Meet the British rapper dropping tales of domestic struggle over old school beats and classic jazz samples.
There are so many great bands in Dublin at the moment that the owner of the local guitar shop has paid off his mortgage, started spending winters in the Carribean and has just bought a Porsche…probably.
Here’s another one to add to the list, meet Inhaler.
Irish lo-fi indie heartbreak kids Inhaler are comprised of Robert Keating on bass, Ryan McMahon on drums, Josh Jenkinson on lead guitar and Elijah Hewson on rhythm guitar and vocals.
My Honest Face is Inhaler’s latest single and feels like a perfect song for those unacquainted with the four-piece.
The song is an expertly crafted slice of indie pop, that harks back to an era where bands couldn’t hide behind a computer to make them sound better at their instruments than what they actually are.
Robert’s slightly distorted driving bass sets the pace, is quickly joined by McMahon’s honed drums and a really catchy slide guitar line from lead guitarist Josh. By the time Elijah’s vocals join the party, the track is at full pace. One of the most aurally satisfying moments of the tune comes as vocals and drums come together on the line, “One, two, three, four, five” during the verses. A part of the song that will undoubtedly be clapped along to at festivals up and down the country.
You can immediately tell that the band feel strongly connected to music from the ’80s, and the presence of the synthesiser underscores the point. If you like bands like The Cure and Echo and The Bunnymen, or newer artists such as The Horrors or Manchester upstarts Pale Waves, then we think you’ll dig Inhaler.
So, the singer Elijah has a famous dad. We don’t think there’s any point dwelling on it and we’re not going to mention who as you can Google it. Anyway, as he recently told the NME, “We’ve known that there’s going to be doors open, but those doors will shut just as fast as they open if we’re not good.”
That might be the most level headed thing anyone in a band has said in a long time. In an industry where the perception is it’s about who you know, you won’t very far if you can’t back it up with the music. There are loads of bands who have gone by the wayside who even though they knew the right people, failed to back it up with anything of substance.
Forming as teenagers in school, the band started releasing a handful of early songs online two years ago, showing early promise but yet to find their niche.
Realising that sometimes you have to step back to go forwards, Inhaler took some time to work on their sound, finally launching properly early this year with their debut track It Won’t Always Be Like This.
The move worked and It Won’t Always Be Like This found the band support from BBC Radio 1 as Jack Saunders’ track of the week, Radio X made it their record of the week and the song received more radio support from BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Radio 2.
A huge boost for the band came from Noel Gallagher, when the former Oasis man invited Inhaler to support him on his recent homecoming gig at Manchester’s Heaton Park.
The band will play a handful of festivals this summer, including TRNSMT and Citadel, before heading out on their debut UK headline tour this autumn.
It Won’t Always Be Like This
Where can I see Inhaler live?
12 July 2019 – TRNSMT Festival, Glasgow
14 July 2019 – Citadel Festival
30 September 2019 – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
2 October 2019 – Rough Trade, Nottingham TICKETS
4 October 2019 – The Cookie, Leicester
6 October 2019 – Heartbreakers, Southampton
7 October 2019 – Komedia, Brighton
8 October 2019 – Waterfront Studios, Norwich TICKETS
9 October 2019 – The Camden Assembly, London
11 October 2019 – The Castle & Falcon, Birmingham
12 October 2019 – Neighbourhood Festival, Manchester TICKETS
13 October 2019 – Exchange, Bristol TICKETS
Grab tickets for upcoming Inhaler shows at TicketWeb.co.uk