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NewDad to release debut album Madra, UK & Irish tour, new single ‘Angel’

NewDad to release debut album Madra, UK & Irish tour, new single ‘Angel’


Galway indie band NewDad have announced their debut album release.

NewDad’s debut album Madra will be released on January 26th 2024  through Fair Youth/Atlantic.

The band announced the news, and shared the new single ‘Angel’, which follows on from recent single ‘Break In’.

In addition, the band have revealed a UK and Irish tour dates for early next year as per below.

‘Angel’ is a song inspired by the TV show Euphoria, with singer/songwriter Julie Dawson inspired by the destructive relationship of characters Rue and Jules.

The album artwork was photographed by Irish creative Joshua Gordon, “shows a broken doll that serves as a metaphor for the album’s themes of fragility and vulnerability.”

The album was written in their home city of Galway before the band moved to London this year, and recorded at the Rockfield Studios, the album has been produced by NewDad’s long-time collaborator Chris W Ryan (Just Mustard) and mixed by Alan Moulder.

Madra meaning dog in Irish explores various difficult parts of the human condition and the idea of the title is that these feelings that come up are sometimes ones you can’t escape, feelings that follow you around like a dog. We had an amazing team around us who helped bring these songs to life and we’re so excited for this album to be out in the world. We hope that people connect with the songs and that Madra can be a comfort to everyone who listens.”

Madra tracklisting

  1. Angel
  2. Sickly Sweet
  3. Where I Go
  4. Change My Mind
  5. In My Head
  6. Nosebleed
  7. Let Go
  8. Dream Of Me
  9. Nightmares
  10. White Ribbons
  11. Madra

UK & Ireland Tour
1 Dec 2023         Galway                              Roisin Dubh
24 Feb 2024       Leeds                                 Belgrave Music Hall
25 Feb 2024       Manchester                     Band On The Wall
26 Feb 2024       Glasgow                            St Luke’s
28 Feb 2024       Dublin                               Button Factory
2 March 2024    Birmingham                     O2 Institute
3 March 2024    Bristol                                Trinity
5 March 2024    London                             Koko

Pre-sale: Wednesday 20th September @ 10am BST
General sale: 22nd September @ 10am BST

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About NewDad

Galway-formed band NewDad (a moniker they picked from a random name generator) formed in Galway, Ireland in 2020 after coming together for a musical practical at school, as part of a final year project. It’s a songwriting journey that began at the age of nine, when singer/guitarist Julie Dawson took up guitar after falling for Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriele via her parent’s record collection before developing her skill set at various summer camps.

NewDad have released two hyped EP’s previously – Waves (2021) and Banshee (2022) – both of which were produced by Chris W Ryan, with the latter mixed by John Congleton (St Vincent, Phoebe Bridgers). Since signing to Atlantic Records earlier this year, the band have dropped two tracks, ‘In My Head’ (which will feature on their debut) and ‘Break In’.

Part of the Ireland’s fruitful music scene – one that’s generated Fontaine’s D.C, CMAT and Just Mustard over recent years – NewDad are here to remind us of the restlessness, anxieties, and the sometimes-flawed relationships that we’ve all had to navigate throughout our lives. Straddling the autobiographical with the fantastical, the band also draw influence from modern-day cinema/TV and their home city of Galway. 

NewDad recently returned to their homeland to playa sold out show at Dublin’s Grand Social. They have previously opened for Paolo Nutini at Alexandra Palace, Fontaines DC at Custom House Square and Inhaler at Fairview Park.

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