- 12 Jul 18
Limerick indie-rock heroes Whenyoung talk about supporting Nick Cave and Patti Smith, navigating the London music scene, and making hit after glorious hit.
2pm. Dean Hotel, Dublin. Your Hot Press correspondent is delighted to learn that, following a rowdy night in Kilmainham, Whenyoung frontwoman Aoife Power and drummer Andrew Flood are as hungover as he is. Nick Cave is to blame. Although fingers must also be pointed at Patti Smith. On one magnificent evening, the two rock legends played their hearts out in Dublin crowd; not to have had a few drinks would have been to miss the sense of occasion. However, while HP was just there to watch, Whenyoung found themselves the sole support act on the night.
“It was bizarre,” says frontwoman Aoife. “We had such a good turnout for our set and we were really pleased with that. Then right after, we ended up standing at the side of the stage when Patti Smith first came on. We were dancing like mad until someone came and kicked us off.”
“Patti Smith has been a huge influence on us,” says guitarist Niall Burns, joining us at the table (all three members are nursing wines and Guinnesses). “We started the set with one of her poems and we’ve done that for the past year-and-a-half, so to be in her presence was very special. I ended up in Ryan’s pub after it with Lenny Kaye, Patti Smith’s guitarist – just letting him talk about Patti and Sam Shepard and the Chelsea Hotel back in New York in the ‘70s.”