Kilkenny electro-pop duo 49th & Main are set to release a 9-track project called B.O.A.T.S (Based on a True Story) this Friday June 30th on Ninja Tune imprint Counter Records, and they are taking the title literally and celebrating with a boat party next week.
The boat leaves Dun Laoghaire Pier next Wednesday the 5th July at 6pm – 8pm, and will feature Paddy from 49th & Main playing acoustic versions of songs from the record, along with performances fro Emma Power and fellow Kilkenny native Welshy DJing too.
To get on the boat, you have to sign up to the 49th & Main mailing list here.
Listen to new single ‘Lovin You’ here:
B.O.A.T.S, Based on a true story, the story being ours so far. The idea behind the title is to represent the two of us in an ‘alien’ environment. It encompasses how we’re feeling in this industry at this stage, still wrestling with the idea that we belong here and are meant to feel at home beside other great artists on rosters & festival line ups etc. The record itself is classic 49th & Main, genres all over the place but designed to soundtrack the best times of your life.”
49th & Main – B.O.A.T.S
1 – Crash and Burn
2 – Anything Less
3 – Waster
4 – Said Nothing (Feat. SKYLAR)
5 – Call Me Back
6 – Habits II
7 – Mangos
8 – Icy
9 – Lovin You
49th & Main tour dates
16th – Sea Sessions, Donegal
8th – Otherside Festival, Ireland
15th – Beat Herder festival, Lancashire
21st – Standon Calling
22nd – Forest Fest, Portlaoise
September (UK HEADLINE TOUR)
16th – Night & Day, Manchester
17th – Sneaky Petes, Edinburgh
18th – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
19th – Thekla, Bristol
20th – Scala, London
21st – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
22nd – Bodega, Nottingham
49th & Main
Hailing from the Irish town of Kilkenny, 49th & Main are an indie-pop duo consisting of producer Ben O’Sullivan and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Paddy King. The pair first met in school and after growing close, they began working on music together during a particularly warm summer, with O’Sullivan dabbling with acoustics and how to record King’s guitar.
Once in Vancouver (just off 49th & Main street), O’Sullivan found himself unable to find work; so whilst King and his friends went to work at stores and building sites across the city, he would spend his days producing and writing music for Paddy to jump on when he returned.
It was around this time that O’Sullivan, unbeknownst to him, had developed aplastic anemia. A rare blood disease which prevented his bone marrow from producing enough new blood cells, making him chronically fatigued and prone to infections. After returning home from Canada, came months of tests, scans and anxiety for what was to come.
On the 1st of January 2020, O’Sullivan was officially diagnosed and began treatment which left him heavily immunocompromised, living between the attic of his family home or a triple-sealed hospital room.
Three months after O’Sullivan began treatment, and on the eve of a worldwide lockdown, 49th & Main introduced themselves to the world with the trap-infused ‘Party Alone’, in collaboration with former classmate TraviS. Less than a month later, they released their debut project Neon Palm Trees; which jumped between genres effortlessly as the pair blended dual influences without fear of insult. What followed, however, was beyond even the wildest of expectations. In April 2020, 49th & Main released ‘Catching Eyes’, a lo-fi banger which has gone on to generate over 15 million streams on Spotify and propel the duo to new heights.”
Since then, 49th & Main have been on a roll, releasing collaborations with artists such as Sarah Carton, Khakikid, Landis and Chameleon (the latter of whom appeared on the band’s latest mixtape rodeo doors (COVID TAPES) which consists of 5 songs written in 5 days while the pair were in isolation with COVID). Over time, the pair have been attracting attention across the industry, including Red Light Management where they quickly joined the impressive global roster. Excitingly, the band recently announced that they have signed a global record deal with independent label Counter Records, an imprint of Ninja Tune, who already house artists such as Bonobo, Bicep, Thundercat, Kelis and Black Country, New Road. On top of that, Paradigm have come on board to support their live journey.