PRAISE FOR 'PEOPLE ARE WEIRD'
(for full disclosure, this is the only bad review it got!)
Wondering Sound: "[an] excellent new record that drenches pop music in fluorescent tie-dye for a final product that is as delightfully loopy as it is utterly irresistible... a Saturday morning cartoon on a heavy dose of ‘shrooms."
The Irish Times: "...the kind of tunefulness that makes a joke of so much contemporary pop music... if there's a more charming album released this year, we'll listen to Emerson, Lake & Palmer for a full week." (4/5)
Totally Dublin: "an LP brimming with confidence and giddy experimentation... People Are Weird is the sound of the summer you’re hoping you have." ('Album of the Month', February 2015)
Nialler9: "Aherne has nailed the catchiness in a distilled songwriting style that moves the music he makes into a wider territory... his best album so far..."
The Thin Air: "Dipping his hands and his listeners’ ears into various pots of sound across the set, Aherne flees from being pinned to one classification, weaving an opus which draws on the influence of past artists and the adventures of his own personal canon."
Impose Magazine: "Weirdo bedroom pop oozing with charm."
State Magazine: "No Monster Club are what you might call a classic Popical Island band and 'People Are Weird' a classic Popical Island record. With Brooklyn label Mirror Universe onboard to give it some international push, 'People Are Weird' may soon be flying the flag for another side of Irish music. We couldn't hope for a better ambassador." (4/5)
When You Motor Away: "a collection of exuberant, at times off kilter, pop tunes that meander, jump around and delight in rather breathless fashion. At its most straightforward, the album delivers perfect pop tunes, but at other times the listener may wonder whether he or she has stumbled onto a guerrilla street theater production."
The Last Mixed Tape: "Joyously manic and bustling with a sheer force of invention, People Are Weird is irrepressible in its individuality." (9/10)
Nooga: "[on People Are Weird], the band finds a natural balance between their euphoric lo-fi bedroom tendencies and a burgeoning propensity for pop introspection... a singular and cinematic pop statement of intent."
Goldenplec: "Instinct and idiosyncrasy are the main forces at play in Bobby Aherne’s band, with results veering between the fantastic and the fantastically crazy... Apart from being socially conscious, this album is cluttered, messy and basically all round brilliant."
The Skier Scribbler: "While it may be a little while until No Monster Club receives the attention they deserve, their output continues to be stellar. Their sound is authentic, feverish and inspired; they have already developed a considerable cult following and it’s only a matter time until the mainstream catches on... People Are Weird is an awesomely unique trip into the psyche of some really weird people. Make sure to give this album a listen."
Raised by Gypsies: "No Monster Club just has that sound on "People Are Weird" that make you think there should be a band out there somewhere that sounds like this so you could just say, "They sound like ____" but that blank need only be filled with the name No Monster Club... unique and wonderful..."
The Sunday Times: "A hotchpotch of rambunctious electropop, ragged indie and zippy grunge that stubbornly refuses to take itself seriously... a messy jumble of sounds, but Aherne somehow makes this ramshackle odyssey work."