Words: Robin Mumford
I said it before the start of 2023, and I’ll happily say it again. Dublin is the new Glasgow; Ireland is the new Scotland. I don’t mean culturally or anything like that before anybody gets their knickers in a twist! I mean musically. While Glasgow is the home of King Tuts, and Scotland has become recognised for their upcoming musicians, Ireland still flies under the radar, but not for any real reason!
Have you ever heard of Powder House? Okay, fine, we’d be more than happy to show you the ropes. They are a three-piece indie rock band born from Castlebar, Ireland, about 144 miles from the capital city. What their quiet birthplace lacks is revived through their latest single ‘My Corner’.
A fusion, a blast, a cocktail of many different flavours – the new single is an instant bona-fide classic from a band that is quickly establishing itself under their guidance from Wonder PR. As the two young identities come together to build their way up, the result is a melodic, Snow Patrol-likened magnetism that is inspired by bereavement and loss.
‘My Corner' is a brilliant follow-up from previous well-received releases ‘Years’ and ‘There You Go’ as it counterbalances the band’s sombre expressiveness by juxtaposing the lyrics with a nod towards 90’s alternative rock, distorted guitars, and a hell of a lot of rhythm.
Made up of vocalist Conor O’Shea, bass player Brian McHale, and drummer Luke Dunne, Powder House easily fit into the rising Irish music scene. Luckily, you won’t need to get the ferry or plane to see them if you reside in England. Announced this month, they will be performing in the UK for the first time, supporting Britpop icons Hurricane #1 in Manchester on April 15th with tickets on sale here. Catch them whilst you can.