Dublin 4 piece The New 52 will release their new ep ‘Green’ on March 30th followed by a headline show on April 8th at Workmans Club and Galway’s Roisin Dubh on April 13th. The EP will be available for €4.99 from iTunes & all streaming sites from March 30th.
High octane new single ‘ACCIDENTS & EMERGENCIES’ is the first song lifted from the five-track EP. Singer Darragh Cullen explains “I wrote the song following a seizure I suffered in 2016, a particularly harrowing anxiety incident which landed me in hospital for a night. I wanted the music (and lyrics video) to reflect the manic, overactive, and loud thoughts that anxiety produces. Plus, I wanted the song to really rock, because the band are so good at turning it up a notch - or three!”
The ‘Green’ EP is the first new collection of songs released by the quartet since their 2016 debut album ‘Let me sleep’. Since then, The New 52supported Blue Rose Code on a successful Irish tour, and released 2 singles ‘Good Intentions’ and ‘I Am’ which reached Number 1 in the iTunes Rock Charts.
The 5 tracks on the new EP were recorded in guitarist Conor's home studio, Studio 57, and produced by Conor & Darragh Cullen. The new EP is a departure for Cullen, who after recording all the instruments solo on the debut album when he was just 15, has now joined in a collective effort with the other members of The New 52 for the first time on these recordings – with Darragh on guitar/vocals, Conor McLoughlin on guitar, Mikey Deasy on bass/vocals, Sean O'Connor on drums. Rebecca Geary (Sub Motion singer) guests on backing vocals, on the songs ‘We'll Always Have Paris’ & ‘Is There Revolution?’.
The five original songs on ‘Green’ tackle diverse topics ranging from highly personal narratives to international affairs – ‘Accidents & Emergencies’ is an intensely personal chronicle of Darragh’s anxiety related seizure and hospital stay. ‘Is There Revolution?’ is politically charged, about living in the Trump era. ‘Love’ was inspired by the Netflix show of the same name, written directly after Darragh finished binge watching the first season. ‘Controlling The Night’ is a fine illustration of how the collaborative energies of the band can change the dynamic of the song. It was arranged based on the influences of all 4 members, including Mikey's love of funk resulting in a slap bass solo and the band's mutual love of Prince which influenced the guitar tones used on the recording.
Boasting influences as wide as FOO FIGHTERS, BEN FOLDS, THE BEATLES, U2, SIMON & GARFUNKEL, CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN, ROBBIE WILLIAMS, and more, the band pride themselves on their energetic, genre-hopping performances.
Darragh has shared the stage with a host of top acts including Aslan, We Cut Corners, Ham Sandwich, Little Green Cars. His previous albums were highly acclaimed leading him to be named MALE SOLO ARTIST OF THE YEAR by Jackie Hayden (Hot Press Magazine), while the Sunday Tribune called him “a talent to be reckoned with” and awarded him a TOP 5 SPOT IN THEIR HOTTEST ACTS FOR 2011.