‘The New Vice’ EP out 27th May
Confirmed for Live at Leeds
London show at The Black Heart next month
“We want our records to be punchy, lean and blazing. Straight in, no kissing” – Otherkin
Ahead of the release of new single ‘I Was Born’, Otherkin have shared the “Damien: The Omen”-inspired visual for the track.
The fast-paced video comes from the twisted imagination of director Finn Keenan, who explains:“So basically, in summary, it’s the story of an evil little kid who is jealous of his mother’s new boyfriend and decides to lock him in the shed while she is doing the dishes, and he sets the shed on fire making it look like he’d just narrowly escaped and she’s lucky that he’s alive. But told in reverse”.
Watch ‘I Was Born’ video
‘I Was Born’ is continuing to pick up airplay from Annie Mac, Phil Taggart and Huw Stephens on Radio 1. It’s the first taste of their forthcoming second EP ‘The New Vice’ out 27th May via Rubyworks, the follow up to last year’s ‘The 201’ EP. Mixed by Jolyon Thomas (Slaves), the new EP is a riotous nod to some of the 4-piece’s shared influences – The Clash, Blur and The Ramones. Fiercely exciting, it thrills on all levels. From the grungy drive of ‘Yeah, I Know’ and ‘Howling’s chunky riffs, to the carefree attitude on ‘White Heat’, all packing a defiant punch with Luke Reilly’s vocals.
With ‘I Was Born’ out on 8th April, the band will play a London show at The Black Heart on 13th April. The band have also been confirmed for Live at Leeds, Czech Republic’s Rock The People Festival and Leefest.
Otherkin’s story began in Canada when Luke Reilly (vocals, guitar), Conor Wynne (guitar) andDavid Anthony (bass) met on holiday – sitting on a porch, playing guitar. Drummer Rob Summons joined the band later back in Ireland and Otherkin was born. Early gigs in college dorms and house parties gave way to regular shows on Dublin’s vibrant live venue circuit, which in turn blossomed into a step up to the Irish festival carousel – Longitude, Electric Picnic, Hard Working Class Heroes and Other Voices – in 2014.
2015 saw the band enjoy terrific support on previous single ‘Feel It’ at BBC Radio 1 and from John Kennedy at Radio X. The band also got their live game going again with blistering shows at Eurosonic in Holland (where they were acclaimed as one of the Top 5 live acts) and at the NME Awards show at The Garage in Islington with The Strypes.
Otherkin remain… Luke Reilly (vocals, guitar), Conor Wynne (guitar), David Anthony (bass) and Rob Summons (drums)
11th March – London Calling Festival, Netherlands
3rd April – Live at Leeds
8th April – Whelans, Dublin
13th April – The Black Heart, London
19th May – The Great Escape, Brighton
3-5th July – Rock For People, Czech Republic
15th July – Longitude Festival, Ireland
28-30th July – Leefest, Kent