- 21 May 20
The band were tipped as one of the Hot Press 'Hot For 2020' Irish acts.
Rising Irish indie band The Wha have released their new single, Blue For You', following the success of their acclaimed singles '40 Odd Years' and 'Innocents'.
After signing to the renowned independent Chess Club Records in the UK last year, the band were tipped as one of the Hot Press 'Hot For 2020' Irish acts and later performed high profile support slots for Two Door Cinema Club.
The Kilkenny quartet's confessional take on alternative foundations has also earned them support from Radio X, BBC 6 Music, DIY Magazine and Dork, among others.
Their 2020 prospects look bright, with 'Blue For You' taking their distinctive sound into exciting new territories. The band impressed viewers during their Hot Press Lockdown Sessions appearance.
The Wha consists of dual vocalists and guitarists Finn Cusack and Sam Cullen, Marek Lech on bass and drummer Abe G. Harris. Finn and Sam met in primary school, eventually forging a songwriting partnership aged just 15-years-old that went on to form the DNA of The Wha.
Energetic guitar riffs contrast with darker, emotive lyrics, sung by the gravelly-voiced Finn Cusack.
Their usual humour is noticeably embedded in the music video, as well as within the lyrics - the influence of Alex Turner and satirist Flann O'Brien is clear to see.
Production from Stephen Street (Blur, The Smiths) offers the track an instantly classic quality, with the accompanying animated video directed by Cameron West.
The 'Blue For You' video features lyrics from the track and clips of the band's hometown, with visuals inspired by the Beatles' 'Yellow Submarine'.
Commenting on the single, vocalist Finn Cusack said:
"I suppose 'Blue For You' is a bit of a shameless pop song. It has a feel good jingle-jangle vibe to it. Lyrically, it’s just a confused reflection.
"We really enjoyed making the video with Cameron West," Cusack added.
"Initially it started off as just a lyric video and then we got a bit carried away and then we ended up as cartoons. Abe from the band is a great illustrator and some of his sketches of the band made it into the video amongst locations from our hometown of Kilkenny.
"Recording the track in London with Stephen Street was a boyhood dream come true.We learnt a lot in a few days. We also enjoyed running around London like lost dogs for a week.”
The quartet are aged between 19-20-years-old, so they've got plenty of time left to work with more of their heroes.
Check out the full video from the boys below: