Words by Adam McCourt
Luke Reilly, Conor Wynne, David Anthony and Rob Summons make up the vibrant Dublin four-piece Otherkin, who have had quite the ride in the past 18 months. They began as four lads from Dublin, dressed in oversized jumpers, beanie hats and Vans shoes, who started a band for fun. Following a makeover, taking on Doc Martens, black leather and denim jackets, and half unbuttoned shirts, they’re now a well-oiled unit of vigorous rock striving to make it in the industry.
They signed to top Irish indie label Rubyworks in early 2015 after they self-released the rambunctious track ‘Ay, Ay’. By October, they released their debut EP ‘The 201’, and before they knew it, they went from playing the local Dublin live scene to being added to the bill of top Irish and UK festivals including Latitude andLongitude, Reading and Leeds, The Great Escape and Live at Leeds, as well as an extensive 23-date UK and Ireland tour at the end of 2015. You can read a review of their live set as part of Becky’s Live at Leeds 2016 Roundup here.
Throughout 2015 and into 2016, the momentum these Dublin lads were garnering only grew, receiving praise and support from the BBC’s top radio DJs Annie Mac, Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart, as well as having both singles from ‘The 201’, ‘Ay, Ay’ and ‘Feel It’, added to MTV Rocks’ video playlist.
Otherkin have just released their second EP ‘The New Vice’ and what a record it is! Building on their previous works, the new release carries the attitude of early ‘70’s British punk, the humility of their native Irish pop rock, and the charisma of American stadium rock. It is a quartet of pure energy that matches their live shows with in your face thumpers. Perfectly executed singles ‘I Was Born’ and ‘Yeah, I Know’ will leave you quivering in their wake.
Their songs are filled to the brim with a wall of guitars, with underlying Queens of the Stone Age-like riffs. Add a layer of raunchy, distorted bass lines and pounding, fast-paced drums that resonate through your chest (think Eagles of Death Metal’s ‘I Want You So Hard’). Finally, top it with a vocal projection on par with Damon Albarn of Blur and lyrical hooks reminiscent to The Ramones’ classic ‘The Blitzkrieg Bop’, and it’s clear to see why Otherkin are off to a rocketing start with no signs of stopping!
‘The New Vice’ is out now on Rubyworks. Be sure to catch Otherkin at one of their many live appearances this summer, including next on 2nd of July at Eurockéennes Festival in France. Other stops this festival season include both Latitude and Longitude, Indiependence, Lowlands in Holland, and Reading and Leeds at the end of August.