- 02 Aug 19
'I Never Got Off the Bus' is part of the acclaimed alternative hip-hop duo's forthcoming album The Young Will Eat The Old.
Tebi Rex, which are Max Zanga and Matt O’Baoill, have definitely made a mark on the Irish music scene and across the Irish hip hop landscape especially.
Back in 2016, the release of their song 'Black Enough' alongside a music video was a success which first put them under the spotlight. This was followed by their debut EP Welcome To The Darkest Year Of Our Adevntures.
Their tracks ‘Number 1 Symbol Of Peace’ and ‘Financial Controller’ also generated a particularly good response and got them named as one of RTE 2FM's Rising acts for 2019.
We had also praised their talent in Hotpress last February, when they were chosen as a part of our Hot for 2019: Irish Acts List.
Their music had made quite the impression: "filled with complex, sometimes caustic lyrics, and hooks catchier than the wintertime sniffles. Their sprawling, space rock-meets-nerdcore collab with The Blizzards (‘I Need A Win’) was a mainstream-prodding highlight, while ‘Men Are Trash’, the lead single from EP Welcome To The Darkest Year Of Our Adventures, saw them gamely tackle sexism whilst flipping some hip hop stereotypes on their head."
The Kildare duo aslo hit a milestone when they made their UK debut this year by performing two well received shows at The Great Escape. They went on to play at a number of high profile festivals across Ireland, such as Body & Soul, Outsiders Festival and Bare in the Woods, from which they have garnered even more hype.
In their brand new song 'I Never Got Off the Bus', labelled as explicit, Tebi Rex address the struggle of being tied up to past issues and having a hard time to let go of it. Local Boy also features on the track as a guest and shares his outlook on this.
While they explain that they all have different backgrounds which impacted their lives differently, they express the same idea: either you grow or you let it define you.
You can check it out here, on Tobi Rex Spotify account.
"In a way, it perfectly encapsulates what their upcoming concept album is about; how we’re destined to be better than what came before us but also doomed to fall prey to their same mistakes. The cycle repeats. Gods rise and fall. THE YOUNG WILL EAT THE OLD," says their latest press release.
Their awaited debut album will be released in autumn.