Dublin quartet Inhaler recently completed a UK and European tour that saw them sell over 7,000 tickets and play to frenzied, sold-out crowds. November saw them support Blossoms across the US, before heading to Mexico for a slot at Corona Capital.
Four friends who formed the band in school, Elijah Hewson, Robert Keating, Ryan McMahon and Josh Jenkinson bonded over a love of similar groups, taking in The Stone Roses, Joy Division, The Strokes, Depeche Mode, Interpol, Kings Of Leon, The Cure and more.
Over a handful of singles – “It Wont Always Be Like This”, “My Honest Face”, and “Ice Cream Sundae” – they have amassed a diehard fanbase, with their tracks being streamed over 8 million times. They make songs about being young and finding your way, music that connects. “I’m just trying to write about the joy of being alive, being a teenager, and the bad things that can come with that. I don’t like it to be all happy, I don’t like it to be all sad”, says frontman Hewson.
Junior Mesa channels a timeless sound by way of modern means. Rather than comb stacks of record stores, the 20-year-old Bakersfield, CA singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist culls influence from a YouTube search history spanning everyone from Wes Montgomery and Ella Fitzgerald to Jimi Hendrix and Sly & The Family Stone. Under this digitized classic spell, he not only sings with shuddering soul, but he also plays guitar, drums, piano, and bass with understated and instinctual virtuosity.