Keith Moss & the Tightrope Walkers
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Nov
29
Keith Moss & the Tightrope Walkers @ Gypsy Rose

Dublin, None, Ireland

Dublin, None, Ireland

Oct
19
Keith Moss & the Tightrope Walkers @ Captain Americas

Blanchardstown, Not Applicable, Ireland

Blanchardstown, Not Applicable, Ireland

Oct
12
Keith Moss & the Tightrope Walkers @ Axis Theatre

Dublin, None, Ireland

Dublin, None, Ireland

Music

Press


"Keith Moss and the Tightrope Walkers took to the stage on a balmy summer’s night in Whelan’s to launch the songwriter’s debut album, What Eludes You Moves You... They bounded onto stage with a powerful, visceral live sound that grabbed the crowd’s attention. The pounding rhythms of ‘Torture In Paradise’ reverberated out into the live venue as the band’s grooving support gave weight to Moss’s snarling vocal. Turning the atmospheric sparse studio sound into an aggressive, driving performance the interpretation worked to give a different dimension to Keith Moss’s music. However, it was an encore of ‘The War Outside Your Door’ that stole the show. With its indie-rock swagger and jangling guitar Keith Moss and the Tightrope Walkers created an all-encompassing sound that communicated their musical style perfectly, ending the launch gig on a feeling of artistic cohesion"
- The Journalist.ie - The Journalist.ie


"Promising debut from Dublin alternative maverick - Keith Moss has a couple of fine EP releases to his credit. Now his debut album showcases a singularly intense artist - quirky and experimental but possessing a winning way with memorable melodies and some off-kilter twists and turns...The blissed-out psychedelic textures of 'Under The Sun's Light' recall early Pink Floyd, The Zombies and Traffic while the acoustic 'Fat Men Have To Eat' offers a commentary on corporate greed and demonstrates a satirical, Randy Newman-esque streak...'Sing To Be Saved' is more conventional and wouldn't sound out-of-place on a Depeche Mode or Tears For Fears album. A rewarding listen"
- Hot Press - Hot Press


"Promising debut from Dublin alternative maverick - Keith Moss has a couple of fine EP releases to his credit. Now his debut album showcases a singularly intense artist - quirky and experimental but possessing a winning way with memorable melodies and some off-kilter twists and turns...The blissed-out psychedelic textures of 'Under The Sun's Light' recall early Pink Floyd, The Zombies and Traffic while the acoustic 'Fat Men Have To Eat' offers a commentary on corporate greed and demonstrates a satirical, Randy Newman-esque streak...'Sing To Be Saved' is more conventional and wouldn't sound out-of-place on a Depeche Mode or Tears For Fears album. A rewarding listen"
- Hot Press - Hot Press


"What Eludes You Moves You is almost dystopian in its views, and even the more tender asides on the album are tainted with a dark perspective, making the moments when they do break free from it all the more affecting. It’s on these more low-key numbers that the album triumphs. The folky, dreamy singing and echoing whistles of Maybe It’s Me recall Syd Barrett, in the ethereal vibe of the vocals, and even more so in the evocation of a disconnect from reality. It’s an assured debut...one whose melodies supersede whatever darkness lies within the lyrics"
- Goldenplec - Goldenplec


"What Eludes You Moves You is almost dystopian in its views, and even the more tender asides on the album are tainted with a dark perspective, making the moments when they do break free from it all the more affecting. It’s on these more low-key numbers that the album triumphs. The folky, dreamy singing and echoing whistles of Maybe It’s Me recall Syd Barrett, in the ethereal vibe of the vocals, and even more so in the evocation of a disconnect from reality. It’s an assured debut...one whose melodies supersede whatever darkness lies within the lyrics"
- Goldenplec - Goldenplec


"What Eludes You Moves You is the debut album from Keith Moss, produced by Marc Aubele of Nanu Nanu that contains moments of multi-textured beauty. The quirky beat and percussive melodies of ‘Torture In Paradise’ open the album with a darkly wry piece of pop. Catchy, grooving and fun the music is nicely juxtaposed by the song’s lyrical content. The album has a sense of space and depth, with the intricate production creating textural movement and progression to the sound as the collaborative relationship between Keith Moss and producer Marc Aubele works to give the debut a more mature feel. The emotive synth music of ‘Under The Sun’s Light’ pops and clicks behind the vocal, swirling to create an ever-evolving harmonic background...‘The War Outside Our Door’ delivers the album’s highlight in an 80's indie-soaked piece of pop composition...a hook-laden track that shows the artist’s abilities and hints at sound that could be developed upon in his next LP...An atmospheric album of dynamic peaks and troughs, What Eludes You Moves You is a professional and mature debut from Keith Moss. An impressive introduction"
- The Journalist.ie - The Journalist.ie


"What Eludes You Moves You is the debut album from Keith Moss, produced by Marc Aubele of Nanu Nanu that contains moments of multi-textured beauty. The quirky beat and percussive melodies of ‘Torture In Paradise’ open the album with a darkly wry piece of pop. Catchy, grooving and fun the music is nicely juxtaposed by the song’s lyrical content. The album has a sense of space and depth, with the intricate production creating textural movement and progression to the sound as the collaborative relationship between Keith Moss and producer Marc Aubele works to give the debut a more mature feel. The emotive synth music of ‘Under The Sun’s Light’ pops and clicks behind the vocal, swirling to create an ever-evolving harmonic background...‘The War Outside Our Door’ delivers the album’s highlight in an 80's indie-soaked piece of pop composition...a hook-laden track that shows the artist’s abilities and hints at sound that could be developed upon in his next LP...An atmospheric album of dynamic peaks and troughs, What Eludes You Moves You is a professional and mature debut from Keith Moss. An impressive introduction"
- The Journalist.ie - The Journalist.ie


"Keith (IMRO Young Songwriter Of The Year) and his band the Tightrope Walkers opened with “Rose with Thorns” where they eased us in with their serious hook-driven melodic psychedelic pop sound. Next up they went straight on in with “Torture in Paradise”, their latest infectiously, catchy single. Moss resembles a cleaned up Dylan Moran and to add to the musical comparisons, 60’s and 90’s musical influences could be heard all night, ranging from The Beatles to and The Charlatans, minus the keys..." - DublinConcerts.ie


"Keith Moss is not easily pigeonholed and the Dublin singer-songwriter comes at you from a different angle on each of the songs on his debut...When he is aided and abetted by Nanu Nanu's Marc Aubele, the sound is synth-driven and he sounds like Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan. At other times he can sound like The Blades' Paul Cleary. A compelling box of delights. 4 stars"
- The Mail On Sunday - The Mail On Sunday


"Keith Moss is not easily pigeonholed and the Dublin singer-songwriter comes at you from a different angle on each of the songs on his debut...When he is aided and abetted by Nanu Nanu's Marc Aubele, the sound is synth-driven and he sounds like Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan. At other times he can sound like The Blades' Paul Cleary. A compelling box of delights. 4 stars"
- The Mail On Sunday - The Mail On Sunday


"Highly-anticipated Dublin rockers Keith Moss & the Tightrope Walkers are releasing their debut album What Eludes You Moves You. The album is a collection of lyrical genius, sweet guitar riffs, neat electronic sounds and harmonies...The tracks have a summertime feel reminiscent of a mellow Weezer crossed with The Magnetic Fields"
- Daily Star - Daily Star


"Highly-anticipated Dublin rockers Keith Moss & the Tightrope Walkers are releasing their debut album What Eludes You Moves You. The album is a collection of lyrical genius, sweet guitar riffs, neat electronic sounds and harmonies...The tracks have a summertime feel reminiscent of a mellow Weezer crossed with The Magnetic Fields"
- Daily Star - Daily Star


"Every so often an artist emerges whose music draws so many influences and spans so many genres that they defy classification. This often leads critics into a game of musical pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey. Just close your eyes, throw out your reference and hope it hits the right spot. Young Dubliner Keith Moss and his band the Tightrope Walkers are exactly this kind of act. On their brilliant debut What Eludes You Moves You, the band hurtles breathlessly through electronica, heavy rock and psychedelic pop on a deeply dark and thoughtful record. To properly illustrate the truly diverse nature of these striking newcomers, here is a short list of some of the artists they have been compared to thus far: Ian Curtis, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Depeche Mode, The Zombies, Traffic, The Divine Comedy, Randy Newman, Bernard Butler, Loudon Wainwright III, Weezer, The Magnetic Fields, Tears For Fears, The Doors, The Cure, REM, Smashing Pumpkins, Pixies, The Psychedelic Furs, Ron Sexsmith, The Shirelles, Syd Barrett, Nick Drake and "a stoned 'Weird' Al Yankovic". That one artist can be concurrently compared to so many is an astonishing feat. The blunt and brutal honesty of The Smiths is in fact a fairly accurate reflection of Keith Moss’ own lyrical leanings. What Moves You Eludes You takes the listener down the darkened underpass of disillusion, to a lightless world filled with corrupt politicians and an apathetic public.
It makes sense that an artist like Moss has found himself on the infamous Irish label Reekus Records. He fits in perfectly with the label’s other cult acts like Microdisney and The Blades"
- Daily Mirror - Mirror Group Newspapers


"Keith Moss is a new name for me, but the young Irishman seems to have a strange effect on UK critics, as I can’t recall ever seeing an artist receive so many seemingly disparate comparisons.
The short list includes: Nick Drake, Monty Python, ‘Weird’ Al Yankovic, Syd Barrett, Bernard Butler, Loudon Wainwright III, Richard Hell, Neil Hannon, Lester Bangs, the Beatles, Pink Floyd and the Beach Boys. So what the Hell? Let me throw in Freedy Johnston and Ron Sexsmith.

His recently-released sophomore effort, What Eludes You Moves You, dropped last week and the video for lead single, You Love Silent Films, is certainly worth sharing. So here’s a little game. See how many influences you can spot." - MOKB


"Keith Moss is a new name for me, but the young Irishman seems to have a strange effect on UK critics, as I can’t recall ever seeing an artist receive so many seemingly disparate comparisons.
The short list includes: Nick Drake, Monty Python, ‘Weird’ Al Yankovic, Syd Barrett, Bernard Butler, Loudon Wainwright III, Richard Hell, Neil Hannon, Lester Bangs, the Beatles, Pink Floyd and the Beach Boys. So what the Hell? Let me throw in Freedy Johnston and Ron Sexsmith.

His recently-released sophomore effort, What Eludes You Moves You, dropped last week and the video for lead single, You Love Silent Films, is certainly worth sharing. So here’s a little game. See how many influences you can spot." - MOKB


"Keith Moss is no stranger to the music scene having played with and supported several bands, including Rodrigo y Gabriela. His latest single release, The War Outside Our Door, is a breath of fresh air in more ways than one...An entirely different sound from what we have been accustomed to hearing from our male solo artists. The deceptively political number sends out a positive message without depreciating the quality and catchy nature of the song...with a wonderful tune, uncomplicated musicianship and a common cause for concern. Moss' lyrics and vocals are incredible on this track; simply an added bonus to the social commentary. Well worth a listen" - Claire S Kane


"Keith Moss is no stranger to the music scene having played with and supported several bands, including Rodrigo y Gabriela. His latest single release, The War Outside Our Door, is a breath of fresh air in more ways than one...An entirely different sound from what we have been accustomed to hearing from our male solo artists. The deceptively political number sends out a positive message without depreciating the quality and catchy nature of the song...with a wonderful tune, uncomplicated musicianship and a common cause for concern. Moss' lyrics and vocals are incredible on this track; simply an added bonus to the social commentary. Well worth a listen" - Claire S Kane


