever gig - in the Malt House in November of last year. Having people sing our songs back was a bit surreal.
* What's your favourite food?
* What is your favourite place in the world to visit?
* What are your hopes and plans for the rest of 2018?