“We don’t play pop music, we don’t write music for art’s sake, we don’t represent any movements, we’re not hip, we’re not cutting edge, we don’t dress to be cool. We do manage ourselves, we write our own songs, we produce our own recordings, we shoot our own videos, we design and make our own merch and website. We’re not generally negative people, oh yes, and we’re not lefthanded.”
I Am Not Lefthanded
Kathryn – Vocals/Guitar/Piano
Daniel – Vocals/Bass
Benji – Drums
Now also featuring The Stronger Winds
Garner – Piano/Melodica/Vocals
Trevor – Trumpet/Glockenspiel/Vocals
Patrick – Guitar/Air of Mystery
Tyler – Hits Things/Vocals
THINGS PEOPLE HAVE SAID:
“Brimming with infectious and irresistible songs that instantly bury themselves in your head, pushing their melodic roots all the way into your brain and effortlessly flourishing.” (Alternative Ulster Magazine)
“Another of those rare things that at only five seconds in you know instantly you’re going to fall headlong in love with, the bitter sweet cruise controlled drive timing ’Persuade Yourself’ smoulders its way into your affections in a way that these days only Kirsten Hersh manages to do.” (losingtoday.com)
“Songs like ‘Long Goodbyes’ bring me back again. The song invites the bleakness in, then pours it out again, filtered in fight and colour. A song to hold to yourself, to sing to the north-east wind until the dust is out of your eyes.” (fabulist.org)
“Quietly resplendent, self-assured and shimmering sweet pop tunes. An all-too brief evening of sublime music awash with catchy, sparklingly irresistible compositions.” (BBC)
“The Fire & The Sigh pulses with goodness and a relentless bass. You can hear it gently purr like a content cat. More than a warm blanket this album is a Snuggie, a wrap around sonic hug from friends you haven’t seen in a while. I Am Not Lefthanded’s music lingers long after you’ve hit stop and walked away. Just like the best music should.” (New Music Ten)
“They have a great understated, delicate honesty to their approach to a song. Beautifully arranged, leaving each instrument room to breathe. A pitch perfect offering – it makes for simply great post grungy music that I think is very rare nowadays.”(The Mutation)
Fiercely independent, female-fronted Irish indie trio I Am Not Lefthanded are known for their lyrical, evocative songs and quirky homemade videos. Playing uplifting, cinematic indie music, they’ve been described as sounding like ‘Natalie Merchant fronting Death Cab for Cutie’.
Kathryn was born in a small town in the far west of Ireland. While country life was idyllic, she soon found herself yearning for different skies and traded open fields for the winding streets of Dublin. While playing in and out of various pubs and parties she encountered Belfast-born Daniel, leading his own band at the time. She quickly kidnapped him from what he described as “a really bad marriage” and they soon found writing together led them to better places. Kathryn tempered Daniel’s starker melodies with subtle undertones and stronger harmonies, while Daniel added a pulsing bass to lift her mellower songs. On a short exploratory visit to London, they encountered Benji, a Cornish drummer. Benji had toured with bands such as All About Eve, but was between projects. They bonded over early Weezer and Jimmy Eat World and started playing together shortly after. They quickly found he brought a harder edge to their sound, giving more weight to Kathryn’s emotive songs.
After 2 EP releases, Yes Means No and Time To Leave, earned them effusive praise online and in print, the band toured extensively across Ireland and the UK. Their intimate songwriting, focused energy and stirring harmonies brought invitations to tour with bands such as Duke Special and The Rumble Strips. After they made their first visit to the US, with a 15-date tour across 10 states, the reaction from audiences there led them to make a permanent move to warmer climes, settling in San Francisco.
Recent career highlights included headlining a stage at Liverpool’s Sound City Festival and hosting a charity show at London’s Bush Hall. The band’s music has been placed in a number of TV shows and indie films – including a global ad campaign for P&G and ABC’s teen drama Ravenswood and the CW’s Star-Crossed. They’ve also had several songs used by Maddie Ziegler on Dance Moms. They recently played their first Canadian shows at Toronto’s IndieWeek and North by NorthEast Music Festivals.
Fully embracing the joys and perils of the internet, the band completed a partnership with fan-funding website SliceThePie.com to raise $11,000 to make their first full-length album. They spent a year holed up in a country cottage, writing, re-writing and recording. The resulting album, The Fire & The Sigh was deeper in scope than previous releases – more time was spent crafting the songs in a studio space rather than simply recreating the live sound of the band, with Kathryn’s lyrics exploring themes of loneliness, distance and hope for an imminent return.
For their next adventure, I Am Not Lefthanded are recording new songs and filming new videos – further details available at www.patreon.com/iamnotlefthanded