Cuts & Bruises
If much of Inhaler’s 2021 debut album It Won’t Always Be Like This was written under the claustrophobic strictures of lockdown, this follow-up is the work of a band liberated. It’s the sound of the Dubliners exploring wherever an ascendant rock ’n’ roll career takes them in the world—informed by sights, sounds and emotional experiences they encounter along the way. Their new single, the yearning, bluesy Americana of “If You’re Gonna Break My Heart”, is just one example of that. “We were influenced by being on tour and going out and seeing different bands at festivals,” singer/guitarist Eli Hewson tells Apple Music. “This song was very, very influenced by the American music that we were listening to at the time. It’s our way of musically paying homage to America and being on tour there. It feels like an American show-band-type song, like we’re playing it in a theatre or something like that. And it felt a little bit mature. We’ve always loved that stuff.” Listen to “If You’re Gonna Break My Heart” and pre-add Cuts & Bruises now—once it’s released on 17 February, the full album will be available in your library.