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SOAK announces new ’90s indie rock-inspired album If I Never Know You Like This Again, new song & gigs

SOAK announces new ’90s indie rock-inspired album If I Never Know You Like This Again, new song & gigs

Bridie Monds-Watson (they/them) aka SOAK is back with news of a third album entitled If I Never Know You Like This Again to be released on Rough Trade on May 20th 2022.

A new song ‘last july’ is also released to mark the announcement with a video by video shot by Ellius Grace.

The Derry artist’s third album is a followup to 2019’s Grim Town and SOAK’s Choice Music Prize winning 2015 debut album Before We Forgot How to Dream.

In addition, SOAK has announced a date at Whelans, Dublin on May 26th this year.

Tickets €19 plus fees on sale Friday, 28th January at 10am from

Gigs in Dolan’s in Limerick, Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast and Bennigans Bar, Derry are also on the cards.

If I Never Know You Like This Again was written and recorded once again with long-time collaborator Tommy McLaughlin with inspirations from classic indie rock like Broken Social Scene, Pavement and Radiohead’s The Bends. They were “nerding out on guitars and pedals like moronic bros.” they say.

The album was recorded with the rest of the band in Tommy’s space, Attica Studios in Donegal.

SOAK’s Bridie Monds-Watson (they/them) has incessantly documented their life in photos and video from a young age.

“I hate the idea of getting older and forgetting, or having a family and not being able to perfectly explain a memory or a feeling. I always want to remember exactly how I felt at a certain moment.”

“This record is the most accurate picture of me. I felt no pressure at all, it was almost like I was ranting as I was writing,” they explain.“When I was looking to the past, it was as though I had a big lottery ball of all my recent memories and I would just randomly select which one I wanted to unpack. It helped me to process my past.”

If I Never Know You Like This Again Tracklisting:


2. last july

3. bleach

4.get well soon

5. red-eye

6. guts

7. baby, you’re full of shit

8. pretzel

9. neptune

10. swear jar

SOAK Tour Dates:

Jan 27th – Heartbreakers, Southampton

Jan 28th – The Boileroom, Guildford

Jan 29th – Record junkie, Sheffield

Jan 31st – Oporto, Leeds

Feb 1st – The Fulford Arms, York

Feb 2nd – Traders Club, Hebden Bridge

Feb 3rd – The Glad Café, Glasgow

Feb 5th -Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast

Feb 6th – Bennigans Bar, Derry

May 25th – Dolan’s, Limerick

May 26th – Whelan’s, Dublin

May 28th – YES, Manchester

May 29th – The Caves, Edinburgh

May 31st – Village Underground, London

June 1st – Patterns, Brighton

June 2nd – Thekla, Bristol