Dublin, County Dublin
Following a brilliant summer playing John Kennedy’s Radio X Summer Party with Mystery Jets, APRE and Calva Louise; Reading & Leeds Festivals; as well as Electric Picnic, Irish-born, indie artist, Somebody’s Child returns with arguably his best track to date, the brilliant Jungle.
Using his music as a platform to maintain a conversation on mental health, Somebody’s Child frequently finds solace in songwriting and is not afraid to address, and share his personal aperture.
Jungle is a frenetic ball of nervous energy with an indelible guitar riff that runs throughout. It’s an honest track that touches on different feelings than Somebody’s Child’s previous releases, including loneliness, anguish, hurt and isolation.
Speaking more about the track, Somebody’s Child explains,
“Jungle to me provokes different feelings than my previous releases, such as loneliness, anguish, hurt and isolation. Its message is clear. It is a reflection of the times we are living in. We have political and economic facades thrown in our face everyday. My generation feels disillusioned in its relationship with authority due to the circus going on right from the top figures down to the media broadcast in our homes. No-one seems to have any direction and this feeling is filtering into our minds. Our heads continue to focus on power, money and legacy while our planet is weak at the knees."
In just nine months as an act, he’s gathered quite the collection of accolades. His debut Make You Alright and follow up single Toes saw national Irish radio play across a multitude of stations garnering a total of 7.3 million listener impacts, with his follow up single Distance landing over 5 million listener impacts as well as Song of the Week on Irish radio station, RTE 2fm. Further afield, all three tracks have gained momentum at BBC Introducing, as well as Make You Alright picking up traction on Radio X, which led to Somebody’s Child respectively playing the BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds Festivals, and John Kennedy’s Radio X Summer Party this summer.
He’s also made a considerable impression online, with flattering reviews from such tastemaking blogs as Clash, EARMILK, Atwood Magazine and many others, reaching No. 1 on Hype Machine chart, landing numerous Tracks of the Day, and earning placements on the coveted Spotify editorial playlists ‘Hot New Bands’ and ‘A Breath of Fresh Eire’.
Now performing accompanied by a band, Somebody’s Child will be supporting band, All Tvvins during their Irish tour in October [tickets here], as well as playing Irish Music Week in Dublin on 4 October.
Speaking to the motivation behind Distance, Somebody’s Child states:
Distance to me brings out those ecstatic feelings of young love along with those of naivety from one’s first heartbreak. It’s a nostalgic adventure into the innocence that we chase for the rest of our lives. A coming of age story that lies between the lines of expectation and reality.