Feb 5, 2018 10:51 AM

Pity of the Sea is the music project of Limerick duo Ger Cremins and Tony Monahan (Protobaby). The duo came together out of a mutual love of the music of a number of artists. They have posted all their links inside the music community on chatsong, search for pity and you will see all their music links, and a video. Read my debut EP review, listen to their songs and give votes and comments underneath this review.


Pity of the Sea have created an EP that challenges the listener on the sometimes pre-conceived notions we have of perpetrators of serious crimes. The 'Abandoned' EP creates a narrative of a serial killer from birth to the point of his most serious of crimes. The early songs chapter the disturbing early years of the protagonist's life. 'Juliet' gives the perception of hope but 'Smile' and 'Weeds'  take us on a journey where things have gone past the point of no return. The music creates such soundscapes that marry superbly with the challenging storyline.

Myself and Ger have gigged together on and off over the last few years and have always shared similar views on original bands and on all things music. Ger had written some songs with an acoustic slant in late 2016 and wanted me to produce these songs, looking to create big full band arrangements. I always have a lot of song ideas of my own stored away so I played some of these for Ger. We worked with those ideas and reworked Ger's acoustic songs. These songs became what is now the 'Abandoned' EP. That's how Pity of the Sea was formed.


Tony Monahan: 
Tony has been a part of the original music scene in Ireland for many years. He has regularly toured both nationally and Internationally with various original acts, releasing numerous albums, EP's and singles with bands such as Protobaby, Kraven and Just. He is a founding member and a current member of Limerick band Protobaby.  Collaboration and Production of other music acts have also become an important part of his work in recent years. He mentors teenage songwriters and performers through Music Generation Limerick City and is a guitar tutor at The Peter Dee Academy of Music.   

Ger Cremins: 
Get has been a part of the cover band scene for a number of years now, working with artists such as Pat Byrne (Hedfuzy) and Aidan Graham (ex-Protobaby). He has performed with acts in Dolans though the Mary I Music Society and performed in the Irish language with Liam Ó Maonlaí (Hothouse Flowers).  As a Primary school teacher, in collaboration with Tony, he has directed and produced a video with Broadford N.S. of The Riptide Movement's 'It All Works Out'.  The video appeared both on RTE television and featured on Bressie's 'A Lust for Life' website. He continues to work with students in creative projects and choirs. 

This duo calls themselves Pity of the Sea, it is a musical project from Tony and Ger. Above you can read more about their past and biography as musicians, both have a teachers background in music and they still do that. They have released a debut album recently " Abandoned" which I will be going to review now. Read my debut album review of this Irish alt-indie rock duo, more information about the EP can be found on their Bandcamp and website which you can find there as well. 

I will start with their song " Monster" the intro starts lovely with the acoustic guitar in the intro, following up by slowly dancing beats and drums. The opening of this song is very good, great used electronic additions together with the acoustic and melodic instrumental sound. I like his vocal sound it is calmer but he has some very high octaves Which sound very pure in the intro, it really fits by him. I would say this track is a great potential for many radio stations, tv shows, charts, music lovers and record labels. It can become a hit song, it has it all. 

Another track is " Abandoned" it starts again with beautiful guitar slides, in the intro. Then he starts to sing and his voice really is amazing in the higher octaves, so pure and powerfully. he is a brilliant singer and has a lot potential, there are tiny moments vocally which he can practice on in some octaves. Further then that, their music is stunning and wonderfully produced. They sure are a great indie alt duo, I like their mysterious and dreamy style. 

Then we have " Juliet" The intro starts again with great guitar slides, drum, and other instrumental sounds. I really love their style, with the synths and many other electronic sounds. Also, the way the song is sung with original vocals, but as well an enhancer it totally fits in this track. They sure have a refreshing sound, with their dreamy and mysterious sounds. It totally fits by this duo, and they have created a new genre almost. This alt duo is a potential for radio stations, festivals and anything related in the music field. 

Another song is " Smile " I like the vocal enhancer in the intro, it really fits with the instrumental sounds and electronic sounds. I really love their instrumental work, it is really stunning to hear. In this track, his vocals not entirely fit by the genre of the track. Not that he doesn't have an amazing vocal, He sure does especially in the song "monster". This song is more alt rock, and his vocals are high and pure but also a little too sweet for this rock track. I would love to hear more aggression in vocal, I sure know he knows what I try to advise it is no critic. 

The latest song on the album is " Weeds" The intro is really amazing, great electric guitar slides, drums, and other instrumental sounds. It seems he already has followed up my advice haha because this is what I want to hear. I hear more aggression while singing, this fits perfect by this amazing alt-rock track. I would say this track is together with " Monster" is the best track on the album vocally, but instrumental all of their tracks are stunning. I also believe when they will perform on stage, they would even sound better. This band makes really stunning music, and have a lot potential to become a well-known band with their own created alt style.

This duo has really made an amazing debut album, vocally the singer is very powerful and can reach beautiful higher octaves as well lower, calmer and deep octaves both sound good. Only my advice is that he uses in the more uptempo rock songs, the more aggressive vocal he used in " Weeds". And when they make a calmer track he uses the octave of the song Monster that fits his voice amazingly. Besides that this duo is brilliant, and sure are a talented duo and love their style a lot. Their album has to be heard and shared around the world, therefore share this review as much as you can and give votes and comments underneath this review. 




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