Thursday 8 July 2021

Album Review: Inhaler - It Won’t Always Be Like This

It Won’t Always Be Like This’ Tracklisting:

1. It Won't Always Be Like This //  2. My Honest Face  // 3. Slide Out The Window
4. Cheer Up Baby // 5. A Night On The Floor // 6. My King Will Be Kind
7. When It Breaks // 8. Who's Your Money On? (Plastic House)
9. Totally // 10. Strange Time To Be Alive // 11. In My Sleep

Wasting no time, rattling out from the gates, Dublin's Inhaler debut their new album 'It Won't Always Be Like This' on July 9th through Polydor. 

If anyone's ever found themselves asking if guitar music is dead, then they are clearly yet to get their ears round this record. As the title track sets the mood through its chest thumping basslines and jagged guitar layering we find a common denominator running throughout with anthemic choruses aplenty and a stadium ready demeanour set to blow the roof off.

We started writing this when we were teenagers and now we’re adults,” says Keating. “I wanted the songs to feel positive,” adds Hewson. “Because… it won’t always be like this.” And that's an immediate nature that can be found throughout the record from Cheer Up Baby's scintillating melodies and its insatiable driving force to My Honest Face which pierces its honesty and vulnerability through lyrics such as "I can look good in a certain light / so don’t look too closely at me tonight".

Spanning from teenagers in to rowdy adults, the album has been years in the making as songs become tweaked and life experiences come to fruitful life serving as a wonderful coming of age concept.

Exploring further expansive dynamics on A Night On The Floor through elongated guitars and jazzed up melodies the band show their diversifying abilities, also evident on the stomping 6 minute Who’s Your Money On? (Plastic House), a track filled with arpeggiated synths and pummelling percussion. Not to mention their atmospheric almost 1975-esque interlude, Strange Time To Be Alive.

Album closer In My Sleep though soon brings back their guitar thrashing sound to great effect as its changing pace offers up longing thoughts of us soon to be back in a mosh-pit with like minded individuals, arms and hands flailing and crashing together.

Overall, the album's long awaited arrival has been met with much triumph as the four-piece blend and churn out a nostalgic masterpiece that toys with being equally forward thinking yet all the same time familiar. 

Inhaler's debut album 'It Won’t Always Be Like This' will be available on July 9th through Polydor.



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