“Not that that stops Keith Moss from grandstanding. A curious mixture of Bernard Butler and Loudon Wainwright III, Moss sings songs with titles almost as grandiose as his demeanour…He's an instinctive performer and someone to keep a judicious eye out for”
- Tony Clayton-Lea - The Irish Times


“Not that that stops Keith Moss from grandstanding. A curious mixture of Bernard Butler and Loudon Wainwright III, Moss sings songs with titles almost as grandiose as his demeanour…He's an instinctive performer and someone to keep a judicious eye out for”
- Tony Clayton-Lea - The Irish Times


“Keith Moss, the epicentre of all things eccentric. An utterly-mesmerising amalgam of Nick Drake and a stoned ‘Weird’ Al Yankovic. The songs host a sublime pop sensibility…8/10”
- Hot Press - Hot Press


"In this fast-moving world of instant fixes, twitter trending and constant change it is extremely rare to find an artist who allows his music the time to breathe, the time to develop and grow. It's even rarer to find an artist who takes eight years (yes, years) crafting an album. In the music industry that's four times longer than some careers!

But then Keith Moss is no ordinary artist. He suffers from Patulous Eustachian Tube, a rare, debilitating and seemingly incurable disorder that causes great distress to hear noises generated from inside his body. A particularly distressing disorder for a singer/songwriter.

It's often said that great art comes from pain and that's certainly true for Keith. His new album, What Eludes You Moves You is a work of rare beauty, a timeless classic. It's an album of pain and joy that positively drips with passion and emotion, an album that sounds like Syd Barrett without the drug induced psychosis.

If you ever need evidence that something worth having is something worth waiting for then What Eludes You Moves You is all the proof you need." - The Devil Has The Best Tuna (UK music blog)


"In this fast-moving world of instant fixes, twitter trending and constant change it is extremely rare to find an artist who allows his music the time to breathe, the time to develop and grow. It's even rarer to find an artist who takes eight years (yes, years) crafting an album. In the music industry that's four times longer than some careers!

But then Keith Moss is no ordinary artist. He suffers from Patulous Eustachian Tube, a rare, debilitating and seemingly incurable disorder that causes great distress to hear noises generated from inside his body. A particularly distressing disorder for a singer/songwriter.

It's often said that great art comes from pain and that's certainly true for Keith. His new album, What Eludes You Moves You is a work of rare beauty, a timeless classic. It's an album of pain and joy that positively drips with passion and emotion, an album that sounds like Syd Barrett without the drug induced psychosis.

If you ever need evidence that something worth having is something worth waiting for then What Eludes You Moves You is all the proof you need." - The Devil Has The Best Tuna (UK music blog)


Dublin’s Reekus Records has just released the new single by Keith Moss, ‘The War Outside Our Door’.

It’s his debut on the label and a neat slice of jangly baroque pop it is. It’s available from iTunes or in physical format from http://www.reekus.com.
- Noise


Dublin’s Reekus Records has just released the new single by Keith Moss, ‘The War Outside Our Door’.

It’s his debut on the label and a neat slice of jangly baroque pop it is. It’s available from iTunes or in physical format from http://www.reekus.com.
- Noise


"Dublin based musician Keith Moss is back with a new three track single ‘The War Outside Our Door’. Moss is known for his quirky social commentary and this guitar led indie pop track is no different. Think 80's American indie a la Psychedelic Furs or Pixies with some airy vocals and you’ll have where this track is. This is a definite grower, the more you listen the better it gets.

‘Burn Away Inside’ is more like what I’m actually listening to all the moment. Sparse electronic beats with guitars,keys and vocals. The vocals lie beautifully upon layers of instrumentation. Very different from the previous track but it’s a great indication of what a varied musician Moss is.

The final track ‘The Memory Store’ almost melds what we have seen from Moss in the previous two tracks. In his mixing laboratory, he has again used electronic magic alongside guitars but what separates this tune is the clearness of Moss’ vocals. This is what early nineties indie in 2012 sounds like. Best track on this single for me and leaves itself open for some awesome remixes.

This isn’t bad at all, the further into the material you go, the better Moss gets. More of that please." - nessymon.com


"Dublin based musician Keith Moss is back with a new three track single ‘The War Outside Our Door’. Moss is known for his quirky social commentary and this guitar led indie pop track is no different. Think 80's American indie a la Psychedelic Furs or Pixies with some airy vocals and you’ll have where this track is. This is a definite grower, the more you listen the better it gets.

‘Burn Away Inside’ is more like what I’m actually listening to all the moment. Sparse electronic beats with guitars,keys and vocals. The vocals lie beautifully upon layers of instrumentation. Very different from the previous track but it’s a great indication of what a varied musician Moss is.

The final track ‘The Memory Store’ almost melds what we have seen from Moss in the previous two tracks. In his mixing laboratory, he has again used electronic magic alongside guitars but what separates this tune is the clearness of Moss’ vocals. This is what early nineties indie in 2012 sounds like. Best track on this single for me and leaves itself open for some awesome remixes.

This isn’t bad at all, the further into the material you go, the better Moss gets. More of that please." - nessymon.com


“This mesmerizing newcomer is receiving some serious critical acclaim…Keith Moss has the power to inspire a lot of opinions with his recent release. So what is it about this young Irishman that has everyone’s knickers in a knot? Well, he’s a force of nature, with a penchant for wordplay and looks that rival John Mayer’s pouty visage…It’s no wonder that people are developing a fascination with Moss and his music” - In Your Speakers


“This mesmerizing newcomer is receiving some serious critical acclaim…Keith Moss has the power to inspire a lot of opinions with his recent release. So what is it about this young Irishman that has everyone’s knickers in a knot? Well, he’s a force of nature, with a penchant for wordplay and looks that rival John Mayer’s pouty visage…It’s no wonder that people are developing a fascination with Moss and his music” - In Your Speakers


"Borrowing a few quirks from The Divine Comedy and a few tricks from The Shirelles, Dubliner Keith Moss sounds positively dreamy on debut single The War Outside Our Door, a sweet and woozy piece of alternative pop..." - Hot Press


"Borrowing a few quirks from The Divine Comedy and a few tricks from The Shirelles, Dubliner Keith Moss sounds positively dreamy on debut single The War Outside Our Door, a sweet and woozy piece of alternative pop..." - Hot Press


"A thoughtful, intelligent writer of psychedelic pop, he’s a lithe performer of real potential...A voice to listen out for in the future" - - Hot Press


Discography

ALBUM
What Eludes You Moves You (July 2013, Reekus)

MINI-ALBUM
While The World Sleeps (Nov 2013, Reekus)

EP
Torture In Paradise (March 2013, Reekus)

SINGLE
The War Outside Our Door (March 2012, Reekus)

COMPILATION CONTRIBUTIONS
Maybe It's Me & Now You’re Nowhere (on 'Night Flight To Ireland' album sampler, Korean label)
You Love Silent Films (on 'Too Late To Stop Now' double album, Reekus)
Did I Hear The Whistle Blow? (on 'Ruby Sessions' album, Rubyworks)
The Other Side (on 'Ballroom Of Romance#16' EP)

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Bio

The Irish firebrands followed signing to the legendary Reekus Records by playing this year's prestigious Electric Picnic festival alongside My Bloody Valentine, Johnny Marr, Bjork and Arctic Monkeys. On the back of an intensely-busy Summer that saw them awarded Hot Press 'Band of the Week', pick up airplay from Today FM, Radio Nova and RTE and debut album 'What Eludes You Moves You' receive rave reviews from the Mail on Sunday, Daily Mirror, Daily Star, Hot Press and Goldenplec among others, the album's launch coincided with a sold-out headline show at Dublin's famous Whelans venue. The band has played live on RTE Radio 1 twice already and have appeared live alongside Nanu Nanu, Elevens, Oliver Cole, The Statics, The Walls and labelmates Sweet Jane.