Inspired by Grandaddy, Nick Cave, Wilco and Sparklehorse, the themes revolve around the human condition and the journey of transformation which is alive in the world today.
Hallinan began working with Steve Dwane on the band ‘Thinkerrs’, releasing ‘Black Dog’ in 2013.
That album’s songs were described by Lauren Murphy in the Irish Times as being “in thrall to Nick Cave’s dark, squally rock [while] others have a lighter, Van Morrison-esque cadence”. Nialler9 noted them as one of the bands to watch in that year’s Hard Working Class Heroes Festival.
JotA have released two singles (Take That Technology & Newborn) from their debut EP ‘The Sacred Animal’, both of which have received widespread local, national and international coverage on radio, blogs, newspapers and playlists, from RTE Raidió Na Gaeltachta to Come Here Floyd Blog in New York.
On the recording of ‘The Sacred Animal’ Hallinan notes: “We were really lucky to get the drums recorded before everything shut down in 2020. We were then able to self-record and mix the rest of the tracks remotely during lockdown. From a sonic point of view, I wanted to capture something changeable, a little volatile, even playful but ultimately heartfelt. It’s tricky to sum up the themes but something I was thinking a lot about during the writing and recording is the loss of our connection to both our animal and our spiritual selves in modern culture.
And how this has caused a great grief and wounding that we see everywhere. The Sacred Animal seems to be exploring some of the strands of this, as well as the healing potential inherent in this breakdown. The term apocalypse does mean to reveal after all.”
Listen to The Sacred Animal below,