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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Irish Shoegazers CARDINALS Debut Self-Titled EP

Cardinals posing for EP artwork
Photo by Kalisha Quinlan

Five-piece rock band Cardinals have unveiled the debut EP, a self-titled collection of bangers out now via So Young Records. The newly released single, "Twist and Turn", has already proved to be a crowd favorite from the band’s recent run on the live circuit.

"To me ‘Twist and Turn' is a song about how writing has become a highly therapeutic practice for us all," said frontman Euan Manning. "It’s got some poppy melodies and a danceable backbeat, the lyrics though, they’re all about grief. I wanted to have a song where the tambourine is the main instrument."

Starting as a light-hearted idea between two sixteen-year-olds in a sleepy fishing town on the southern coast of Ireland, a whole joke-taken-to-heart later and their difference is marked by an early immersion in Cork’s live music scene, "we were into what we were hearing but knew we could never be part of it, we wanted to juxtapose ourselves," says Manning, "not for the sake of doing something different but because we have pop-leaning influences and didn’t want to shy away from that." Now barely twenty, the band are next in an Irish line changing the sound of alternative music. 

Perpetually pushing the boundaries of alternative music, the young band draws on the effervescent sounds of 80s indie music to craft a unique amalgamation of eclectic shoegaze and Irish trad folk. Beginning as a light-hearted dream among sixteen-year-olds, the band of Manning, Oskar Gudinovic, Aaron Hurley, Finn Manning and Darragh Manning has quickly become a reality, cemented on the Irish music scene with the imminent release of their six-track EP, recorded alongside Richie Kennedy.

"It’s a collection of songs that were written when we were living and playing in Cork City. It's pop music at its core, personal, youthful, and, if you can see past the chaos and noise it’s extremely warm. There’s a narrative if you’ve got the heart to look for it. It’s our first EP and we’re looking forward to it being out there for everyone to hear." - Cardinals

Following a filmed performance last year for Other Voices in their homeland, and the enviable support of Fontaines D.C.'s Grian Chatten, who called them "one of my favorite new bands" during an interview with BBC Radio 1, the band also completed their first UK & Irish headline tour last month to significant plauditry.

The band play just played an EP launch show at The Kiln in Cork on June 8th, along with gearing up for the sold out celebration of So Young's 50th issue at The George Tavern on Wednesday, 12th June alongside mary in the junkyard, Lime Garden and more in London.


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