Formed in 2014, Otherkin is a four-piece rock band from Dublin in the Republic of Ireland. The group is made up of Luke Reilly, who sings and plays the guitar, as well as David Anthony, who plays bass. Drumming and percussion are provided by Rob Summons, while Conor Andrew Wynne is Otherkin's second guitarist. According to the band, Reilly, Anthony and Wynne wanted to get a band going with immediately accessible songs, which would be 'punchy, lean and blazing', but the venture was put on hold until they could find a drummer who shared their sensibilities. With a love for bands such as the Clash, Ramones, Queens of the Stone Age and Blur, it was only when they met Summons that Otherkin got going.
Otherkin's career highlights
After spending much of 2013 not operating as a full band, Otherkin started properly the following year when they began playing at house parties and small venues. Soon the band was honed enough to step up to play on the Irish festival circuit. Before long, the members of Otherkin had notched up performances at Longitude, Other Voices, Electric Picnic and Hard Working Class Heroes, among others.
In the early days, Otherkin put out a few self-released tracks, distributing them online via social media platforms. The band then put out the energetic grunge-pop single “Ay Ay”. This track came to the attention of one of Ireland's leading independent labels, Rubyworks, in 2015, which decided to fund a four-track EP. Featuring the aforementioned single, 201 also included early songs by the band, such as “Feel It”. The EP was put out in the summer of 2015 to coincide with the group's festival debut in the UK, when they played at both Reading and Leeds. A nationwide UK tour was also organised at this time, with the band picking up new fans all the time.
During the latter half of 2015 and early 2016, Otherkin enjoyed further exposure. For example, airplay came courtesy of Annie Mac on her Radio 1 show. In addition, John Kennedy of Radio X played a number of their tracks. A follow-up EP, The New Vice, soon followed and the band went on to tour in the Netherlands, France and Germany throughout 2016. Towards the end of the summer of 2016, Otherkin played a high-profile slot in support of the Red Hot Chili Peppers when the American band staged a huge open-air gig in Northern Ireland.
Praise for Otherkin has been widespread. Clash Magazine compared the band to early Oasis. Fred Perry Subculture referred to the group as being able to channel all the raucous spirit and energy from Britpop over the last two decades into a single entity. Artrocker praised Otherkin's 'optimistic rock'.
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