Classically trained Eilis Frawley’s debut release of drum and spoken word are unlike anything you’ve heard before and show her as one of the most innovative artists around.
Eilis Frawley biography
“…tight and catchy beats” – Tom Tom Magazine
“As the subtle, commanding power of Frawley’s poetic spoken word lyricism flows, the track builds to a psychedelic electronic soundscape, oozing a swirling emotion and sparkling, ethereal majesty. Fusing together innovative layers of instrumentation and speech, it’s a wonderfully unique cacophony, with a truly stirring sentiment that resonates deeply” – Get In Her Ears
“Krautrock-precision drum rhythms overlaid with straight and true spoken word vocals. If we had to pick two musical reference points, we’d say it has the attitude and style of Tune-Yards coupled with the experimental swagger of Battles” – LOLA Magazine
Graduating from the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide, Australia Eilis Frawley then studied under Eugene Ughetti, leading percussionist in Australian contemporary music and founder of SPEAK percussion, before relocating to South Korea. With solid classical training it was during her time in South Korea her drumming career began performing with Baekma (including the recording and release of an EP and two albums released via Loose Union Records), New Blue Death, So Long Buffalo, Lish’s Swingtime Band and guesting with The Barbarettes. As well as touring in South Korea (Busan, Daegu, Osan) Frawley also toured in Japan (Kyoto, Tokyo, Osaka) during this time.
In mid-2016 Frawley moved Berlin to further pursue drumming as a profession including with bands Party Fears and I Drew Blank. 2017 saw many tours with Party Fears including playing Women’s Work (Belfast) and Loud Women Fest (London) and in 2018 an EP was recorded with Party Fears leading to support shows with Say Sue Me and The Beths. I Drew Blank formed in the later part of 2018, releasing two singles before recording and releasing debut EP ‘Interesting Life Choices’ in June 2019 (via Spaeti Palace).
2018 also saw the beginning of Frawley’s solo project, and the release of first solo video ‘Intellectual Men’, which gained great interest from media platforms such as Tom Tom magazine, Curated by Girls, Loud Women and Arte Tracks. It gained attention from drumming platforms for the use of samples and complex drumming and from feminist blogs for the strong and relatable message.
In 2019 Frawley worked on a longer set of similar work combining drumming with spoken word and samples. Focused on telling personal stories and daily observations through spoken word, the project quickly became a collage of spoken word, moody synths and challenging drum parts. Lyrically they aim to be as direct as possible and to tell her stories in a raw context, in no way disguised, but in a simplistic and literal manner. Frawley said of her solo work, “I hope those who hear my work can relate to the stories about growing up, feminism, mental health and the challenges of being an ‘outsider’”.
Eilis Frawley signed to Reckless Yes in autumn 2019 ahead of the release of digital single ‘illusions’ and a debut EP due for release via the label in early 2020.
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Music and discography
- strangers – digital single – December 2019 (Reckless Yes)
- illusions – digital single – October 2019 (Reckless Yes)
For latest live dates please see artist’s website and social media. Next live dates are:
- 13 December – Adelaide, Ancient World
- 8 January – Adelaide, CoMa The Wheatsheaf
- Eilis Frawley’s second single ‘strangers’ out digitally now
- Eilis Frawley releases debut single ‘illusions’ with LOLA Mag premiere
- Eilis Frawley signs to Reckless Yes