Irish rising indie stars The Wha have returned with stunning new single ‘Young Skins’. ‘Young Skins’ follows ‘Blue For You’, a huge single released last month that cemented the Kilkenny four-piece as an indie band to watch, with a sound that lends itself to the alternative classics but is also remarkably forward-thinking.
Last year also saw the band release the singles ’40 Odd Years’ and ‘Innocents’, two tracks which established the quartet’s confessional take on alternative foundations and drew support from the likes of BBC 6 Music, Radio X, DIY Magazine, Dork and more.
‘Young Skins’ is once again produced by the legendary Stephen Street (Blur, The Smiths), and sees The Wha hone their definitive sound even more, as urgent lyrics gloriously impact over swooning instrumentation and driving guitars, culminating in an instant singalong hit.
Released alongside the single, the accompanying video perfectly encapsulates the band’s glorious rise so far, documenting their growth from scrappy youths playing in a garage to becoming one of Ireland’s hottest alternative prospects.
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All aged just between 19-20 years old, The Wha are dual vocalists and guitarists Finn Cusack and Sam Cullen, joined by Marek Lech (bass) and Abe G. Harris (drums). Childhood friends Finn and Sam met in primary school, eventually forging a songwriting partnership aged just 15 years-old that would go on to form the nucleus of The Wha.
Influenced by the evergreen greats – The Beatles, Brian Wilson, Bob Dylan – and contemporary auteurs like Julian Casablancas, Alex Turner and Father John Misty, as well as playwright Sarah Kane, satirist Flann O’Brien and novelist Jack Kerouac; The Wha find humour and understanding everywhere – piling it high alongside buoyant riffs, tempestuous rhythms, and Finn and Sam’s wry lyricism.