- 11 Jan 22
NewDad's upcoming EP 'Banshee' lands on 9th February via Fair Youth Records.
Galway quartet NewDad has revealed the second single to be taken from their forthcoming EP, 'Say It'.
The Banshee track was debuted on BBC Radio 6 with Steve Lamacq, a long time supporter of the indie-rock band, last night.
The up-tempo 'Say It' features NewDad's trademark layered lyrics from frontwoman Julie Dawson, plus 90s-twinged guitar riffs.
The brand new offering focuses on withholding honesty within new connections, and the realisation that the other person is taking advantage of the other's feelings. The idea of saying honest words aloud brings fresh anxieties, however.
It's a relationship that appears to drain one participant more than the other: "You don't say much to my face/you just sit tying your laces like you're fucking famous/And you don't want to leave a trace/But you get mad if someone takes your place/No you don't like me at all, you just want to see me fall for you/And I don't want to," Julie croons, softly.
Featuring previous single ‘Ladybird’, forthcoming EP Banshee is set to be a "more fully-realised, rich record" and marks a new high for the emerging band. The project arrives on 9th February via Fair Youth Records.
‘Say It’ is "perfect pop, a brilliantly urgent single that highlights the extra experience and time the band have had in the studio," according to a press release. "Julie’s vocals are amongst her best yet, and capture the emotion of the track, the rushing sensation you feel when in the midst of an affair."
Referring to the origins of the single, the band write:
"‘Say It’ is about unrequited love, about when someone is with you but not really, it’s supposed to capture that frustration you feel when you’re giving someone your all and they’re giving you nothing in return. The fast pace of the song makes it feel like I’m venting which works considering the feelings of irritation and bitterness I’m talking about when you don’t want to like someone but you can’t help it’. "
Dawson fronts the rising band alongside Áindle O'Beirn, Sean O'Dowd, and Fiachra Parslow. In early 2020, they recruited Sean O'Dowd on bass, having existed as a three piece prior to that point. Initially getting together because Julie “hates playing and singing on my own,” the band grew more serious about their sound and decided to move in together to write and record as much as possible when lockdown hit.
The first result of this was the band's debut EP Waves, released in early 2021. Dark and stormy with undeniably beautiful moments amid the mammoth guitars, the EP acted as a perfect introduction to the world NewDad have created for themselves and picked up fans across the globe. The band's love of The Cure, Pixies, and Slowdive is always on show, while Julie’s songwriting brings a subtlety to their sound, weaving personal relationships and influences from the worlds of literature and cinema to add depth.
Banshee was recorded and co-produced in Belfast with frequent collaborator Chris W Ryan and was mixed by John Congleton (Lana Del Rey, Phoebe Bridgers).
NewDad will appear at SXSW and All Points East this year, alongside their biggest UK and Ireland tour so far. Around SXSW the band will also play their first solo US shows, heading to New York and LA.
Listen to 'Say It' below: