- 20 Apr 21
Using funding awarded to them by the Department of Culture, Late Night Pharmacy hired renowned Irish producer Aidan Cunningham (Wheatus, Nealo, The Scratch) to produce and mix three singles.
Hot Press are delighted to premiere the brand new track from Dublin natives Late Night Pharmacy, titled 'Too Late for the Rickshaws'.
Consisting of Rob Maguire on lead vocals and guitar; Fionn Murray on lead guitar and backing vocals; Michael Spence on bass and Jordan Swanson on drums; the alt-rock quartet originally formed in 2017.
Formed by guitarist Fionn Murray, the band then released its first EP Demo 2017 the same year - heavily influenced by the likes of Joy Division, Interpol, Bauhaus and My Bloody Valentine. The outfit's first live performance was at the 2017 Gothic Species festival in Leitrim, and it's been a steady road ever since.
Bittersweet mid-tempo indie rock track 'Too Late for the Rickshaws' was penned after Fionn experienced a unique interaction on public transport:
"During the second lockdown last year, I was taking a tram home and fell into conversation with two men who told me about their history of drug problems, which inspired the lyrics."
Funded as part of the Music Industry Stimulus Package, 'Too Late for the Rickshaws' explores an often-hidden and neglected aspect of Ireland's capital city.
The song opens with a stop-start verse based on angular guitars, intricate drumming and hesitant, conversational vocals, before transitioning into a spacey, atmospheric chorus - dominated by close vocal harmonies, chiming clean guitars and shimmering synths.
Filmed alongside Dublin's canal near Portobello and Georges Street, the video sets the scene for Late Night Pharmacy's valuable lyrics tracking addiction and substance abuse in Dublin.
The band recorded its second EP 'Flamingo' back in October 2018, which received national radio airplay and led to a rake of live performances at the Workman’s Club, Sin É, The Grand Social and the Underground in Dublin. Late Night Pharmacy later released a music video for 'Texlahoma' and supported renowned Irish house producer Daithí in one of his live dates two years ago.
In September 2020, Late Night Pharmacy was one of four Irish bands selected to participate in the TiLT Development Deal, in collaboration with Totally Irish 98FM, the Sound Training College and the Button Factory. In November 2020, the emerging band was awarded funding to record several songs as part of the Music Industry Stimulus Package, created by the Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, the Gaeltacht and Culture and managed by First Music Contact.
Check out the exciting new track 'Too Late for the Rickshaws' below: