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Dublin, Leinster, Ireland | Established. Jan 01, 2007 | SELF

Dublin, Leinster, Ireland | SELF
Established on Jan, 2007
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"We Carved Our Names in Glass - EP Press quotes"

"Ready to seduce the Irish listening public … exquisite" (Hotpress, 08/08)

"They're definitely one of the best acts to emerge from the capital in years." (RTE Guide, 8/08)

"Much feted on the local music scene." (State, 8/08)

"One of the best unsigned bands in the country" (, 8/08)

"...think along the lines of Arcade Fire, Efterklang and prepare to be immersed in a wall of rich sounds" (, 8/08)
- Various

"Hotpress - Headline Act Interview"

Scanned copy of interview availible below.

- Hotpress - Laruen Murphy

"Hotpress - Subplots - State & Nature review"

"The most welcome of bolts from the blue...the most gloriously delightful opener to come from an Irish group this year. A feast of pleasures, State and Nature shifts from the seductively visceral to deep and responsive melancholia...An absolute gem of a debut". - Hotpress - Steve Cummins

"In Dublin - Subplots live gig review"

"Tonight they follow their mighty performance at this year's Hard Working Class Heroes Festival with a brilliantly sharp and contained set that showcases how much wider their scope actually is. Singer and guitarist Phil Boughton approaches all this fuzzy guitar madness with a voice so sweet and tender, it often seems to get punched black and blue around the room - yet it always remains standing, romantic and dfiant to the end. Poltis is a heart-wrenching example of his vocal freedom: the chiming guitar and bass barely hold the string to Boughton's soaring voice as it finds its way into myriad dark places... Their newer material, such as their fashionably Untitled closer, shows that [Subplots] are not an archetypal 'two-hit-wonder' singles band but one with sufficient guts, gravitas and innovation to easily produce a masterful album. The sooner the better, too" - In Dublin - Johnnie Craig

"NME Ireland - Subplots live gig review"

"Step up, then, [Subplots]. Galvanisers of senses, the trio amble-onstage and sweep into the desolate post-rock that they magnificently proffer. Radiohead, Elbow, Low and even Sigur Rós are the lazy routes to defining [Subplots] sound- yet while elements of all these are palpable, there's something quite exciting and possibly groundbreaking lurking somewhere within" - NME Ireland

"Poltis (State & Nature EP) review"

" ‘Politis’ is a wave of tumbling noise, the chords are set to jangle as Boughton’s voice weaves and bobs to articulate the sincere emotions. This is off-kilter, an oddball gem that should be sending the shudders down plenty of spines over the next while." - MP3 Hugger (blog)

"The Irish Times - Nightycles Review"


Nightcycles Cableattack!! ****

Sometimes you can tell when a band is rich in experience simply by the way they play their instruments. Subplots aren’t exactly veterans of the Irish music scene, but they have been active under various guises for the past few years. As a result of that shapeshifting, their sound has been fine-tuned to precision, and it shows on their long-awaited debut. The term “post-rock” often elicits notions of sombre dreariness, but the trio twist these intricate songs into works of beauty and uplifting sadness with their offbeat structures and ornate melodies. Phil Boughton’s fragile falsetto exquisitely swoops beneath the gorgeous repetition of Politis and the pensive orchestral sway of Violent Sea . Elsewhere, there are star-like bursts of energy and instrumentation to add timely spells of drama. Listen attentively, and prepare to be completely ensnared in the narrative. - The Irish Times - Lauren Murphy

"Nightcycles Blog Feature"

"the prime contender for best Irish album of 2009 is Subplots' Nightcycles. Measured, atmospheric, really accomplished and considering that I've long thought them to be one of the best bands in the country as good as I thought it could be." - Thrill Pier - Thrill Pier -

"AU Magazine - Nightcycles Review"

Subplots have somehow managed to exceed all expectations with their debut album. Following last year’s acclaimed We Carved Our Names in Glasses EP, Nightcycles sounds melodic, dark, ambitious, anguished, delicate and, above all, great.

‘Anchors & Kites’ makes a seamless transition from jazzy drums to the arpeggioed angst-ridden declaration “You’re right, this is not worth the trouble”. ‘Leech’ is both depressive and beautiful in a way that echoes Radiohead’s ‘Knives out’. As with ‘Remainders’, though, it offers a bright last moment with the intervention of poignant guitars.

Throughout, Phil Boughton’s voice - pitched somewhere between Thom Yorke’s fragility and Chris Martin’s falsetto - leads the listener by the hand. You’ll find cello passages in ‘16:9’, dreamy guitars, touching tunes, brilliant glockenspiels, skilful pianos and, finally, with ‘Violent Sea’, gorgeous violins to bring proceedings to a precious close. 8/10 - AU Magazine - Virginia Arroyo


Autumning - LP
(Cableattack!! Attck07)
Released 30th January 2015

1. Wave Collapse
2. The Sunken Wild
3. Escherich
4. Colourbars
5. 9/8
6. Future Tense
7. End of Print
8. Follower
9. Epilouge

Nightcycles - LP
(Cableattack!! Attck06)
Released 8th May 2009

1. 16:9
2. Poltis
3. Leech
4. Anchors & Kites
5. Call to Arms
6. Telephone Wires
7. Tired
8. Remainders
9. Baby Steps
10. Violent Sea

Leech - 7" split w/Halves
(Cableattack!! Attck05)
Released 27th March 2009

Track 1. Leech ( Subplots )
Track 2. Blood Branches (Halves)

We Carved Our Names in Glass - EP
(Cableattack!! Attck04)
Released 15th August 2008

1. Tired
2. All the Rats are Overground
3. Wolves
4. Buildings

Alarm - SINGLE
(Cableattack!! Attck03)
Released March 2008

1. Alarm
2. In Rows of Black and White

State & Nature - EP
(Cableattack!! - Attck01)
Released May 2006

1. Poltis
2. Cost of living
3. Subplots
4. Store in a Dark Place
5. Headstart

All tracks above have received national & international airplay with extensive airplay in Ireland & Spain



Subplots are Phil Boughton and Daryl Chaney. Formed in 2007, the band released a string of singles and limited edition EPs before their debut album 'Nightcycles' was released in 2009. Following tour dates in Ireland, the UK and US in support of the release - the band began work on a follow up. Returning to live action in 2014, the band released two critically acclaimed singles 'Colourbars' and 'Future Tense' in the lead up to the release of their sophomore LP 'Autumning' in January 2015. 

"'The aesthetic lies somewhere in the overlap between Radiohead, the National, and the Twilight Sad, and you’d do well to venture into that zone."  
-Chris DeVille, Stereogum

From the first few seconds of the first track, Wave Collapse, you know that good times are ahead on Subplots’ second album. ...the likes of Future Tense, Colourbars, End of Print and Follower unfold with a singular grasp of subtle dynamics and unfussy melodies, part boldly commercial, part offbeat art-pop, and each of the highest order. 
Tony Clayton-Lea, Irish Times

"Autumning – a very apt name considering the mellow, atmospheric music within – is an utterly captivating album that unfurls rather than explodes. There’s immense craft in the way the myriad of instruments coalesce – and the sophisticated textures never reel forced or contrived." 
John Meagher, Irish Independent

"a nine-track collection of considered music that takes in electronic textures, razor-thin guitar lines, synth passages and falsetto; all set to a nuanced series of percussion and arranged with detail." 

Band Members