Cathal Coughlan is an
singer songwriter, formerly of
The Fatima Mansions. His work with both bands has received much critical
acclaim, as has his solo material.
His lyrics focus on politics, the seamy side of relationships and the
interplay between the two, utilising surreal imagery and literary and historical
references. He also sets his songs against varied musical styles, encompassing
techno and eschewing any clear or confining identity. His work can be tough
and uncompromising, but full of melody, invention, strange key-changes and a
delight in playing with the traditional structures of the pop song.
He has also recorded with comedian
Sean Hughes as "Bubonique" releasing a number of CDs parodying current
musical trends including "20 Golden Showers" and "Trance Arse Volume 3" .
His voice has prompted comparisons with
Scott Walker, whom Coughlan considers a major influence. As a solo musician,
he has completed four albums, the most recent of which is Foburg. The first
album, Grand Necropolitan, is available to download for free from his website.
Coughlan is based in London and has become increasingly involved in musical
theatre. In 2006 he was described in The Irish Times as the 'genius of Irish
rock'. He was the subject of the documentary 'The Adventures of Flannery' which
had screenings in Cork, Belfast, Dublin and further afield. Coughlan's new music
will be released in 2009.