“Make It Up” is the new album from Irish singer-songwriter Kevin Herm Connolly.
Kevin has been writing songs since he was eight years old. Since then music has been what he has built his life around, for better or for worse. “I’ve tried living without music as my focus, but it has only led me down some dark alleys…,” he says. “This album is the culmination of several years’ work and making it was a joy. Its release was postponed on a number of occasions, with other less joyful things getting in the way. For that reason, I value it even more and I’m delighted it’s finally going out into the world.”
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A Galway native, Kevin cut his teeth in the alt-country band El Diablo before releasing ‘Monsters’, the first collection of his own songs, under the name Herm. Ireland’s leading alternative music magazine (Hot Press) and radio station (Phantom FM) included it in their top ten Irish albums of the year and reviewers drew favourable comparisons with artists such as Beck, The Eels and Tom Waits. The single ‘Year of the Horse’, a duet featuring Nina Hynes, received an honourable mention in the International Song Competition, whose judges include Tom Waits, Ray Davies and Robert Smith. The video for the single ‘Heads’ was nominated for an Irish Music Television Award.
As well as playing regularly around Ireland, Kevin also visits Spain a couple of times per year to play in various cities on the Iberian peninsula (Barcelona, Valencia, Vigo, Porto…). Over the years he has also played in France, England, the US, Norway, Ecuador and Peru, where he lived for a spell.
“Make It Up” reveals a development in Kevin’s song-writing from the quirky and edgy indie pop of his debut to a more reflective and organic approach. This is evident from the singles already released from the album as well as upcoming single “I’m Still in Love with You”. The album will be launched at a gig in the DC Music Club in Dublin on the 5th of May and Kevin will spend the coming months on the promotion trail in Ireland, Spain and Peru.
Reviews for ‘Monsters’:
“An impressive debut” – 4 stars, Metro Ireland
“A must for fans of uneasy listening” – 4 stars, Hot Press
“One of the best Irish albums of the year” – I-Con, Phantom FM
“Understated yet powerful song-craft” – Red Bull Bulletin