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It takes a villager

With the upcoming release of his new album, The Art Of Pretending To Swim and a show at the latest big music festival on the block, All Together Now, Conor O’Brien from The Villagers sits down with Peter Dunne to talk the commercialisation of Pride, the relief of coming out, and taking a new musical direction.
Photos by Rich Gilligan.

It’s a hot day at the tail end of Pride week in Dublin but Conor O’Brien is enjoying ever sunnier climes. He’s in Madrid just as that city’s own Pride celebrations kick off, catching up with GCN to talk about The Villagers new album. A sonic departure from the raw introspection of Darling Arithmetic, this beautiful new collection of songs was a conscious attempt to try something new.

“I definitely had the intention of making music could move to,” Conor says. “I wanted to make something that would excite the band as well. I’m so used to touring now, wanted to make people dance, something that wasn’t quite so earnest and whispery. I’d done that so much that was bored of it, really.”

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We’ve got so much to talk about in this month’s issue, we’d better get started! Leading the charge is our cover star Conor O’Brien, the voice behind The Villagers. Conor dropped in to talk about their new album and what it’s like being an out gay man in the business. On a further musical note, Irish electro band Eden celebrate 20 years in the industry. They had many a tale to tell and GCN was delighted to listen! The GAZE film festival takes over cinema screens this month so we caught up with Desiree Akhavan, the writer and director of the much-lauded gay conversion therapy film The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, along with the creators of the essential documentary Outitude, detailing the history of Ireland’s lesbian community. On a more serious note, Evgeny Shtorn details his escape from Russian persecution only to be caught in the bureaucracy that is Ireland’s Direct Provision System. Plus Jamie Brady provides a hard-hitting photo essay on the effects on Grindr on the young male psyche. With all that awesome content on offer, you better start reading now!
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