- 23 Oct 19
With critical acclaim following their debut album, Limerick indie power-pop trio whenyoung are on the path to stardom. Their upcoming national tour may be your best chance to see them before they truly skyrocket.
Limerick's own whenyoung will be returning to Ireland next month for their national headline tour with special guest Sinead O'Brien. Tickets are on sale now for their shows in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, and Galway. The indie-pop trio is on the rise, catapulted by the critically-acclaimed release of their debut album, Reasons to Dream.
"The band have released an astoundingly assured debut, a statement of intent as they make their way inexorably to headlining status," explains Hot Press's Wayne Byrne in his review of their debut album. "With Reasons To Dream, whenyoung have carved out their own distinctive brand of infectious indie dream pop. This is an album to rank among the finest Irish LPs of recent times."
The culmination of years of playing and writing together, Reasons to Dream showcases Aoife Power’s (bass/vocals), Niall Burns’ (guitar) and Andrew Flood’s (Drums) ability to craft melodic songs with a punch. Lyrically, the LP ranges from the typical topics of love and insecurity to greater commentaries like pacifism and social and economic inequalities.
“Reasons To Dream is a presentation of our collective experiences of life since we have moved to London,” the band explain. “We've trundled through many jobs, flats, neighbourhoods and rehearsal rooms learning, practising, maturing and cultivating whatever it is we do along the way. We've gone from knowing nobody to making close friends; from finding it lonely to finding it welcoming.”
Alongside previously release singles ‘Pretty Pure’ and the anthemic ‘Never Let Go’, the album features brand-new tracks such as the touching ‘Labour of Love’ and the evocative ‘Blow Up the World’, based on a line by the French anti-war philosopher Simone de Beauvoir.
The album marks the next milestone in a journey that started for the band when they first met as teenagers in Limerick, Ireland. After playing in separate bands around the local scene for several years, they eventually all found themselves in London and the band now known as whenyoung was formed.
Special guest Sinead O’ Brien is an Irish poet and performer based in London, recently signed with indie powerhouse label, Chess Club Records. Originally from Limerick "a kind of grey industrial place with an a certain poetry to it", O'Brien's work captures the everyday and the in-between in a way that transcends genre.
A multifaceted artist, Sinead’s writing has also been published by the esteemed London Magazine whose alumni include T.S. Eliot, Sylvia Plath and William Burroughs.
Her unique fusion of spoken lyrics and art rock has piqued the attention of luminaries of both genres, seeing her perform with John Cooper Clarke and Brian Jonestown Massacre at sold out theatres across the UK.
Tickets for whenyoung with Sinead O'Brien are on sale now and available here for €16.50 inclusive of booking fee.
whenyoung National Tour Dates
7 November - The Button Factory, Dublin
8 November – Cyprus Avenue, Cork
9 November – Dolan's, Limerick
10 November – Roisin Dubh, Galway