Restive Nation Alt Rock / Co. Dublin

Restive Nation are a 7-piece alt-rock/electronic crossover collective from Dublin, Ireland.

Formed in 2014 after witnessing a mind-blowing Nine Inch Nails show, a group of 4 musicians felt compelled to form an industrial style heavy rock band. After spending months searching for a vocalist to no avail, they decided to do the unthinkable – to have guest vocalists collaborate on different tracks to complement their expanding sound.

Through 2016 and 2017 they gigged extensively, before quartet then became a trio and released four well-received singles, each completely different from the last, owing to collaborations with diverse vocalists; from the tribal infused eastern tones of ‘It’s Just a Skull…’(feat. Siobhán Kavanagh), to the ambient grunge of ‘The Nihilist’ (feat. Dave Byrd), then leap into the complex progressive wormhole of ‘Cliff’s Edge’ (feat. Atmahead) and land yourself in the thick of it with the contemplative brooding ‘Murmur’ (feat. Dave Lee), it seemed that no territory was untraversable for Restive Nation.

2018 witnessed the band breaking new ground with their first ever music video for ‘The Future’ followed by the release of their debut EP “We Atrophy“. The EP showcased some extremely promising potential and featured an array of different guest voices as well as instrumental tracks.

In late 2018 the band reached new heights with their rendition of Mike Oldfield’s intro to ‘Tubular Bells’ complete with a hilarious parody video of ‘The Exorcist’. The band finished out the year in triumph opening for Mortiis.

2019-2020 has seen the line-up swell from a trio to a septet with the inclusion of a synth player and 3 permanent vocalists. With this new line-up they released their 2nd EP entitled “Lucidum”, featuring lead single ‘Coma’ and now the captivating ‘Descent’.




Alt Rock, Alt-Metal, Industrial, Rock

Year Formed




Members (Current)

  • Chris Cahill - Production/Sound Design/Guitar/Vocals
  • Ciaran Timmy Lynch - Bass
  • Ben Thonett - Synth
  • Cion O’Callaghan - Drums
  • Tony Carberry - Vocals
  • Neal Pawney Bond - Vocals
  • John Atmahead - Vocals

Members (Former)

  • Kevin Liffey - Drums
  • Siobhán Kavanagh - Guest Vocals
  • Dave Byrd - Guest Vocals
  • Dave Lee - Guest Vocals