Their debut album was widely praised and featured on many Irish end of year lists after its release in 2009 and was named Irish album of the year by the Limerick Leader. The band followed this with a string of live performances, memorably supporting Low and Bradford Cox of Deerhunter. After a long hiatus due to work and family commitments Chris started back work on the HRA project during Covid lockdowns. The themes of the songs revolve around thoughts about Europe in the 2020s, from migration to neo-Cold War paranoia.
The lyrics are counterbalanced by bright hook-filled arrangements, with some of Chris’ favourite acts like Mouse On Mars, Kraftwerk and The Notwist having an influence on the album’s warm and noisy electronic sound. Although largely a solo work (vocalist Laura Coffey will return for the band’s fourth record) the album features drums and bass by Dennis Cassidy and Dave Power, adding a propulsive live feel to some of the tracks and complementing the more introspective parts of the record. Chris is currently performing live as a solo act, with the full live band returning later in 2023.
The show features a mixture of new and old tracks, with a handful of unique electronic covers of classic indie tunes as showcased on the Desecrations EP in 2010.