• Isobel Harmer

Live Review: Inhaler @ Rescue Rooms

This Valentine’s Day saw Dublin’s rising indie-rock quartet Inhaler take to the Rescue Rooms stage, with support from FEET.


The quirky quintet known as FEET brought energetic, rhythmic beats and catchy riffs along with some chaotically erratic dancing, making a certainly entertaining performance to watch and had the audience bopping along as the room filled. They exuded groovy, psychedelic, 70s-esque vibes and were exciting to watch, so they have definitely earned themselves at least one new fan. They successfully warmed up the growing audience, now bustling with energy and excitement for the headliner to follow.

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Despite the fact that Inhaler currently only have 7 songs released digitally, they have already amassed a large, passionate following and seem to be heading for big things in 2020 after being ranked number 5 in BBC’s Sound of 2020 poll. They have supported Blossoms on a US tour, are set to support Kasabian this summer, are going as far afield as Japan in an upcoming tour and are still yet to release a debut album.


An eager crowd of an impressive variation of ages awaited the four Irish youngsters, demonstrating that their music transcends generations and appeals to the masses; the older members in the audience may have been drawn in due to frontman Eli Hewson’s vocal talents being reminiscent of his father, U2’s Bono. As they walked out to the zealous crowd, I couldn’t help but notice how young the four members looked, which made their ensuing set even more impressive as they effortlessly demonstrated maturity and confidence with their sharp and polished performance.

'An eager crowd of an impressive variation of ages awaited the four Irish youngsters, demonstrating that their music transcends generations and appeals to the masses'.

Due to their limited back-catalogue, the short set consisted of an even balance of released and unreleased tracks. Interspersed among the lesser known tunes, they launched into the likes of It Won’t Always Be Like This, with euphoric, soaring vocals from Hewson, and latest single We Have To Move On, which sparked enthusiastic moshing from crowd members. Ice Cream Sundae was a clear fan-favourite and highlight in the set, with the crowd singing every word to the infectiously catchy chorus and jumping along to the nostalgically ethereal synths and guitar riffs.


For the final song, it didn’t take long for the crowd to recognise the opening chords of My Honest Face, immediately resulting in friends jumping up onto shoulders and phones rising to start recording. The anthemic chorus, paired with moody guitar work reminiscent of 80s indie bands, was an apt send off for the night. Despite the short set, I left feeling as if I had witnessed something special, as I doubt Inhaler will be playing venues of this size and level of intimacy for much longer.

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