Dublin’s most popular dance act might have left behind the world of major labels, but with the addition of former Fight Like Apes vocalist Mary-Kate Geraghty to the band, an international-class distance runner on drums and an absolutely pulsating live show, they remain an act to be watching out for.
Few acts are quite like Le Galaxie. Locally notorious for their late-night festival shows, glowstick showers, shiny stage outfits and thumping dance-pop beats, they’ve evolved where their peers have stagnated.
With the addition of an Irish music legend in Mary Kate Geraghty, they have the potential to push the boundaries a whole lot further, despite saying goodbye to major label Universal after just one album.
Their sound is euphoric: bleepy and charmingly sing-along, lively and driving. They bounce across the stage, blazing through tracks like impressing at any individual show is the criteria for ever getting to do another.
They’ve established a phenomenal depth of local loyalty in Dublin, in part thanks to the constant, lively evolution. It’s personified this time around in Geraghty.
“The decision to bring Maykay [Geraghty] in full time came in the middle of our sessions with the producer on this album,” frontman Michael Pope says of the band’s new addition.
“She was doing vocals already, and came in during the latter third in more of a songwriting kind of way. We should have done it a year earlier, really.”
“It was like a movie. I kept it really cool in the office when they asked me, and then got outside and flipped,” Geraghty jokes. “Before that I’d been doing one song a show with them for a while, but it’s frustrating to go out, go crazy for three minutes and then come off.”
“We’d started to bring her on for more songs,” Pope continues. “The dynamic of her being on stage is like a bolt of lightning. It isn’t all about myself and Mary, call and response or anything like that, though. It’s still about the band and what they’re doing. If anything, it’s become more dynamic, more intense, more joyous.”
Whilst Geraghty had been fronting Fight Like Apes for most of Le Galaxie’s career, she’s long been a fan, and being part of their latest offering, Pleasure, gives her the outside perspective to see how she fits into their progress.
“I’d already seen as an onlooker that the band really aren’t afraid to adapt, to move and change,” Geraghty says, throwing in the planned addition of her own synth station – ideally a rotating one – to the Le Galaxie repertoire.
“As a fan, I’d seen them go from completely kind of ambient instrumental, to a bit dancier, then to having vocals, then to having me.
“It’s not like going into a company where there’s no room for promotion. Le Galaxie always has space to change. They’re open to anything. But they’re also very sure.
“You’re more than welcome to make suggestions, but if they don’t like them, you’ll be very politely told ‘No’. I like that.”
So drummer Al Higgins will continue to show up to practise a few hours after running 24-hour races and batter his drumkit like it’s not a thing.
Michael Pope, dressed in a silver shellsuit with glitter flashes smeared across his face, will egg on the crowd with glow sticks and triumphant gestures.
Mary-Kate Geraghty … she’s a Dublin music icon, and for Le Galaxie, right now she’s their great unknown.
Le Galaxie’s third album, Pleasure, is out soon on this Friday, April 6.