Autonomous i New Band Kids On The Block

We were first to warn the public of an IMF bailout, we were first to predict Spring Awakening would win the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera, now permit us to introduce you to Tipperary’s newest ‘Rock Band’ sensation, which are quickly taking Ireland by storm, meet Autonomous i.

Autonomous i are:- Frah Butler – Guitar and Vocals, Daragh Kennedy – Guitar and Vocals, Jamie Kelly – Bass and Vocals, Eddie Dwan – Violin, Synth and Damien Murphy – Drums.

Since first forming in a dark damp community hall here in Thurles, Co.Tipperary, Autonomous i have been honing their songwriting and performance skills to the point where their music is influenced equally as much from within the group as it is externally. These five lads fuse sounds together from a breathtakingly broad sonic palette and have produced a range of original tracks, for which a well stocked duke box would happily surrender it’s last dime.

The band’s live shows are varied in the extreme and the band seamlessly navigates through rock, funk and dance inspired grooves, with an infectious confidence and cheeky grins. Fronted by one of the most powerful set of lungs on the Irish indie rock scene today, Frah Butler, this band have gigged throughout the country in venues such as Whelan’s, HQ the Sugar Club and the more recently in the RDS Toys for Big Boys Expo in Dublin. The Crane Lane in Cork and are being overwhelmed with positive criticism from the likes of Duke Special who described their music as being ‘intriguing and wonderful’.

This diverse group of five very talented musicians, which include a classical violinist and dreadlocked ‘Reggae Inspired’ drummer, are no ‘Three Cord Trick Chancer’ band pushing their luck, here are music makers who have served their apprenticeship and qualified with first class honours.

Produced by Ken McHugh, this merger of intelligent lyrics together with indie rock music, 80’s style synth, soaring violin with a touch of funk and dance inspired grooves, manufacture some seriously inspired gems, like –Stand Up and Take It, Car Activate and Start Again. These three very different tracks demonstrate why Autonomous i  are not being ignored or pigeonholed by the music world!

Autonomous i can really do it live too, rapidly building a reputation for inspired, exciting, electrifying performances, seamlessly navigating through a rainbow of sounds and rhythms, which you have to experienced in the flesh, to totally appreciate.

Check out the songs, check out the website, with more dates to be added, watch out for Autonomous i at a venue near you, remembering you heard it first from


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