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Soda Blonde drive in new directions

Wednesday, 13th November, 2019 4:42pm


In March this year, after over a decade together, Little Green Cars announced they’d run out of fuel. But rather than end up on the scrap heap, from the salvage emerged Soda Blonde.

Comprised of former members of Little Green Cars, the new project features new songs, a new sound, and a new direction. The Dublin alt-pop band have launched their debut EP ‘Terrible Hands’, and play Cork this week as part of their nine-date Ireland and UK tour.

With Faye O’Rourke (lead vocals), Adam O’Regan (keys and guitar), Donagh Seaver O’Leary (bass) and Dylan Lynch (drums), the band’s EP features a new alt-pop direction.

Their electro-pop sound displays a distinct new identity for the bandmates, seamlessly weaving influences from Fleetwood Mac, Little Dragon, and Bat for Lashes.

Speaking about the band's new songs, songwriter and lead vocalist Faye O’Rourke said: “They definitely feel like they wouldn’t fit into Little Green Cars as well as they fit into this project. It was a real liberation, getting to arrange them. They could reach their potential without having to fit into a previous mould.”

The tracks on ‘Terrible Hands’ were self-produced by the band at their Dublin HQ, and written by lead singer Faye O’Rourke in her unique lyrical style.

The presence of dreamy synth and electronic elements in the tracks will be noticeable to fans expecting more-of-the-same from the former Little Green Cars. But despite signifying a distinct new direction for the previous indie rockers, these new elements are not overbearing, and complement O’Rourke’s vocal style well.

Combined with a subtle higher tempo, they give the EP a more up to date feel than the work produced in Little Green Cars.

The EP’s style feels more modern, but with O’Rourke’s vocals often reminiscent of Kate Bush and Annie Lennox.

“I’ve always written the same way, used the same technique. I let my subconscious inform things. I’m still writing the same way. Sound wise, I think there’s a real vibrance and energy, and probably a lot of electronic synth.

“I’ve always written about deeply personal things. There’s always more themes to be explored going into the album, so I‘d rather not give too much away. Also I think people need to be free to draw their own interpretations,” added O’Rourke.

The EP’s title track ‘Terrible Hands’, the band’s second single, is out now.

Soda Blonde play the Kino on Washington Street on Saturday 16 November at 9pm.

Tickets are €22.50 plus booking fee, and are available from

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