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Ava Vox


Ava Vox
Immortalised
self-released
Release: 6 May 2022

Dublin alt-rock / postpunk artist Ava Vox presents the single ‘Silent Tear’, the latest dark rich offering from debut album ‘Immortalised’, an 8-track collection that is dark and delicious, gothic-infused and evocative of shady places and shadowed lands.

Launched in 2020, Ava Vox is the solo moniker of Elaine Hannon, formerly of 1980s gothic rock / post-punk band The Seventh Veil. A Dublin native, she now lives in County Meath. With a unique vocal timbre and commanding delivery, her musical style ranges from goth rock and post-punk to slow melodic atmospheric and dynamic rock.

The ‘Silent Tear’ video was produced by Jess Bernard with Miles Davis Murphy as director of photography and starring Leigh Mayon / Them Fatale. It was directed by Irish underground visionary Caoimhe Lavelle (a.k.a. Kwoo), a well-known Dublin-based artist, DJ, poet, cartoonist, and manager of the GAZE International LGBTQ+ Film Festival.

“Caoimhe put her own interpretation on Silent Tear, noting that she is absolutely in love with the song and felt it warranted something unique and artistic. I’m eternally grateful to Caoimhe and everyone involved in the production – they all came together and offered their time and artistic talents because they were really into this song and just wanted to support me,” says Ava Vox.

Ava Vox earlier released the post-punk banger ‘Crash’ with Isaac Burke-produced video echoing an ominous warning about environmental devastation as the world crashes down, and ‘Alone Again’, which features bassist James Blennerhassett (Elvis Costello, The Rolling Stones, Marianne Faithful, Van Morrison) and drummer Robbie Casserly (Elvis Costello, Mark Knopfler, The Commitments, Riverdance).

Apart from unique rendition of The Cure’s ‘Love Song’, Soft Cell’s ‘Tainted Love’ and David Bowie’s ‘Life on Mars’, the noteworthy track ‘One Sweet Goodbye’ also involves a 23 Piece String Ensemble/Orchestra by the Four for Music Ltd, Sofia Session Orchestra based in Sofia, Bulgaria.

‘Immortalised’ was produced by Ray McLoughlin (RMC Recording Studios), known for his work with Cliff Richard, Daniel O’Donnell, Francis Black and Rick Astley, in addition to having been musical director for shows for RTE, BBC, PBS America and SKY.

At 17, Elaine quickly graduating from backing to lead vocalist of The Seventh Veil, which disbanded in 1991 after significant airplay, excellent reviews and winning the Battle of the Bands competition, the prize for which was recording time with Dublin producer Paul Thomas (U2, Kate Bush, UB40, Status Quo, Davy Spillane and Clannad).

The ‘Immortalised’ LP is available everywhere, including Apple MusicSpotify and Bandcamp. Together with band members Agris Siksna (aka George), Rick Johnston and Nigel O’Driscoll, Ava Vox will be playing a series of shows in Dublin, including the album launch at the Alternative Sunday Social Club at The Wild Duck on May 15 and Fibber Magees on June 1.

VIDEO PRODUCTION
Director – Caoimhe Lavelle
Director of Photography – Miles Davis Murphy
Producer – Jess Bernard
Neighbourhood Ambassador – Aisling Reina
Costume Assistant – Dearbhla Beirne
Lead role (The Sun) played by- Leigh Mayon / Them Fatale
Other actors: Caoimhe Lavelle, Jess Bernard, Aisling Reina, Dearbhla Beirne

ALBUM CREDITS
Vocals by Ava Vox
Piano/Hammond/keyboard by Ray McLoughlin
Electric Guitar by Enda Dempsey
Bass Guitar by James Blennerhassett
Drums by Robbie Casserly
23 Piece String Ensemble/Orchestra by Four for Music Ltd, Sofia, Bulgaria.
Original lyrics & music written by The Seventh Veil
Artist/Producer: Ava Vox
Producer/Music Director/String Arrangements by Ray McLoughlin, RMC Recording Studios
Engineered by Michael Nestor
Cover artwork & artist photography by Laelia Milleri
Costumery by fashion designer Claire Garvey

Ava Vox – Alone Again

Ava Vox – Crash

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