SINGLE REVIEW: Bored of Men by M(h)aol

Irish fast-risers M(h)aol are saying exactly what's on our minds with their new release Bored of Men. With their nail-on-the-head lyrics and distortion-laden guitars, Bored of Men reiterates why M(h)aol are one of our shining Sounds of 2022.

M(h)aol by Grayce Leonard

Currently based between Dublin, London, and Bristol, M(h)aol (pronounced male) are formed of Róisín Nic Ghearailt, Constance Keane aka Fears, Jamie Hyland, Zoe Greenway, and Sean Nolan.


The five-piece grabbed our attention last year with their debut EP Gender Studies. The Dinked Edition vinyl, which was limited to 300 copies, sold out in just 36 hours - so when we tell you to jump on M(h)aol now, you best listen to us. It was recorded in just 3 days due to their different locations, and dissects topics such as violence against women, and misogyny in the music scene.


Their new bite Bored of Men is about being tired with media neglecting to challenge patriarchal systems. The song owes its stream of consciousness narrative to the fact that singer Róisín wrote the lyrics in a matter of minutes. Under its charming title lies the reality that mirrors are our own feminist frustrations.


Backed by a clunky, thumping drum beat and scuzzy riffs, Bored of Men is fronted by Róisín's deadpan drawl. A clambering of rhythmic dissonance, the track perfectly melts post-punk noise and tired feminist rage to create a boiling pot of modern irritation. Róisín's spoken-word wit is fuelled by sarcasm and anger, rising in heat as she repeats "I'm so bored" over and over with increasing bite.


Speaking on the lyrics, Róisín says, "I wrote the lyrics of this song in a matter of minutes while we were recording together. The ideas had obviously been fermenting in my head for a while, and it was written during that extremely disconcerting and alarmingly public court case. The title of the song is very tongue-in-cheek for me, but it does reference a very real sense of frustration and exhaustion with the patriarchy. When I say the patriarchy I don't mean individuals (although they can obviously perpetuate it), I mean institutional and structural oppression."


She adds, "I'm bored with the conversation in the media solely focusing on damage that's been done rather than thinking of ways to evolve and heal and challenge the systems that prop these individuals up. I'm bored of always just talking about men."


M(h)aol are busy this summer, with festival such as Green Man, End Of The Road, and now Latitude Festival and Pitchfork Paris in their books. We're hoping people are grabbed by their snarling attitude and politically-charged themes when they catch them live!


Check out the rest of our Sounds of 2022 here to see who else is bringing the noise this year.


Catch M(h)aol live:

22nd July - Latitude Festival, UK

5th August - We’ve Only Just Begun Festival, Ireland

18th August - Green Man Festival, Wales SOLD OUT

23rd August - The Louisiana, Bristol

24th August - The Castle Hotel, Manchester

26th August - Zerox, Newcastle

27th August - This Must Be The Place, Leeds

27th August - FutureYard, Birkenhead

28th August - Raw Power Festival, London

1st September - End of the Road Festival, UK SOLD OUT

18th November - Pitchfork Festival Paris

Bag tickets here


Stream Bored of Men on Spotify and Apple Music


Review by Chloe Robbins

Photography b Grayce Leonard


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