Straight off the back of their debut number 1 album ‘It Won’t Always Be Like This’ as well as several festival slots over the Summer, Dublin’s indie-rock phenomenon, Inhaler, hit the road this Autumn with shows across the UK. Kicking off proceedings in Yorkshire with shows in both Sheffield and Leeds, the 4-piece outfit travelled up North for a sold out night at Newcastle’s University Student's Union.
With a catalogue of hits appealing to the masses, Inhaler are one of Ireland’s finest bands to break over the last few years. They give life to a soundscape filled with honesty, youthfulness and rebellion whilst sonically being reminiscent of the 80's rock era fused with infectious modern hooks and slick percussion.
Supported by Scotland's Dylan Fraser and emerging duo Wet Leg, Inhaler played their way through their 13-track set, opening with the title track of the album to the crowd of adoring fans who screamed back every word. 'It Won't Always Be Like This' has been a firm favourite since its release back in 2019 and serves as the perfect introduction.
'We Have to Move On' is next. The stadium-sized anthem is driven by a funky groove, bright guitars and uplifting electronic sounds, its thrilling energy the ultimate crowd pleaser. Frontman Eli joins the crowd for a sing along with one lucky fan.
The electrifying 'Falling In' follows - a more complex addition to Inhalers hit singles with crystal clear vocals, impressive lyricism and skilful instrumentation. 'Slide Out the Window' slows the energy ever so slightly whilst the refreshing 'Ice Cream Sundae' and in-your-face 'When It Breaks' bring it right back up. Album tracks 'A Night On The Floor', 'Who's Your Money On? (Plastic House)' and 'My King Will Be Kind' are also played - the crowd gripped by every word sang.
'Totally' is a track that immediately commands attention. Once again proving Eli's vocal talent, the track is the ultimate modern-love song anthem with bouncing instrumentation and a catchy chorus which heads more towards the pop side of the bands sound with groovy baselines and glistening synths. It's lapped up by everyone in the room, some fans on shoulders whilst others tap their feet along at the back of the room. Bringing proceedings to a close with the anthemic 'Cheer Up Baby' and exhilarating 'My Honest Face', Inhaler prove they are both exciting and versatile, fresh but familiar all at the same time - rock 'n' roll is not going away any time soon.
Sharp and skilful musicians with bags of talent way beyond their years and just naturals on stage. Their accomplished live set only expands their ever growing upward trajectory and we can't wait to see what's next for the next generation of Dublin's greats.
Catch Inhaler at the upcoming dates of their UK tour this October.
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