Coffee House Sessions: Cry Monster Cry

Cry Monster Cry

Irish duo Cry Monster Cry drop by Dylan’s Bar as part of the Coffee House Sessions.

When making music with someone, I can imagine you would want that person to be someone who you don’t mind spending a lot of time with, someone who you know that gets you and someone that you have a unique connection with. So who better to make music with than your very own brother? Irish brothers, Jamie and Richie Martin have done just that, bringing together their musical upbringings to create acoustic/folk duo, Cry Monster Cry, who joined us for Coffee House Sessions.

“We’re really excited. This is our first maiden voyage over to the UK, we did some shows in September but this is our first official tour”, Richie explains as we sit down to chat before their very first set of the tour.

After both having musical upbringings and growing up on folk influences such as Bob Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel, the brothers started writing and making music that represents their folklore roots.

“Our background is in story telling and folklore so we wanted to combine that with music and that’s what we try to do with Cry Monster Cry”, Jamie explains.

“The name comes from a folklore background. When we were writing the songs I was at the University of Dublin studying English Literature and was reading a lot of folklore and fairytales and I think we liked the ideas that it brought up. I think the name reflects some of our darker lyrics and subject matter”.

It was clear to see this influence in the set, as Dylan’s was lulled into their stories accompanied by a mandolin and an acoustic guitar, made even more beautiful with their combined vocal harmonies. It made me wonder if being brothers helped this sound be even more so connected.

“Brothers tend to have a better connection so we don’t have to waste time explaining what we want to do. I’ll have an idea and automatically Jamie will be along the same idea.” Although I can imagine that being in a band with your brother would have some negatives too, as Jamie explains, “you can never get away from music. Because we socialise together as well we hang around with each other a lot of the time so we never get a break from it, but we try hard to do other things as well”.

As we spoke further about influences, I was interested to discover who they were listening to at the moment, which resulted in a surprising answer. “I’ve been listening to things that don’t have anything to do with the music we make at the moment. I’ve been listening to Kendrick Lamar’s album and it’s safe to say we sound nothing like Kendrick Lamar. But I think you can get inspiration from different types of music. We literally listen to anything”. Richie agreed, “I’m doing the same I’m listening to a lot of dance music, and I’ve never listened to dance music before so who knows our next album could be some sort of dance/hip-hop folk record”.

With an eclectic taste in music, Cry Monster Cry conveyed a passion to tell stories and connect with their audience. Jamie expanded on this, “the reason we do it is because we love creating something that’s supported us and you go out and you play for a crowd and they connect with it and they like what you’re doing, that’s why we do it. You’re creating something and you get to share what you love with people”.

I’m personally looking forward to a potential rap/hip hop/dance/folk inspired future album. It certainly is a mix, but it’s a mix that definitely works.