- 29 Jun 22
Tickets €28 (including booking fee) on sale Friday, 1st July at 9am.
Alt-pop Dubliners Soda Blonde have announced their biggest headline gig to date at Vicar Street, Dublin on Friday, December 9th this year.
The show announcement follows the release of the band's debut album Small Talk last July to critical acclaim. The entirely self-produced album sees the group reflecting on their twenty-something experiences with refreshingly honest transparency.
The album went on to be nominated for the lauded RTE Choice Music Prize for both ‘Album Of The Year’ and ‘Song Of The Year’.
“To put it simply, Small Talk is about life in our 20’s,” says Faye O’Rourke, Soda Blonde’s enigmatic frontwoman. “Every part of us is in here, both subliminally and literally. Lyrically, this record is like a collection of my flaws and insecurities. They’re lingering awkwardly by the bar at a crowded social gathering, waiting to integrate with the wider world”.
All four band members (O’Rourke, guitarist Adam O’Regan, drummer Dylan Lynch and bassist Donagh Seaver-O’Leary) are seasoned musicians, despite their youth. They have been playing together since their early teens, with their previous band – the internationally renowned Little Green Cars (LGC), whose seminal debut album skyrocketed to number one on the Irish album charts.
LGC's Absolute Zero garnered the Dublin band coveted appearances on Jimmy Fallon, multiple radio plays and won them slots at high-profile festivals.
Speaking to Hot Press' Tanis Smither last year, O'Rourke describes how she attempts to capture the female experience while keeping her three bandmates on board.
“I feel very androgynous as a group, and I like that,” O’Rourke says. “But I do think a woman’s journey – particularly for someone in my generation – has been quite difficult, because you go through your teens and you’re totally validated by men, and then you go through discovering 3rd wave feminism in the 2000s, and you’re supposed to abandon that, stop shaving, be your own woman.
“I definitely straddle the line between the two. There’s a lot of pressure on women to bolster the entire sex, but I’m still exploring all of these things. We have a mutual respect for each other. It’s all very equal. The fundamental machine of what we are is four best friends making things together.”
Soda Blonde are currently in the studio working on their highly anticipated second album.
Tickets for their Vicar Street gig from €28 (including booking fee) go on sale Friday 1st July at 9am.
Check out the video for 'In the Heat of the Night' below.