Irish Band Of The Week – Hvmmingbyrd
This week’s Irish band of the week are the Kildare/Dublin band Hvmmingbyrd, who will be storming the Body & Soul main stage this weekend at the wonderful Electric Picnic. The band initially began as a sort of indie-folk quintet in 2013 but they reformed earlier this year with a sort of alt-pop duo. Along with original member Deborah Byrne, newcomer Suzette Das began to collaborate and develop this more electrified version of the original Hvmmingbyrd changing sound drew comparisons between Hvmmingbyrd and eclectic artists such as Enya and Massive Attack.
They have since released two tracks, ‘Out of My Head’ and ‘If Love Was Enough’, both of which went on to be named as Nialler9’s Song of the Week on the Irish Times, a prestigious enough accolade, to say the least. The duo then went on to release their first music video for ‘If Love Was Enough’ which was directed by Crooked Gentlemen and featuring Irish NBC actor Eoin Macken and Olivia Romao. The track has become a regular feature on an array of Irish radio stations such as Ian Dempsey’s Breakfast Show on Today FM, 98FM, 2FM, TXFM, and many other Irish stations. It’s easy to see why the track received such acclaim and recognition, it’s a fierce explosion of cacophonic sound with more ethereal undertones.
The summer has already shaped up pretty well for the pair, playing the Live at Heart festival in Sweden and Electric Picnic: Body & Soul Stage this summer. They’ve also managed to find the time to launch their latest EP, Know My Name. The EP is produced by Hvmmingbyrd and Aisling Jarvis and will launch in the Grand Social on 29 September.