A TRIO hailing from Cork with a bright indie-rock future hoving into view, Rowan have signed with the Los Angeles indie Beverly Martel and are gearing up for the release of their EP, Everybody Talks, on July 23rd; and they’ve dropped a video for the slow-burn melodies of the title track today. Have a gander down at the end there.
The visuals were, according to the band, shot with a “groggy morning-after aesthetic” at an old Georgian mansion just outside of Dublin.
The song? “It’s about that feeling you have when it seems everybody is out to get you”, the band say.
Rowan came into being last year when three seasoned musicians, vocalist Dylan Howe, guitarist Kevin Herron and drummer Fionn Hennessy-Hayes were catapulted into a lockdown loss of income. Dylan already had a wealth of songs to hand sketched out down the years; and a so a new project sprang into life.
Their first single, “Finish Line”, had an indie-folk delicacy and a little Travis to its caress, and was followed by the proper dancefloor indie anthem, “Big Wave”. A debut EP, No One Is Safe Here, was wistful and contained five tracks of longing and escapism, inspired by Dylan’s “struggles with mental health” as he used art to “try and get the bad stuff out. It’s like therapy,” as he explained.
Was there ever a feeling that the pandemic-induced hiatus meant the threesome should turn their hands to other things, ride it out? Not a bit of it.
“We figured doing anything was better than radio silence,” explains Fionn. “We just wanted to connect to people.”
Rowan’s Everybody Talks EP will be released by Beverley Martel on July 23rd.