- 26 Aug 21
The rising band are set to play a Dublin headline show at Whelan’s on 7th October 2021.
Dublin alternative-rock act TV People have unveiled their debut EP, Nothing More via Blowtorch Records today.
Sharing the project alongside brand new single ‘Shallow Minds’, the Hot for 2021 breakthrough duo worked alongside an all-star team that included Dan Doherty at Darklands Audio (Fontaines D.C., Vulpynes), Christian Wright at Abbey Road Studios (Radiohead, Blur, LCD Soundsystem) and Grammy award winning Caesar Edmunds (QOTSA, St. Vincent, PJ Harvey).
The band, which formed in 2019, have curated a dark and gritty sound which has seen them compared to names like Interpol and Editors, no less.
Having begun work on their debut EP, ‘Nothing More back in March 2020, the 5-track release documents a long period of challenges and hardships for the pair. Providing themselves with a purpose during a time when most felt lost, the Dublin newcomers candidly explore themes of disconnection, angst and existential anxiety whilst trying to inject optimism and hope into their sound and themselves in equal measure.
On new single ‘Shallow Minds’, the band explore the loss of a friend – channeling the frustration of watching someone close to you change to a point where you can no longer relate to them, and all feelings of sadness and anger become intertwined with the loss of connection.
“Some people's values can be performative, and they can get drawn to malicious and regressive movements due to their desire to belong to something or to go against everyone else for the sake of it. When that happens to someone you care about, you often can't see what's going on behind the scenes until it's too late to intervene and your only option is to cut your losses and move on," TV People wrote in a press release.
"The song is about being at that point of no return with a friend, and laying all of your cards on the table to try and pull them back to you before you have to cut them out of your life for good."
For Brendan and Paul, the EP is a testament to their ability to adapt and grow even in the most difficult of situations. From the sharp attention to detail in the brooding, post-punk intensity of 2020 singles ‘Nothing More’, 'String’ through to the piercing gloom of new singles ‘Out of the Silence’ and ‘Shallow Minds’, TV People are a band learning from their own personal challenges, growing from their insecurities and maturing into a key component of Dublin’s acclaimed music scene.
"A lot of the themes of disconnection and existential anxiety on the EP are obviously heavily influenced by the circumstances in which we wrote them, but the later songs have a bit more of a sense of hope and optimism for the future in them. It's an embodiment of the mental journey that we went through together over the last year while we were creating it," TV People wrote in a press release.
"It's really important for us to have something tangible to show for the last year, and the EP is something for us to look back on which gives that time in our lives meaning.”
The band will also play a Dublin headline show at Whelan’s on October 7th.
Pre-order TV People's Nothing More EP on vinyl here.
Check out the pair's brand new EP below:
Photo credit: Nicholas O’Donnell