M(h)haol (pronounced “male”) was formed in 2014 by Constance Keane and Róisín Nic Ghearailt. The band was named after Gráinne Mhaol when Róisín had her head shaved and Constance said “the only thing to do now is to form a punk band”.
After a year of performing and the release of just one single, M(h)aol took a hiatus for four years, due to its members scattering across the world. Constance, Róisín, Zoë, Jamie and Sean reunited to hold a charity fundraising event in December 2019 while everyone was back in Ireland for the first time since they disbanded. Whilst in Ireland indefinitely during 2020, they went to the studio to record two singles, “Laundries” and “Asking for It”. Off the back of the success of these self released singles, they returned to write and record their debut EP, ‘Gender Studies’ which was released on Constance’s record label TULLE. 2023 sees M(h)aol release their debut full-length ‘Attachment Styles’.
The band have performed at Primavera Sound Barcelona, Body & Soul Festival, Welcome to the Village and Valkhof Festivals in the Netherlands, Latitude Festival, Green Man Festival, End of the Road, and embark on multiple UK and Irish tours, along with EU support tours for Gilla Band and Shellac.
“M(h)aol are outspoken about the importance of intersectional feminism, and it’s from this point of view that their music tackles various tangled strands of oppression.” – NME
“It’s uncomfortable subject matters, mixed with noisy, erratic instrumentation and often coarse vocals, make for a brutish but brilliant first extended showing for the quintet” – Dublin Inquirer
“This is a tune lifted from a debut EP that’s due out October the 29th. Dealing with the issue of misogyny and male violence against women.” – BBC6 Music, Mary Anne Hobbs