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NewDad emerged from Galway at the beginning of last year, self-releasing their first string of songs. The Waves EP is their debut EP and features the BBC 6Music A-list singles “I Don’t Recognise You” and “Blue”. The six track EP is available on limited edition clear vinyl on Fair Youth. Our fifth single ‘I Don’t Recognise You’ !!.

NewDad are from Galway, Ireland. Consisting of Julie Dawson, Áindle O’Beirn, Sean O’Dowd, and Fiachra Parslow, NewDad have been making music since their high school days, and have been releasing tracks for the past two years. They all went to the same high school, and formed ultimately because we needed something to do for final exams. Sean was a year above us, and was studying music tech in college, so we made music demos together, and the rest is history. This was our first time recording in a proper studio. We did “Blue”, “I Don’t Recognise You”, and “Slowly” on our own as demos. Then, with those demos and the remaining tracks, we got to use the studio space with pedals, and various other bells and whistles – for “I Don’t Recognise You”, specifically, we even got to use a mellophone!.

The band’s sound is described as feedback-drenched guitars meets incredible pop melodies, and is resonant of Soccer Mommy, Snail Mail, and Sharon Van Etten. “The band oozes personality with cynical but honest lyrics, colourful visual components, and poignant messages about coping with the (albeit painful) formative experiences,” Bloggers have recently wrote in further praising vocalist Julie Dawson “whose spunk can be heard just by the way she breathes.”

It’s really blossoming at the minute. There’s been a lot more attention on music coming out of Ireland with bands like Fontaines D.C.. Even in Galway there’s a really good Punk band called The Turnstiles. Irish people have such a unique perspective being from a tiny island that has remained pretty insular, yet very kind hearted, so it’s really a new sound as well. For so long Irish music focused on outside influences from the US and the UK but now it’s culminated with Irish culture into its own thing. We feel proud to be Irish and considered amongst all these amazing artists, finally able to breakout.

NewDad emerged from Galway at the beginning of last year, self-releasing their first string of songs. The Waves EP is their debut EP and features the BBC 6Music A-list singles “I Don’t Recognise You” and “Blue”.

The six track EP is available on limited edition clear vinyl on Fair Youth.


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Following the release of their debut EP “Waves”, The Galway’s band’s how they finessed their sound in the absence of live music. You’d think with the amount of time we’ve spent on Zoom in the past year, we’d have mastered it by now. However, Galway upstarts Newdad there is some virtual waiting room hokey cokey in the four piece’s attempt to rejoin with a working camera.

The Galway band, having spent several years honing their alternative-rock sound, have found themselves numerous ones-to-watch list for 2021 and have featured on BBC 6 Music’s A-List. Additionally, they’ve just released their long-awaited debut EP Wavesa collection of dreamy, reflective songs that only continue to bloom the more you listen to them. Singer and guitarist Julie Dawson’s lyrics softly pull at the skeins of what could be the simplest of interactions and emotions, bringing them into focus and drawing out what is profound. Their music bears a distinctive shoegaze-informed sound and their deftness in combining old fuzz with modern softness has seen them aligned with the likes Just Mustard, The Magazine Club and Joanna Gruesome.

Having spent years gigging in front of people, lockdown left the band without a live audience to bounce songs off, something that has taken some getting used to. “It’s annoying sometimes in practice where we’ll play them with all the energy we would during a live set and we’ll be like ‘That’s a fucking tune.’ and then we’ll be like, ‘Wait, is it a tune? Nobody’s said it was a tune!’ laughs drummer Fiachra Parslow.

Music video for our fifth single ‘Slowly’ !!:)

The Galway band NewDad are going from strength to strength with Steve Lamacq and a BBC 6 Music session already under their belt. ‘I Don’t Recognise You’ is just the latest quality song from the 2020 debutantes.

Watching your nearest and dearest spiral is hard, feeling like no more than a bystander, a morbid spectator that can do little else other than observe. The latest release from NewDad takes a darker turn in its exploration of just that. The opening of ‘I Don’t Recognise You’ wouldn’t be misplaced in a teen movie starring 00’s Kirsten Dunst but it quickly becomes apparent that clear lip-gloss and home-coming queens aren’t the subject matter here. The narrative unfolds at the helm of Julie Dawsons’ tender voice as she poignantly describes the “madness in your eyes” and the resulting confusion, questioning and dolour that comes within this sensitive realm. A heavy subject matter that has been carefully unpacked and meticulously engulfed in the warmth and strength of shining guitar and the undercurrent of bass and burly drums that serve as pillars of support.

Sounding just as good, if not better, than previous releases, they’re well and truly immersed in tinges of shoegaze and fuzzy-alt-rock goodness. Galway’s NewDad have courageously ventured to tackle something heartier, which serves twofold as a beautiful track and subtle reminder to check-in on the ones you love.

Taking their shoegaze with a sprinkling of dark pop sugar, NewDad’s moody, hip-swinging guitarwork is the product of a group of pals who are allowing themselves to follow their musical nose without paying too much attention to trends. It’ll be to their benefit – this sort of effortless cool can’t be bought.


oh my… yet another brilliant new band out of Ireland… Turnstiles hail from Galway and last month they released their self-titled debut EP. It is four tracks of tense, minimal, scathing political punk rock and it is outstanding.  Brooding anger fills the every note, excellent lyrics articulate the rage. My favourite track is the blistering “In A State” One of those tracks that says everything I love about Music. I hope I get to see this live.

The Turnstiles’ begins so manic like, with the piercing and talented drumming by Luke Mulliez setting up ‘Something To Die For’ so epically. There is a a ferocious amount of passion and grit on the opener, with the guitar lines being both manic and determined. Straight off the bat we hear how ballsy Turnstiles are and it feels like we have been hit out of the park already by their sound.

‘Just Bleed’ may enter more calmly but still has the same intentions as the previous song, a Fontaines DC like bass intro by Jake Tiernan starts everything off, with the band later entering the fray, in a piercing nature. The mixing of the drumming sends chills down my spine and of course Callum’s passionate vocals does too. There is such an aura with this song, which is something that a lot of Post-Punk bands are doing so well, it really reinforces the focused and important lyrics.

The driving nature on ‘In State’ is infectious, the conviction and thought provoking lyrics is also noteworthy as they are rather impressive. The guitar work by both Colm Sweeney and Cillian Ryan are a standout, the lead runs along the rhythm guitar so well…they feel like they are as one and move like they were human the chords and notes.

On ‘Omniscient Delusion’, the gritty catchy riff is playful and angrily passionate, while the bass punches through so well. Again the lyrics are interesting, the commentary of how the world is dealing with endless potential of information at our fingertips is indeed interesting. The impact of that great potential is overwhelming and the band do really well at talking about this whole topic, especially with how large they deliver it.


The Galway 5–piece band have finally released their debut, self titled EP, which is filled with angst, infectious conviction and at points, catchy hooks. Here we find frontman Callum Mitchell delivering thought provoking lyrics with pure passion and desire, as his vocals punch through the bands loud sound so enticingly that reinforces the bands purpose and aims.

Cillian, Callum, Jake, Colm and Luke from Galway City. In a year where we couldn’t play live, writing and recording this project has been our sole focus and we hope that comes through in the music. We started playing together in 2019.

Vinyl coming soon

Released January 8th, 2021

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It’s getting soon to the release date! It’s been weird to have an album coming out during this time, but in a way it’s been really nice to have something to work on and keep me level headed.. it’ll be our June 5th.
“I was named after you. Oh, where’s the strength that I’m meant to get from you,” sings Brigid Mae Power on I Was Named After You. In a lesson of empathy and the power to change, the Galway singer-songwriter teaches us in three short verses that great emotional obstacles can be overturned: “And now I’ve no doubt why I was named after you, cos it’s the vulnerability that did mend the situation in the end.”
“Head Above the Water” is the semi-autobiographical third album from the folk-country singer. It was recorded in Glasgow and produced alongside Scottish folk musician Alasdair Roberts and Power’s husband, Peter Broderick, formerly of the Danish indie group Efterklang, Power takes the intimate details of her life – the small moments that change everything – and gives them a certain grandeur. Her lover asks her: “City lights or country skies at night, which do you prefer?” on the opening track On a City Night. A question so simple in its answer, the pair decide where to live together as a team – “The city suits you on a city night” – their union cemented.

With a shrewd eye, she can home in on the decisions – often hard to make – that lead to a healthier life. I Had to Keep My Circle Small is a tale of stoic self-preservation, and her reworking of the traditional song The Blacksmith shows the catastrophic repercussions of lying. Not Yours to Own comes laden with advice to fight for your space in the world and to make sure that your voice is heard, whether it’s a whisper or a shout.
Lyrically she shows incredible caution in not just examining her own feelings but the feelings of others, too. The songs We Weren’t Sure and You Have a Quiet Power demonstrate the virtues of remaining patient when it comes to matters of the heart. Her windswept voice always leads the way in songs that are never pushed beyond a gentle strum of a guitar or a brush of a bodhrán, which means that the weight of her words lands without any confusion. “I wrote the lyrics for Wearing Red That Eve one day when I was sort of spacing out the window thinking about old memories and instances where I have been wearing the colour red.. It’s sort of a dream like song that drifts between truthful and imagined scenarios…”

As the title of the album – and the closing track – suggests, life rarely dishes out an easy hand to anyone but it’s how you face the struggles that matters. Even if she sometimes feels out of her depth, Power remains focused. No decision is rushed and conclusions are reached organically. Softly delivered, these are hard lessons that we should all learn in time. 

‘Wearing Red That Eve’ is Brigid Mae Power’s new single, from her upcoming album ‘Head Above The Water’ (Out 05/06/20)