202s marry vintage synth sounds with the pop instrumentation of melodicas, glockenspiels and harmonicas, then filter the lot through a post-punk haze. Formed as a duo in April 2007, they operated initially as a studio outfit and immediately set about crafting their debut album. In August 2008 they expanded to a 3 piece & began performing live regularly. Their self-titled debut album was released in Ireland & France in March 2009 & Germany in June through Parisian indie Le Son Du Maquis (home to A Certain Ratio & more). Northern Irelands' AU Magazine described it as “a beautiful Frankenstein of a record” while prominent French music mag Magic RPM called it “a mixture of harmonica, psychedelic sounds, a taste of pop & a funk base”. Germanys' Musikexpress meanwhile described the bands' sound as hymnal Kraut-pop from Dublin. In describing the albums’ sound other commentators have referenced acts including Stereolab, the Flaming Lips, Eno, Can, Grandaddy, Primal Scream, Air, Kraftwerk, Neil Young and The The. Highlights since the albums’ release have included sharing a stage with acts including A Certain Ratio, Super Furry Animals and Fujiya & Miyagi and a well received performance at this years’ Oxegen festival in Ireland. New material will be released early in 2010. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

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