TV People are a Dublin quartet with a sound they say is influenced by garage rock, indie, and punk. The band only formed in early 2019, but have gigged intensively since then, honing their livewire musical style. 2020 sees them drop new recorded material, first up is Kitchen Sinking.
The louche yet incisive lyrics bring to mind the likes of Art Brut and Pixies as they create a world within the song that is short but punchy. Unlike Pixies, however, they eschew the temptation to go for volume to reinforce the emotion behind the words and vocals, taking a more contemplative but caustic sonic approach instead. As serious as the subject matter is, the band obviously appreciates that the song needs to be heard and enjoyed for its message to be understood, something they accomplish with considerable finesse.
This is what the band had to say about Kitchen Sinking: “The song is about the extremist nature of disagreement in the world at the moment and the inability for people with different views to find common ground or mutual understanding. ’Kitchen Sinking’ is a term used in an abusive relationship for when people continuously barrage their partner with negative comments one after the other to break them down psychologically. We felt that this was a fitting description of what’s going on in the world at the moment on a universal level.”
Kitchen Sinking is out now and can also be streamed on Spotify. Check the band out over on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to keep up with news about the song, upcoming releases and live dates, including appearances at The Button Factory and Whelans Upstairs this month.
TV People are vocalist and lead guitarist Paul Donohoe, fellow vocalist and rhythm guitarist Len Rochford, Rob Kavanagh on bass and Brendan Clarke on drums.
Photo by Nicholas O’Donnell