Soda Blonde was formed last year by four members of the critically acclaimed Little Green Cars, whose debut album (produced by Marcus Dravs) hit the Number One spot in Ireland and saw them gain a coveted spot on the BBC Sound Of poll. Their debut EP, Terrible Hands which was released at the end of last year. All four band members (O’Rourke, guitarist Adam O’Regan, drummer Dylan Lynch and bassist Donagh Seaver-O’Leary) are seasoned musicians, despite their youth. O’Rourke is the first to admit that when Little Green Cars called it a day, she felt lost. But a career shift for the four musicians wasn’t in the cards – and Small Talk is self-evident proof, different than anything the group have released before, but carrying on its back all the things they’ve learned.
Wholly unafraid to admit her flaws and defiant in the face of the world’s misconceptions, O’Rourke litters the songs on Small Talk with tension, playing with the reliability of personal experience. While examining the intricacies of big subjects – religion versus science; good versus bad; fate versus choice – Small Talk also seeks to unpack O’Rourke’s own conditioning. Self-assuredness grapples with societal pressures, anger battles it out with contentment, and frustration with a divide – between personal relationships and the world at large – is ever-present. With their previous single 'Small Talk' getting huge support and added to numerous Spotify playlists, such as New Music Friday and Fresh Finds, Soda Blonde are keen to keep the momentum going in the lead up to their debut album release on July 9th.
Their new single In the Heat of the Night is slightly different from the previous offerings, more upbeat, almost danceable (build up to the summer fun in expectation of the festivals, etc,?) with some rhytms and riffs that will creep into your head and you wouldn't even know it's there. Faye O'Rourke's remarkable vocal stands above, guiding us through, like a flashlight through the darkness. The band's idea to keep the momentum going before the album release works really well as this is their best release to date.
"IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME COMING SO DON’T ACT SURPRISED
THE THINGS WE SAY IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT"