Managing to capture the angst and protest spirit of punk rock and blend it with hooks and melody more akin to the indie rock and power pop of the 90’s, Empty Lungs have an energy and determination second to none. Then again, when you grow up in Belfast, Northern Ireland at the tail end of a bitter and divisive 35-year conflict, grit and determination to create something positive and unique are instilled in you.
This determination has seen Empty Lungs become the first European artist to sign with Canadian based label Hidden Pony Records with which ‘Don’t Get It’ EP was just released.
Speaking on the release and upcoming tour dates, vocalist/guitarist Kev Jones said, “‘Don’t Get It’ is by far the best 3 songs we’ve ever written and we’re so excited to get it out. We’re over the moon to be working with Hidden Pony Records. We’re super excited to be a part of the family.
When we recorded these songs it seemed like a re-birth for our band, our second guitarist of 3 years had just left but the three of us are like a family unit after everything we’ve been through together and I think that shines through in the songs.”
Speaking about the main song, the band says it’s “a f**k you to a culture that warps young people into thinking that self-image and selfishness are the core values of our modern society. Those kinds of attitudes create an atmosphere that alienates anyone that doesn’t fit the mould. The youth culture that we love revolves around tolerance, art, activism and social change. Unfortunately, these aren’t the dreams being sold to many of us.”
Listen to full EP here:
Empty Lungs on tour:
10/03 – Edinburgh, Bannermans
11/03 – Workington, Lounge 41
12/03 – Newcastle, Head Of Steam
14/03 – Worcester, The Marrs Bar
15/03 – London, The Monarch Camden
16/03 – Norwich, Gringos Tequila Bar
01/04 – Belfast, The Barge
07/04 – Limerick, The Loft
08/04 – Ballina, Emmets