Highly adrenalised harmony guitar pop with a boy/girl lead vocal duo and a beguiling fragility somewhat reminiscent of the first Bloc Party record, interspersed with forays into textured alt. rock (Death Cab, Cure, Pumpkins) and floor-filling groove merchantry (Foals, Interpol, LCD Soundsystem).


agbonlahor formed in early 2008; college friends Patrick and Dom finding common ground in a desire to write concise indie pop vignettes rich in inventive melody and low on self-pity. Taking their cues in equal measure from asymmetric skitz-pop (Forward Russia, early Bloc Party) and lush, bittersweet alt rock (Death Cab for Cutie, The Cure), one can also detect a knowing tip of the hat to late seventies post-punk pioneers Gang of Four and Television in the group's maiden compositions. The band's centrepiece, however, is undoubtedly the boy/girl vocal attack of frontpersons Muireann and Patrick; their harmony and counterpoint very much vital weapons in a diverse musical arsenal.

2009 saw agbonlahor's stock rise rapidly; the addition of Mooncoin sticksmith Steve O’Brien and a series of much talked-about hometown shows culminating in an invitation to play the Mitchelstown Indiependence Festival, with a hard-fought victory at the annual Red FM Transmission Battle of the Bands following soon afterwards. Refinement of material for a debut LP, due later in 2010, is ongoing.