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Introducing: Newry 18-year-old Lauren Ann has the grunge pop smarts on ‘How It Works’

Introducing: Newry 18-year-old Lauren Ann has the grunge pop smarts on ‘How It Works’


The North of Ireland has always been a hotbed of guitar and rock music, usually heavier, punkier, grungier and more responsive to it.

From the Undertones to Still Little Fingers to Ash to And So I Watch You From Afar, there is a legacy of rock that is omnipresent.

18-year-old Newry native Lauren Ann sounds like she grew up indulging in a grungy ’90s take on rock music. Lauren Ann mentions The Pixies, No Doubt and Suede as influences and in two songs, Lauren captures that spirit of energy and combines it with a pop sensibility that gives her music a radio-friendly edge (albeit more on the fringes than daytime – this stuff would have found a home on Phantom FM).

This Friday, Lauren Ann’s second single ‘How It Works’ is released, a classic grungy guitar rock track with melodic smarts and huge youthful confidence.

The song is released on on Beardfire Music (RUNAH, Patricia Lalor, Leila Jane) on Friday with a first listen here:

Lauren Ann’s first single ‘Don’t Take It Out On Me’ was entirely self-produced and ‘How it Works’ was recorded, produced, mixed and mastered in Dublin at Beardfire Studio by producer David Virgin and his sons Rohan Healy and Al Quiff.

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