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New Noise: Tomorrows

We catch up with Dublin four-piece, Tomorrows.

Indie rockers, Tomorrows, have just released the new video for track ‘Ricochet’, following last year’s incredible debut album, Another Life. Blending a 60s/70s attitude with an indie rock sound, the album is a stunningly blissful record with a modern pop flourish. Recorded at Dublin’s famous Hellfire Studios, the 10 tracks are joyous and optimistic, and an absolute pleasure to listen to.

The ‘Ricochet’ video is equally amazing. Filmed under cover of darkness around the streets of Dublin, the track is upbeat and uplifting, with a slightly psychedelic feel. Amidst the excitement of the video release, we caught up with the boys to find out all about them.

How did you all meet?

We met through playing together in various different bands around Dublin. We all shared a rehearsal space we called “Shabbey Road”. While we were there Conor had written some songs that we started to work on. The direction of the music seemed to shift to somewhere new so we decided to start a new band around it and that became Tomorrows.

Your music takes influences from the 60s and 70s. Who are your inspirations from these eras?

The Beatles early solo material, The Plastic Ono Band, McCartney and Ram, All Things Must Pass, Harry Nilsson, Pet Sounds and Smile, Odyssey and Oracle, Supertramp, Steely Dan. Mixed with some modern bands like Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Daniel Rossen, Mac De Marco, Conan Mockasin.

You released your debut album, Another Life, last year. Can you tell us a bit about it?

The album was recorded with a few takes and the arrangements we decided while recording. This results in a very immediate recording and final product which could be the most audible characteristic. A couple of the songs were recorded entirely live in the studio and the rest of them were done on home recording set ups. The whole thing was then mixed by Christian Best, who brought a totally new element to it and is a big part of the sound of the album. It was mastered and pressed for vinyl by Aidan Foley (My Bloody Valentine, Fionn Regan) in his studio in Dublin. It found a good home on Trout Records (Dublin) who released it in November and we did a European tour around it towards the end of last year.

If you could each pick a favourite track from the record, which one would it be?

Murph (Bass) – ‘City Like a River’. Really enjoy playing this song live and it was certainly a song that marked a jumping off point for the album. Jed’s guitar/ Ben’s vocal are lovely additions to Conor’s writing and performance. Ciaran (the drummer) and I, keep it simple and locked in to a steady groove which supports the overall song.

Jethro (Guitar, keys, vocals) – ‘Circle’. Circle is probably my favourite followed by all the rest very closely! I love it because there’s something about the way the beat, the chords and the melody combine to make you feel like hey, we can do this… Humans I mean, we can pull together and make a hell of a feel. It ultimately leaves you with a sense of progressiveness which I guess is situationally ironic given the lyrical content and the title…

Ben (Keys, guitar, vocals) – ‘Retrospectives’. It’s a great last track. The effect on the vocal is perfect – mellow but vulnerable. We recorded it live I remember going through it beforehand, each of us figuring out what we were going to do. When I listen to it I can remember that slight edge that none of us knew exactly how it was going to sound. The strings and dreamy outro really add to the feel of the album version, but because the lyrics and chords are so strong it transfers well to a live setting too.

Conor (Vocals, keys, guitar) – ‘Lost Weekend’. Great drum track, done in one take, very Supertrampy Wurlitzer sound, a bass line smoother than a water bed, really nice woozy sound from the mix and a good one to play at a gig.

“The album was recorded with a few takes and the arrangements we decided while recording. This results in a very immediate recording and final product which could be the most audible characteristic.”

You’ve just released the video for ‘Ricochet’. Can you tell us about the inspiration behind the video?

The video was made by Dave O Carroll, a talented friend of ours, and it came together very much by chance. It’s the first music video he’s made. Here’s what he says about it “The song is about the initial excitement of a romance and the moment that excitement disappears. The music itself is so upbeat that I wanted to focus on the night you meet someone new rather than the moment you realise that person isn’t for you. Originally I wanted to create something with more dance moves but it developed into something else. She takes you on a trip around town. A mad night out leaving you vying for her attention. Laura was a legend. Her attitude was so important. Conor was a dick. As usual.”

What else do you have lined up for 2017?

We’re currently writing new material for our next release. Building a better home studio and scouring the internet for gear. We’re also booking some gigs for later in the year.

New Noise: Tomorrows

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