“On his new EP,Faulkner shows a serious knack for crafting edgy, uptempo synth-driven pop music” - NIALLER 9
“Throwback beats and a shot of the show must go on” - GOLDEN PLEC
“Shines a neon light upon the emotional power dynamics that contribute to a bad hook-up, set against a disco beat” - JOE.IE
Release Date: 23/08/2019
Influenced by early dance music and Italo disco, PureGrand’s Painkiller EP evokes being in a sweaty gay nightclub in places such as The Castro or in New York’s Danceteria Club at the turn of the 1980s. This combined with contemporary lyrics on sexuality and heartbreak create a record that looks to the past with a lyrical eye on the modern queer male experience.
‘Painkiller’ follows ‘Swallow Your Doubt’ a more new wave inspired EP released last year to positive reviews. ‘Painkiller’ was written and produced entirely by Faulkner, a visual artist by trade who also designed its album artwork. It includes a feature from indie pop musician GMG (Niamh Goucher) who lends spice to her verse on the second track ‘Crush’.
Faulkner spent last year improving his musical skills as well as spending time creating colourful music videos for his last EP and creating visuals for fellow Irish queer artist, Jack Rua. He has also started gigging and has performed across Dublin (Workmans, Sin E) as well as at some of Irelands best homegrown queer nights such as Glitterhole and Avoca’s Queer Cabaret.
Upon release, Painkiller was featured in a variety of Irish press including, Nialler9, GoldenPlec, Joe.ie & Irish Tatler, and it’s opening track Last Bus had airplay on Tara Stewart’s show on RTE 2FM as well as 8Radio and DDR.