For this week's Play Irish Artists on Ed's National Anthems, Ed has chosen 'Hero' from A. Smyth and 'Liquorice' from Modernlove.
A.Smyth has been busy writing and recording, and 'Hero' is the fifth single he has released over the last 18 months. Talking about the song, he said:
"Hero is about the way the world is working against itself at the moment. All this crazy behaviour we’re seeing, the disconnection from one another. Underneath it all, it’s just people grasping for the things that we all want – safety, security, answers. The madness being, of course, that this behaviour is causing the opposite.”
A. Smyth's debut album will be released in the new year and 'Hero' is a very positive indicator of what it'll sound like. He'll be playing in the Róisín Dubh in Galway on the 5th December with more gigs to be announced.
Drogheda band Modernlove took their name from the David Bowie classic, and have been drumming up a lot of excitement on the Irish music scene.
'Liquorice' is the newest single from Modernlove and they say it's
"a song about naive teenage infatuation set against a dizzying backdrop of alcohol and substance fueled nightlife."
The release of 'Liquorice' is supported by Firestone Live as part of the prize the band was awarded for winning last year's "Road to the Main Stage" in conjunction with Vantastival.
You can see Modernlove live when they support Larkins at the Academy 2 in Dublin on the 25th November, and next year will see them headline the Soundhouse in Dublin on 21st February.
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