New Noise, a brand new featured section on Far Out, will see a renewed focus on the realm of new music as we look at some of the emerging artists you need to start adding to your playlist. These are the artists looking to make 2021 the year in which they step out of their shadows, armed with an arsenal of material ready to get the recognition that they duly deserve.
There are few bands as tantalising right now as the Galway four-piece NewDad, whose potent blend of spacious sounds taken down a fuzzy, distorted lane makes for a swaggering debut EP. While the pandemic has prevented the group from getting out on the road to play to their newly-recruited fanbase, their newly recruited followers have found a tonic for the current situation in the band’s offering of escapism.
Their six-track debut EP, Waves, is released on March 26th, and it’s easy to understand how they look set to break out into the stratosphere. From the moment that the hook-driven track ‘Drown’ kicks off the record in a speedy fashion, it grabs the listener by the horns and starts this raucous spellbinding journey that hints towards NewDad being one of the tremendous musical hopes for 2021.
Last February, NewDad shared their first official single, ‘How’, then, a matter of weeks later, the world locked down, and the chances to earn a fanbase in the traditional sense dissipated as the notion of playing live was suddenly pulled off the table. The reception to their debut single took the band back a little, and they didn’t expect so many to grow a connection with the song.
“The reaction to ‘How’ was so crazy we really weren’t expecting for it to reach so many people like we still can’t really believe how many people like our music,” the group explain to Far Out. “It’s really weird to see, but it really makes all the hard work worth it with the love we have received.
“It was unlucky timing because we should have been able to tour and play gigs, but since the lockdown, we have had so much time to write and practice together, so it has done wonders for our sound. We are very lucky that we were able to make the most of lockdown.”
The band continued, “The creativity really comes in waves. We have gone through phases of weeks where we just can’t seem to write anything good, and it’s really frustrating, but then one day we will just start jamming, and it comes to us, so whenever it’s tough, we just keep at it until we can write good music again.”
As Parslow states, the band have made the most out of lockdown, and Waves is a pleasing result to come out of this challenging time that has allowed everyone to ponder, which NewDad have expertly done on their debut attempt. The second track on the EP, ‘I Don’t Recognise You’, has racked up close to 750,000 streams on Spotify alone since it’s release in November and the anthemic chorus swills courtesy of singer Julie Dawson and the beguiling explosion of guitars.
Whilst their debut single didn’t arrive until 2020, NewDad are no overnight success, and the group have been active since their school days. However, the band has only graduated from a hobby to a serious entity over the last couple of years. “We all went to school together, and one day Áindle, Julie and I were mitching in a cafe instead of being in class, and we all realised we could play instruments, so we just started playing together,” they revealed.
“We needed something to do for our Leaving Cert music practical, so it was very handy, but we didn’t take it seriously. That was about four years ago, but then Sean joined about a year and a half ago, and that’s when we really started to sound better and take it more seriously.”
The EP’s title, Waves, is taken from the final track on the record, which features the calming swooshing sounds of the Galway coastline. Growing up on the West Coast of Ireland comes with both its benefits and its drawbacks. Whilst its a world away from being a metropolis of like-minded creative, the boredom that comes from rural surroundings have allowed NewDad to hone their craft and channel their angst into their music.
“We are surrounded by music,” they say about growing up in Galway. “We are all always listening to music, and there are always buskers playing around Galway, and traditional Irish music is a huge part of Fiachra’s life, so I suppose it probably does filter in subconsciously.”
Few bands have had a favourable time over the last twelve months, and while it’s not transpired how NewDad initially envisaged it to, they have made their arrival emphatically. Still, considering the circumstances, they have managed to emerge as thousands of people’s lockdown discovery.
Their debut EP is a well-rounded effort that shows a band who are rightly-confident in their abilities and take risks throughout the six-tracks leading to an all-mighty crescendo on the stirring titular track. There’s no doubt that only more and more people will join NewDad’s plentiful admirers once Waves is released, with 2021 set to be the year when they finally get to celebrate their achievements so far, and this is still only the first chapter of their story.