Dublin alternative-rock newcomers TV People today unveil their debut EP, ‘Nothing More’ via Blowtorch Records. The band have also shared a new single, ‘Shallow Minds’.
Working alongside an all-star team including Dan Doherty at Darklands Audio (Fontaines D.C., Vulpynes), Christian Wright at Abbey Road Studios (Radiohead, Blur, LCD Soundsystem) and Grammy award-winning Caesar Edmunds (QOTSA, St. Vincent, PJ Harvey); the band, formed in 2019’s dark and gritty, defining sound has seen them compared to names like Interpol and Editors, receiving continuous support from key names including Hot Press, who named the band as one of their ‘Ones to Watch for 2021’, CLASH Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, Earmilk, BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music, Amazing Radio, RTÉ & more.
Having begun work on their debut EP, ‘Nothing More’ back in March 2020, the five-track release documents a long period of challenges and hardships for TV People. Providing themselves with a purpose during a time when most felt lost, the Dublin newcomers candidly explore themes of disconnection, angst and existential anxiety whilst trying to inject optimism and hope into their sound and themselves in equal measure.
On new single ‘Shallow Minds’, the band explore the loss of a friend – channelling the frustration of watching someone close to you change to a point where you can no longer relate to them, and all feelings of sadness and anger become intertwined with the loss of connection.
Of ‘Shallow Minds’, TV People elaborate: “Some people’s values can be performative, and they can get drawn to malicious and regressive movements due to their desire to belong to something or to go against everyone else for the sake of it. When that happens to someone you care about, you often can’t see what’s going on behind the scenes until it’s too late to intervene and your only option is to cut your losses and move on.
The song is about being at that point of no return with a friend, and laying all of your cards on the table to try and pull them back to you before you have to cut them out of your life for good”.
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For Brendan & Paul, the EP is a testament to their ability to adapt and grow even in the most difficult of situations. From the sharp attention to detail in the brooding, post-punk intensity of 2020 singles ‘Nothing More’ and ‘String’ through to the piercing gloom of new singles ‘Out of the Silence’ and ‘Shallow Minds’, TV People are a band learning from their own personal challenges, growing from their insecurities and maturing into a key component of Dublin’s acclaimed music scene.
“We have been working on this EP for the majority of the pandemic, and wrote and recorded four of the five tunes on it since March 2020.” explain the pair. “The last year has been really difficult for everyone in different ways, and we were really lucky to have this project to work on to give us a sense of purpose during that time.
Because of lockdown, we had to write apart from each other at home. We started to put all of our ideas and WhatsApp recordings into demos that Bren mixed on Logic. Being able to listen back to the demos as we wrote them definitely helped us to refine our songwriting and improve our sense of progression in our music. We’d then meet up before recording to get a bit of organic energy into the tunes.
A lot of the themes of disconnection and existential anxiety on the EP are obviously heavily influenced by the circumstances in which we wrote them, but the later songs have a bit more of a sense of hope and optimism for the future in them. It’s an embodiment of the mental journey that we went through together over the last year while we were creating it.
It’s really important for us to have something tangible to show for the last year, and the EP is something for us to look back on which gives that time in our lives meaning.”
‘Nothing More’, the debut EP from TV People is available digitally on Thursday 26th August via Blowtorch Records. The band will also play a hometown headline show at Dublin’s Whelan’s on 7th October 2021.