Irish indie rockers Inhaler have shared the title track for their upcoming debut album, It Won’t Alway Be Like This.
Last time we checked in with Inhaler I was raving about their dance floor/melancholic meditation mashup ‘Who’s Your Money On (Plastic House)’. That track was a killer mish-mash of styles that not only got me more interested in Inhaler’s oeuvre but also got me excited about their incoming debut album.
From the sounds of it, It Won’t Always Be Like This is shaping up to be a great mix of indie rock and electronica. Lead singer Eli Hewson has a wonderfully versatile voice that can croon, shout, and quiver with the best of them, but it’s the band behind him that really elevates the material past what most indie rock bands are doing for.
Guitarist Josh Jenkinson gets to show off with some impressively dirty licks that bring a biting edge to the bright synths that surround the track, but I’m most impressed with the rhythm section of bassist Robert Keating and drummer Ryan McMahon. Alternating between anchoring the song with a solid foundation and spinning off into their own detours, Keating and McMahon have the ability to play around with different genres and styles without falling into pastiche or cliche. Disco, rock and roll, power pop: it’s all in the mix, and the band always land on their feet.
“There’s a sense of optimism on this album and the song ‘It Won’t Always Be Like This’ is the main catalyst for that,” Hewson explains. “We kept coming back to that title.”
Inhaler are more than willing to dive into the doom and gloom of post punk or dark synth-pop when they are so inclined, but there’s something great about a band taking a stab at catchy indie pop and actually succeeding without losing any sense of uniqueness or grit.
Check out the audio for ‘It Won’t Always Be Like This’ down below. It Won’t Always Be Like This will be released on July 9.