After stepping away from the spotlight to focus on family, Dublin brothers Richie and Jamie Martin are returning to the music scene as Cry Monster Cry.

“We released our first album in 2015, and we kind of realised you’ve to go off and live a bit of a life to find things to write about. We went to grow up a bit, to live life.

“We took some time away from music to focus on life, on getting real life experience, to have kids, build houses, and get married. We really concentrated on writing and it was a slow process, but I’m glad we took the time away to do it properly,” Richie told Dublin Gazette.

Cry Monster Cry recently finished recording their as-of-yet unnamed album in Donegal, working alongside prestigious producer Tommy McLoughlin.

Speaking on the new music, Richie says it’s a new direction lyrically, a more personal approach, but the core Cry Monster Cry message will remain the same.

“It’s not a hundred miles away from what we’re known for, but it is different. We didn’t want to be repeating ourselves.

“We’re more focused on reality with this album, the trials and tribulations that everyone goes through. From an instrumental point of view, the new tracks are more stripped back, more acoustic.

Cry Monster Cry are now gearing up to take the new tracks out for a spin at a headline show in Whelan’s on December 1st.

“We’re very lucky that we have a good fanbase who always seem to be interested in what we do. It’s nice for us to be able to come back, we haven’t played Dublin in over a year so it’s nice to have something to look forward to.

“We’re embarking on something a bit new, something we haven’t particularly done before, so it’s good to know we have fans that will stick by us.”

Cry Monster Cry released their new single, Citadel, on Tuesday, giving a taste of what their new record will sound like.

Tickets for the Whelans show are on sale now on Eventbrite, priced at €15.