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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.

 

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.