- 11 Aug 21
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.
Dublin-based alternative rock band Late Night Pharmacy are sharing the music video for their third single of 2021, 'Relapse' - premiered by Hot Press below.
Formed by guitarist Fionn Murray, the band then released its first EP Demo in 2017. Heavily influenced by the likes of Joy Division, Interpol, Bauhaus and My Bloody Valentine; Late Night Pharmacy's first live performance was at the 2017 Gothic Species festival in Leitrim.
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.
Infectious rock tune 'Relapse' is the band’s third single of this year, following April’s 'Too Late for the Rickshaws' (also premiered by Hot Press) and June’s 'Slacktivist (Normalise This)'.
Recording the single was only possible after Late Night Pharmacy were one of four Irish bands hand-picked to take part in the 2020 edition of the TiLT Development Deal. Using funding awarded to them by the Department of Culture, Late Night Pharmacy recently hired renowned Irish producer Aidan Cunningham (Wheatus, Nealo, The Scratch) to produce and mix three singles.
As part of the TiLT deal, the band also received hours of free studio time in Dublin’s legendary Sun Studios (in which artists such as Rihanna, Kanye West and Sinéad O’Connor have recorded over the years). There, the band recorded two songs, of which 'Relapse' is the first to be released.
'Relapse' is a song about breaking up with your girlfriend, falling back into bed with her, regretting it, and then the whole cycle starting again. The lyrics compare this to a recovering drug addict repeatedly falling off the wagon, alluding to Oscar Wilde and The Undertones. Musically, the single is a summery mid-tempo indie rock song influenced by Weezer, Death Cab for Cutie and American Football.
Opening with a chiming, Midwest emo-inspired guitar riff and jazzy rimshots which lead into a bright, jangly verse; the chorus later explodes in fuzzy power-pop riffing. It puts yet another stamp down for the rising Irish band, with an accompanying video exploring self-destructive relationship tendencies.
Check out the video for 'Relapse' below: