- 01 Jun 21
The third single to be taken from their upcoming debut album is a stunningly-crafted pop song. Photo: Ste Murray.
Soda Blonde continue to tease their highly-anticipated debut album Small Talk – this time with the release of 'Holy Roses', its delicious third single. The Dublin-based quartet are due to release their definitive debut on July 9, via Velveteen Records,
Beginning with calming, low-and-slow verses, the track rings out like a battle cry in an explosive chorus. 'Holy Roses' – no doubt one of the strongest on their album – is soaring and exquisite, playing with traditional elements of pop and turning them inside out.
"So many of us use rejection as fuel to justify stagnancy or living in the past," O'Rourke says. 'Holy Roses' provides me with some closure, and I feel it’s one of the most important tracks on the album. I am directly addressing the people in my past who have hurt me in this song. The Rose is symbolic of war and the fleetingness of life and death. It also represents the fall of Christianity, which I compare not only to our country’s dying Catholic status but to the oppression I felt throughout my own personal and work life. 'Holy Roses' is the moment of reckoning for me, in all respects. I’m letting go of the people who have hurt me and my old way of living."
The group are going on a tour of Ireland and the UK this Autumn, and we hear tickets are selling fast! Check out tour dates below and purchase tickets here.
Listen to the song below.
August 13 - 15 Wild Roots Festival, Sligo, Ireland
August 27 + 28 SoFFT Nights, Co.Meath, Ireland
September 08 Mike the Pies, Co.Kerry, Ireland
September 09 Cyprus Avenue, Cork, Ireland
September 10 Dolans Warehouse, Co.Limerick, Ireland
September 11 Roisin Dubh, Galway, Ireland
September 12 Whelan’s, Dublin Ireland
September 19 Belfast Empire Music Hall, Belfast, UK
September 21 Broadcast, Glasgow, UK
September 22 YES, Manchester, UK
September 23 Sebright Arms, London, UK
October 16 Live at Leeds Festival, Leeds UK
July 17. 2022 Iveagh Gardens, Dublin, Ireland (with Sinead O’Connor)