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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’ !!:)