Honest Youth Data
Hazy pop melodies float on feedback-fuelled guitars and rolling basslines in Irish dreampop quartet NewDad’s debut EP Waves.
Whereas musicians have been lacking out on gigs through the pandemic, the one strategy to hold followers comfortable has been to maintain busy on-line. That’s more durable for a brand new band that’s solely simply begun constructing a profile – however NewDad have proved it may be performed efficiently.
Over the course of a 12 months the Irish newcomers, who met in school in Galway three years in the past, have put out a gentle drip drip drip of singles – 5 to this point – and not too long ago reached the landmark of 1,000,000 Spotify streams. They’ve additionally caught the ear of Steve Lamacq who gave them a session on BBC 6Music simply earlier than Christmas.
Now comes Waves, the primary EP from Julie Dawson (vocals, rhythm guitar), Sean O’Dowd (lead guitar), Áindle O’Beirn (bass) and Fiachra Parslow (drums). Recorded with producer Chris Ryan over the previous few months, it collects two of these beforehand launched singles, together with 4 new tracks, amongst them their newest and best-so-far single Slowly.
Evidently favouring single phrases, certainly single syllables, in terms of titles, their rising discography started with How, Cry and Blue and has gently prolonged itself into Swimming and Slowly – and I Don’t Recognise You.
It’s tempting to make comparisons as a result of NewDad have a sound that’s soothingly acquainted whereas remaining distinctively their very own; they mix the shoegazey jangle of early Warpaint with the extra forceful drive of their west of Eire predecessors The Cranberries, and cite as influences Pixies and The Treatment. In reality, every band member posts a frequently up to date Spotify playlist (under).
The Waves EP opens with Drown, setting out their stall with an insistent bassline, jangly guitars and languid vocals: it’s blurry like Goat Woman, gauzy just like the Cocteaus, with hovering guitar arpeggios in direction of the tip. I Don’t Recognise You, the music that most likely did most to get consideration for the band, is one other lazy shuffle adorned by guitars, with heat and intimate vocals, whereas Slowly – the most recent single – is the closest they get to an upbeat quantity, all skittering drums and moody bassline beneath a mild wave of sustained suggestions.
The songs are slight however sum up younger love, younger life, concisely. “I don’t wanna see you / However I nonetheless do,” sings Julie in Slowly. “You’re manner over there / And also you stroll so slowly.” It’s cryptic nevertheless it says a lot in so few phrases. That teenage confusion of want, disgrace, satisfaction: “After I see you round you simply ignore me / And after I name your title you by no means reply / However while you name mine I act prefer it’s positive.” You’ll be able to virtually see her blushing.
The trancelike Blue is underpinned by O’Beirn’s rolling bass, which is one thing of a signature soundj, embellished by fairly guitar and extra teenage confusion, expressed in a langurous murmur as if to sing louder would add to the embarrassment. ”When you took your time / You wasted mine / I mentioned I wished you / You mentioned you felt too blue /And whilst you had been making up your thoughts / I misplaced mine.” There’s an entire movie in these few lyrics.
The EP ends with the dreamy Waves washing over the listener; the oldest music of their repertoire, it dates again to a time after they rehearsed in a backyard shed. Think about that: a rehearsal. 4 folks in a room. Collectively.
Every member of NewDad has put collectively ever-evolving Spotify playlists of tracks they love and are impressed by:
The band have introduced their first tour, set for November later this 12 months. The dates are under:
8th Nov Belfast, Ulster Sports activities Membership
10th Nov Galway, Róisin Dubh
11th Nov Dublin, The Workman’s Membership
12th Nov Glasgow, The Poetry Membership
14th Nov Manchester, Sure (Basement)
16th Nov Bristol, Louisiana
17th Nov London, The Lexington
21st Nov Margate, Elsewhere
Tickets can be found now at newdad.dwell