Ahead of the release of their fourth studio album Magnify on September 30 HamsandwicH are set to release new single ‘All My Blood’ August 12, 2022.
‘All My Blood’ is the follow up to singles ‘Electro-Wave’ and ‘Le Soleil’ released throughout 2022. Speaking on their new music HamsandwicH guitarist Darcy says: “I think we’re always afraid of writing the same song,” With this new music the band incorporated an array of fresh influences and electronic soundscapes whilst maintaining melodic motifs integral to their idiosyncratic style. Of their latest body of work, Niamh reflects, “We’re a band who have constantly evolved over the years and this is our biggest evolution yet.”
The Kells band’s enthusiasm for writing and performing shines through on new single ‘All My Blood’. HamsandwicH are ready to party and ‘All My Blood’ is a great party song as it builds to a classic HamsandwicH climax. It is the perfect blend of the HamsandwicH we know and love and the new direction the band are embarking on. It’s a subtle shift from the infectious 80s synth-pop arrangement of ‘Electro-Wave’ the sonic setting immediately re-contextualises Farrell and McNamee’s synonymous vocal pairing. “Do you still feel like your life’s a Saturday night?” McNamee poses throughout the track. Meanwhile, Le Soleil is a mix of fun alt-pop and light dance that pairs really well with the call and response song writing. Magnify promises to be a testament to HamsandwicH’s spirited and assured artistic voice, and of their penchant to be daring with their music.
The writing and recording of Magnify encouraged new ways of working for the band, notably collaborating with producer Michael Heffernan (Dermot Kennedy, Ailbhe Reddy, Thumper) for the first time. They also worked with a different cast of collaborators, including Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) as well as Emily Lazar and Chris Allgood (Beck, Haim) who mastered the record, also facilitated the band’s renewed perspective towards making music.
Writing remotely in different parts of the country (Dublin, Meath and Monaghan), swapping ideas over voice notes and recording between studios and Niamh’s kitchen over a staggered timeframe, the band’s adaptability is woven into the tapestry of Magnify’s essence. Their ease of moving from propulsive rhythms to introspective and sweet soundscapes is effortless and a testament to their remarkable musicianship and unwavering chemistry as a band.
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