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Dubliners Inhaler to play two headline shows at the Academy

ON the back of selling two sold-out gigs  in the Button Factory last December, Inhaler will now step up for headline shows in The Academy Dublin in May.

The hotly-tipped Dublin quartet also released their new single ‘We Have To Move On’ on Polydor Records.

It’s the follow-up to their first single on the label, ‘Ice Cream Sundae’ which was released in September. The jubilant indie-rock of We Have To Move On showcases the band’s way of combining sharp, hooky melodies with expansive, atmospheric brooding.

Inhaler were recently announced in fifth place in the BBC Sound Of 2020 and recently completed a UK and European tour that saw them sell over 7,000 tickets and play to frenzied, sold-out crowds.

They will follow that run with an extensive UK tour this year that will include a sold-out show at London’s Heaven on Thursday, February 20, their biggest headline show to date.

Kasabian recently announced Inhaler as one of the support acts at their huge hometown show at Leicester’s Victoria Park next summer.

Four friends, they formed the band while they were still at 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, they have amassed a diehard fanbase, with their tracks being streamed over seven 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.

Eventually, the boys started writing their own music, learning how to compose a song as they expanded their musical vocabulary through bands such Nirvana, Metallica, Depeche Mode, Sonic Youth, New Order, etc.

The result was the recent single, ‘Ice Cream Sundae’, a song five years in the making.

Catch them on May 14 and May 15. Tickets (€20) are on sale.

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