Caoimhe De Barra (above, centre) is drummer and vocalist with Wyvern Lingo - the acclaimed trio released their first EP The Widow Knows in 2014 and their self-titled debut album in 2018. Their track I Love You Sadie was nominated for the RTE Choice Music Prize Song of the Year 2017. On February 26th they will release their second album, Awake You Lie.

The band have just won the National Concert Hall/Sounding the Feminists Commissioning Scheme’s Music Project Award, which provides €15,000 to fund a livestream concert from the NCH later in the year - find out more here.

We asked Caoimhe for her choice cultural picks...

FILM

I’ve had a craving to watch the 1992 black comedy Death Becomes Her. I haven’t seen it in years, but I know that the storyline involves Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn getting their hands on a magic potion that grants eternal life and youth. This subconsciously inspired the lyrics to our track Only Love Only Light. A bit of surreal dark comedy seems like the right tonic for this very odd moment in history. The three of us are living together at the moment and this is top of our to-watch list! 

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MUSIC

I have been overplaying Khruangbin to be honest. Their 2015 album The Universe Smiles Upon You made for a dreamy soundtrack for doing the apocalyptic Tesco shop last March. Anytime there has been an opportunity to sit with friends and play some sort of card game, Khruangbin has been the perfect soundtrack. My 1-year-old nephew claps along with their track Maria Tambien, and it would melt your heart. 

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BOOK

Sarah Maria Griffin is an Irish fiction writer who caught my attention with a piece in GUTZ magazine about working in a game shop. I’ve been drawn to her way with words ever since. Throughout the pandemic she’s been releasing zine bundles, with zines that entail updates about her own coping mechanisms throughout the pandemic, little treasures, like stickers and Post-Its, and also includes The Wordfury Workbook pages, which are creative writing prompts. They’re really helpful to get the creative juices flowing, I use them as lyrical prompts as well. A lovely little bundle of post. I’m currently reading her 2016 novel Spare and Found Parts, set in a fictional post-pandemic world, and am thoroughly enjoying it. 

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THEATRE

I intend on making theatre a big part of my habit when this bloody pandemic is over. Last October I got to see a livestream of Mark O’Connell’s To Be a Machine for Dublin Theatre Festival, performed by Jack Gleeson. It was unsettling and brilliant, Gleeson’s performance was excellent. The most successful online stream I’ve seen. 

TV

Truth be told, it’s been a lot of comfort watching these days. Over Christmas, it was The Mandalorian, almost all of Friends, plus Avatar: The Last Airbender. At the moment, I’ve been passively practising drum rudiments while watching Taskmaster, a show where comedians compete to complete various ridiculous tasks in the quickest or most creative way. It’s light-hearted good fun, and I suppose it almost feels like you have company. 

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GIG

Everything we’ve been doing lately has been in preparation for our ticketed livestream event on Feb 25th, before our album Awake You Lie drops on Feb 26th! In the prolonged absence of live concerts, it looks like live streams are here to stay, so we’re putting lots of work into making them the best they can be, with set design, cocktail recipes and candle fragrances! We won the NCH Sounding the Feminists Music Project Award to put on a livestream in summer 2021, and we can’t WAIT to make something amazing. Watch this space. 

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ART

Liing Heaney is a really exciting visual artist, making a lot of 3D digitally rendered work of dreamy worlds. We’ve been so lucky to have her involved in the making of the album artwork, and can’t wait to bring this artwork to life in the set design for our livestream shows this year! 

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TECH

I’ve been trying to improve my chess skills on Chess.com. I mostly play against the computer, but it’s also great for remote game playing with friends in other parts of the world/outside your 5k radius. 

THE NEXT BIG THING...

Gonna be entirely cheeky here and put it out into the universe that our new album Awake You Lie is gonna be the next big thing. That, or heated slippers. 
 

Awake You Lie by Wyvern Lingo is released on February 26th - find out more about the National Concert Hall/Sounding the Feminists Commissioning Scheme's Music Project Award here.

Pic: Miguel Ruiz