Our sprawling capital has produced some undeniably fantastic young bands over the years, however this particular one catches the eye of late. Otherkin are David Anthony , Luke Reilly, Rob Summons and Conor Andrew Wynne, a talented four piece who have been on an upward musical roller-coaster since they formed in 2013. They are no strangers to the festival circuit boasting slots at Electric Picnic, Longitude and Other Voices to name only a few over the past year and hold claim to supporting prevalent acts such as Palma Violets and Parquet Courts. On the outside they are your typical rockers, leathers and ripped skinny jeans aplenty. Their music however, is the million dollar ticket.
Their single ‘Ay Ay’ is only a snippet of what this band has the ability to compose. From the outset you are hooked, the immense guitar riff at the opening guarantees this. Once the drum beat kicks in it’s all systems go, failing to let up until the bitter end. Bass, guitar, drums, what more do you need? Their sound is clean, pop and grunge combined to assemble a sound comparable to that of The Hives or Oasis in their heyday. In contrast to the previous comment, there is originality here. While all members appear to have strong vocal ability, the instruments themselves do the talking and there is a superb guitar solo near the close of track which is without a doubt worth a mention. A catchy melody that you can envision yourself listening to on a sunny afternoon at full decimal.
The video for the single has received a certain amount of recognition, notably earning ‘Video of the Week’ status in the Irish Times recently. The black and white visuals are reminiscent of the White Stripes and provide an exceptional backdrop for the musical delight on offer. Highly recommended viewing.
Otherkin are showing the makings of something special. Their talent is undeniable and the only way is up for the Dublin four-piece who could well be at the forefront of the Irish grunge scene very soon. With a gig announced at The Thomas House on June 11th, I for one will be greatly anticipating their next move.