Inhaler, a four-piece indie-rock band originating from Dublin, kicked off their Cuts & Bruises tour on February 16.
The tour subsequently follows the release of their sophomore album, Cuts & Bruises, released on February 17.
Inhaler travelled to Newcastle following their first show at Leeds, and because no Scotland date was announced, I naturally had to attend the closest tour date, and I have no regrets.
Supporting the band was Nieve Ella, an English indie-pop rising star, with her set leaving you feeling like you were in a teenage dream, and FEET, a band from the new generation of Britpop, whose song ‘English Weather’ rang all too true whilst we waited for the concert in the pouring rain.
Performing at 9pm, Inhaler began with the fitting ‘These are the Days’ and the cult-classic ‘My Honest Face’, amping the crowd up for the electrifying set that was to follow.
The 80s-feeling ‘Love Will Get You There’ and the fan favourite ‘Totally’ was played next, giving us all a nostalgic feeling of the concerts from the ‘It Won’t Always Be Like This’ era.
However, it was only fitting that the band played some of the new songs from the album, in which they chose to perform ‘Just To Keep You Satisfied’ and ‘So Far So Good’.
Despite the fans not knowing the lyrics yet to the new material, it didn’t stop them from feeling completely invigorated.
To keep the fans excited, the band brought the set back to the older songs ‘When It Breaks’ and ‘My King Will Be Kind’.
The new song ‘Valentine’ was played next, leaving Elijah Hewson asking you to be his Valentine on the backdrop of a psychedelic rock ensemble, and then the old, but unreleased until now, ‘Dublin in Ecstasy’, with the pure rock instrumental leaving you in awe of the band once again.
The band closed off with my favourite ‘Who’s Your Money On (Plastic House)’, and then ‘Cheer Up Baby’, which only left the crowd wanting more.
However, the boys did return to the stage for a two-song encore, consisting of the new rock and roll heartbreak ballad ‘If Your Gonna Break My Heart’ and the forever classic ‘It Won’t Always Be Like This’.
The concert was invigorating, and mesmerising and reminds me why I love the band so much.
Whether you love their music already or are still yet to hear it, Inhaler are a band you need to see at least once in your life.
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