INHALER today (Feb 3rd) share new single ‘If You’re Gonna Break My Heart’ ahead of releasing their eagerly awaited second album ‘Cuts & Bruises’ on February 17th via Polydor Records.
‘If You’re Gonna Break My Heart’ is the third single to be unveiled from ‘Cuts & Bruises’, following the uplifting‘Love Will Get You There’ and last summer’s euphoric anthem ‘These Are The Days’.
The band explain how the rootsy, piano powered ‘If You’re Gonna Break my Heart’ took its inspiration, “Whilst on tour in America last year we were listening to a lot of music by some of the great American writers such as Bob Dylan, The Band, Bruce Springsteen etc.
Listening to these artists while travelling on big open highways resonated with us and helped shape this song into making us sound more like a live band than we had before.”
‘Cuts & Bruises’ is the follow-up to Inhaler’s debut album ‘It Won’t Always Be Like This’ which debuted at no.1 in both the UK & Irish Official Charts. Released in July 2021, ‘It Won’t Always Be Like This’ became the fastest-selling debut album on vinyl by any band this century and saw Inhaler become the first Irish group to top the Album Charts with a debut in 13 years.
Following a prolonged period of touring, the band’s sophomore album began to take shape in Dublin rehearsal space The Nunnery over Christmas 2021, with the four band members – vocalist and guitarist Elijah Hewson, bassist Robert Keating, guitarist Josh Jenkinson and drummer Ryan McMahon – writing and rehearsing a brace of new songs.
“It was just the four of us jamming in the live room and trying to come up with ideas on the spot,” says Keating. “Playing live for a few months beforehand really helped shape what kind of direction we wanted to take it in.”
‘Cuts & Bruises’ features 11 tracks and was produced by Inhaler’s long term collaborator Antony Genn at his northwest London studio Narcissus.
The tracklisting is:
- Just To Keep You Satisfied
- Love Will Get You There
- So Far, So Good
- These Are The Days
- If You’re Gonna Break My Heart
- Perfect Storm
- Dublin In Ecstasy
- When I Have Her On My Mind
- The Things I Do
- Now You Got Me
INHALER embark on a run of sold-out UK dates in February before heading to the US for a month-long headline tour. They then join Arctic Monkeys on their European tour ahead of playing their biggest UK headline shows to date at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse (May 19th) and London’s Brixton Academy (May 20th).
Summer will see INHALER support Harry Styles at Slane Castle and Sam Fender at St James Park as well as performing at TRNSMT and Reading & Leeds festival.
UK TOUR DATES
16-Feb-23 Leeds O2 Academy
17-Feb-23 Newcastle NX
18-Feb-23 Liverpool The Mountford Hall
20-Feb-23 Norwich Nick Rayns LCR, UEA
21-Feb-23 Cardiff University Great Hall
23-Feb-23 Nottingham Rock City
24-Feb-23 Birmingham O2 Academy
25-Feb-23 Bristol O2 Academy
19-May-23 Manchester O2 Victoria Warehouse
20-May-23 London O2 Academy Brixton