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November 14, 2020


Hot on the heels of the BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music tipped ‘Nothing More’, rising Dublin indie-punks TV PEOPLE reflect on addictions and self destructive behaviours in brooding new cut ‘String’.

Joining forces with Dan Doherty at Darklands Audio (Fontaines D.C., Vulpynes) and Christian Wright at Abbey Road Studios (Radiohead, Blur, LCD Soundsystem) the Dublin outfit are taking on 2020 with force; building a name for themselves as the latest in a wave of talent bursting out of Dublin.

On ‘String’, the four-piece’s attention to detail shines bright; maintaining the brooding, punk-tinged undertones and slowed guitar lines which have earnt early comparisons to the likes of Interpol and Editors. 

Speaking about ‘String’,  frontman Paul Donohoe details: “’String’ is about my past experiences with addiction and using self destructive behaviour as a coping mechanism for life’s problems.

In the culture we have surrounding drinking and sessioning, the line between having a good time and seriously damaging your mental health isn’t always clear. Self-destructive behaviour is normalised and even encouraged. I’ve seen a lot of people around me going through it. It’s hard to escape from even when you’re aware that it’s a problem because it’s so hidden and ingrained in the way that we socialise. 

The song is about the feelings of hopelessness, regret and frustration that I’ve felt in the past when I’ve been stuck in that situation and the damage that they do to your mind over time.”

Deep intense brooding melodies collide with the gritty tone TV People project, the harrowing lyrics, and the immersive biting instrumentation join forces for flawless execution. String devours the listener with its bold and expansive atmosphere. The notes just send chills to the audience, they know how to hook a listener and build up their intensity and emotive values. Mixing these shimmering bright effects with heavy riffs and delicate cymbal crashes. TV People are fearless as they control the ferocity of their arrangement.

‘String’ follows the release of singles ‘Nothing More’, ‘Kitchen Sinking’ and ‘Time Eats Up’ earlier in 2020, with ‘Nothing More’ collecting praise from Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1, Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music and The Line of Best Fit to name but a few, ‘Kitchen Sinking’ earning a spot on Spotify’s ‘An Alternative Éire’ playlist, and ‘Time Eats Up’ receiving heavy promotion from the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

Hailing from the heart of Ireland’s capital, TV People are a Dublin four-piece who lace their indie/garage rock sound with punk-infused undertones. Despite forming in early 2019, the band have been honing their craft across the live scene, making themselves one of the most exciting bands coming out of Dublin right now.

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