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Band biographies

Tiny

Hallucinogenic piano pop / avant-pop

Short

Dr. Mindflip delivers a hefty dose of what Synthesis Magazine called “avant-pop…with teeth” – a masked, mysterious 5-piece oozing out chamber pop with a dark, jazzy edge.

Medium

Dr. Mindflip deliver a hefty dose of what Synthesis Magazine called “avant-pop...with teeth”. Their theatrical performances and chameleonic musical stylings have quickly made them a cult favourite around Ireland and beyond – with over 25,000 downloads of their music released on the American netlabel blocSonic.

The playful psychedelia of a live Dr. Mindflip show is a truly unique experience. The doctor and his masked musicians are the Lynchian lounge band of your dreams - undulating between jazzy avant-pop ditties and wild outer-space improvisations. The antics of characters such as the aristocratic Owly, the soulful saxophone-wielding Sage, and the gently unnerving Dollhead ensure that no two Dr. Mindflip gigs are the same.

Long

Dr. Mindflip shake up a refreshing, complex cocktail - delivering a hefty dose of what Synthesis Magazine called “avant-pop...with teeth”. Their theatrical performances and chameleonic musical stylings have quickly made them a cult favourite around Ireland and beyond – with over 25,000 downloads of their music released on the American netlabel blocSonic.

The playful psychedelia of a live Dr. Mindflip show is a truly unique experience. The doctor and his masked musicians are the Lynchian lounge band of your dreams - undulating between jazzy avant-pop ditties and wild outer-space improvisations. The antics of characters such as the aristocratic Owly, the soulful saxophone-wielding Sage, and the gently unnerving Dollhead ensure that no two Dr. Mindflip gigs are the same.

2017 has been a busy year for the band. Their brand new interactive movie The Improbable End of Owly premiered at Electric Picnic in a custom-built performance carriage that was, like their accompanying gig in the Trailer Park area, filled to capacity. A DVD release is on the cards for 2018.

Their dangerously extravagant full-length debut album was funded successfully on Kickstarter in May - raising 315% of its target. Mastered by a Grammy award-winning engineer, Roominations: An Unofficial Parody is a trip deep into the heart of a cinematic catastrophe – a psychedelic rock opera based on the worst movie ever made - and will be released independently later in 2017.


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Reviews

“Avant-pop with teeth...a master of reinventing catchiness”

- Synthesis Magazine

"A well-known and well-talked about act on the scene...Dr. Mindflip are truly unique, enthralling their audience both visually and aurally"

- Displace Studios 

“Dr. Mindflip is one of those artists for which the word creativity seems to have been created. Sometimes melancholic, sometimes agitated, but always intriguing, his musical world will get you to colourful and hypnotic places”

- Jamendo

“Here is an artist that has a clear vision. Nick Cave, Ben Folds, and Wilco rolled into a style touched with psychedelia and melancholy with lyrical gymnastics. His lyrical style is direct and slightly mind-bending at times – one of the best qualities of Tori Amos. He isn’t Justin Beiber or Drake, and that’s a good thing. We need more artists that have a future, that aren’t a flash in the pan. Dr. Mindflip is one of my choices for artists with a bright, long career ahead of him”

- The Cerebral Rift

“Dr. Mindflip’s music features the perfect compromise between his enormously inventive arrangements and conventional music structures. In a garden of fools is a superb and successful attempt at combining unique and artistic songwriting with joyful listenability”

- Jamsphere

“Intriguing lyrics followed by perfect accompaniment…[In a garden of fools] is one album you do not want to miss”

- Pure M Magazine

“A large degree of contemporary elements at work...an approach that is all about the expression”

- Unsigned & Independent


Q&A with Dr. Mindflip

(interview with Nitelife.ie, June 2016)

How and when did the band form?

Here’s a recipe:
1. Take one misfit hurling songs out into the ether
2. Add three other rare varieties of nut
3. Soak in alcohol
4. Blend together with a pinch of generational disillusionment
5. Let simmer for about 3 years
6. Voila!
(TD;DR – we met in college)

Where did your name “Dr. Mindflip” originate from?

Dr. Mindflip knows what’s good for you! He’s the part of your mind that can throw all the toys out of the attic, invite all your demons around and get a damn fine party going. Basically, whenever we record or play live, Dr. Mindflip is what lets us all break loose. Each time, it gets a little more intense – no telling where it’s going to end up bringing us.

Who or what are your influences?

Generally, whiskey, board games, terrible movies, terrible decisions and our spirit animals. Musically, we’re a bit of a Frankenstein cocktail. The Doctor himself has an actual PhD in digital instrument design, but he devours weird rock music, ambient noise and pure cheese. Owly is a pure punk at heart but dips his beak into folk and bluegrass. The Barren has a background in contemporary classical music but thrives on jazz and J-rock. And Dollhead loves old-time rock n’ roll and gospel but creates filthy, eccentric techno in his downtime. The usual, like.

How has your music evolved since the band began?

Since the last song began, probably! Our core ingredients of moodiness, mania and pianowhackery have stuck around, but we keep slithering in and out of different cracks. We’ve become more comfortable with being uncomfortable – just following our collective instincts when it comes to writing and playing. There are definitely a lot more extremes in our upcoming album – the mellow bits are more spacey, and the aggressive bits are more roof-lifting than before.

Where can someone access your music?

Freeloaders rejoice! All 4 of our EPs so far are available for free. Download them online (in tasty FLAC or 320kbps MP3, with full artwork and lyrics) from our marvellous label BlocSonic, stream us on Spotify, Bandcamp, Soundcloud… And if you dig the tunes, do drop us a line on Facebook or Twitter and let us know – keeps the old spirits warm, so it does.

How has being from Ireland affected your music?

Sure, if we weren’t all so messed-up, repressed and full of shame, we’d have no need to be doing this. We’d be chasing our smiling, rosy-cheeked offspring around a park with a labrador and a kite, or something.

Do you have any plans for the rest of 2016?

We’re about to finish off our biggest, darkest and most bizarre project yet – a rock opera inspired by our favourite movie ever, Tommy Wiseau’s incomparable The Room. It’s the first full-length DRMF album and it’s shaping up to be a really intense, surprising trip. We’re so hyped about getting it out there, it’s tearing us apaaaht! We’ll also be doing a few gigs around the country, two special shows at the Alternative Kilkenny Arts Festival, and some secret festival dates to be announced soon…

Any last words?

Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it. Don’t wait for it. Just let it happen. And support original Irish music. Go to gigs, buy singles and albums, share your favourites online, chat to the artists…there are so many amazing acts around the country right now and it’s never been easier to discover and connect with them.