Frankenstein Bolts are a Dream-Pop/Folktronica duo from Wexford, Ireland. Members, Justin Cullen and Dan Comerford take influence from a broad array of genres including the indie bands of the early 90s and 80s synth-pop acts. Frankenstein Bolts’ debut album was a solo project from lead singer, Justin, which was recorded in his home studio and released independently following a successful crowdfunding campaign. The album was well received nationally and gained the attention of a number of radio stations in Ireland, the U.K. and the U.S. Its opening track ‘Sleeping Sacks’ was used extensively by Vodafone. Friend and guitarist, Dan, joined the band soon after and the duo began to gain momentum.
Guinness Amplify judges David Kitt and Nialler9, amongst others, chose Frankenstein Bolts to spend three days in an Irish studio of the band’s choice. This allowed the band to record their first two singles. Shortly after, the duo travelled to Germany to perform a show at Frankfurt Messe.
Hot Press magazine have included Frankenstein Bolts in multiple ‘Rising Acts’ articles. The band’s debut single ‘Up To The Root’ was released in February 2015, and was followed shortly after with a music video for the song. This single, along with their follow-up single ‘Lost Shells’ and their full discography are all available through iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp.
Frankenstein Bolts have played festivals including the Main Stage at Castlepalooza, and the Body & Soul Main Stage at Electric Picnic on multiple occasions. In the lead up to Electric Picnic they featured in Goldenplec’s ‘Top 15 To See’ list, and received a ‘Go’ listing from The Irish Times. The band have also performed a number of times at Dublin’s annual Hard Working Class Heroes festival.
In early 2016 the pair released an EP ‘Cinematic Views’. These four tracks were recorded and produced by the band in their home studio and received highly favourable reviews both from national and international publications.
Frankenstein Bolts have opened for higher profile acts including David Kitt, Tír na nÓg, Michele Stodart (The Magic Numbers) and Malojian. Frankenstein Bolts have successfully completed another crowdfunding campaign to help bring to fruition their second album, due for release in 2017.