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Butterfly Explosion

Dublin, Leinster, Ireland | INDIE

Dublin, Leinster, Ireland | INDIE
Band Alternative Rock


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"Live review - Whelan's (Dublin, Ireland)"

"The band were simply on fire. You can hear a million different influences intertwined and it can seem like Mogwai, My Bloody Valentine and M83 are all on stage at the same time ...a band on a mission to prove that they will become one of the greats of the current Irish music scene."
- www.drop-d.ie

"interview - SXSW 2010"

"This Dublin-based band is gaining fans all over the world for its innovative and hypnotizing sound."

- Spinner

"interview SXSW - March 2010"

“Dublin rockers The Butterfly Explosion, who've been compared to M83 and My Bloody Valentine, take their own ruggedly beautiful dream pop twist on the shoegazing aesthetic of the 90s.”

- The Alternate Side (NYC)

"Live review - Neutral (Toronto, Canada)"

I mentioned last week that Dublin's Butterfly Explosion demonstrated some impressive growth between their first EP and their new Turn The Sky release - well if their live show was any indication, their next release, whenever it comes, will be a quantum leap ahead and surely be something special.

From listening to their recordings, it was evident to me that they had the tools and potential to create something remarkable. From seeing them live, it's evident to me that they're just about there. Can't wait to hear what they do next.

- chromewaves.net

"live review - SXSW 2010"

"I had never heard of these guys before, but upon catching their set, I am thoroughly hooked."

- www.DecoyMusic.com

"live review - SXSW 2010"

“When you go see a band because they're labeled "shoegaze," you get a smile on your face when you see them set up 19 different foot pedals on the stage. You don't need to double-check your SXSW schedule. You know you're in the right place ...With Silversun Pickups whetting the alternative crowd's appetite, these guys might actually find a niche in America”

- The Village Voice (NYC)

"album review (USA)"

“Lost Trails, The Butterfly Explosion’s full length debut, feels like a dream from which you never want to wake.” - 5/5 - www.thesilvertongueonline.com

"album review (UK)"

"The Butterfly Explosion have a truly epic sound and the sheer magnitude of ‘Lost Trails’ is astonishing." - 5/5

- www.punkrockistnichttot.com

"album review (USA)"

"A sort of alt pop fantasy that is built from rather familiar parts but manages to be just a bit better than the bulk of the bunch. What comes out of this seemingly simple arrangement is something to behold.”

http://www.staticmultimedia.com/music/reviews/butterfly_explosion_-_lost_trails - www.staticmultimedia.com

"album review (UK)"

“this type of music has a beating heart with a beautiful sound structure”
– 4/5 - Forge Press (University of Sheffield)

"album review (UK)"

"Butterfly Explosion may have missed the boat by some 20 years in the alternative rock scene, but songs like these are utterly timeless. There’s 9 years and 9 months of music to come this decade and if anything can top Lost Trails, we could have a new golden age."
- 5/5

- The Courier (the Newcastle University student paper)


"Vision" EP
"Turn The Sky" EP

"Lost Trails" debut LP
(released: 2010)
1 Closer
2 Tracing Stars
3 Sophia
4 Chemistry
5 Automatic
6 Turn In You
7 Insulate Dreams
8 Carpark
9 Crash / ...See You On The Other Side
10 A Nearer Sky
11 A Warmer Moment



Butterfly Explosion are a band from Ireland that blend powerful spiraling music with delicate vocals to form rich soundscapes of beautiful melodies, gliding between moments of ethereal dreampop and explosive sonic bliss.

The debut album 'LOST TRAILS' was released in March 2010 on Revive Records. 'Closer', the first single, had already received extensive airplay from Ireland's leading alternative music shows such as Paul McLoone(TodayFM) and Dan Hegarty(2FM) who described the track as "My Bloody Valentine meets M83 meets Sigur Ros in Heaven".

Within a couple of weeks of the album release, more tracks such as 'Chemistry', 'Insulate Dreams', 'Sophia' and 'Tracing Stars' began to stir interest in the USA and with the album entering an increasing number of stations' Top 30 playlists, 'Lost Trails' broke into the CMJ 200 college radio charts after just 2 weeks, rising to #121 by the end of March. The album has also featured on Toronto DJ Alan Cross' popular Explore Music on CFNY 102.1.

Following on from a UK tour in February with God Is An Astronaut, including a sold out date at London's ICA, the band headed over to the States to perform at SXSW 2010, playing Philadelphia, New York and Chicago en route to the festival. Their official showcase attracted a full venue at Habana Calle with interest coming from two of New York's biggest webzines. The Brooklyn Vegan said "this is what i call "epic shoegaze"", while The Village Voice wrote a full review summarising "With Silversun Pickups whetting the alternative crowd's appetite, these guys might actually find a niche in America". When Drowned In Sound recently had a series of articles dedicated to the diverse influence today of the early 90s shoegaze scene Butterfly Explosion were amongst the new artists highlighted as ones to watch.

Since the debut album release the band have toured UK, USA, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Austria and Spain. Other highlights have included festival appearances at SXSW in Austin, Liverpool Soundcity, Electric Picnic Festival, CMW Toronto and Barco Rock Fest in Portugal.