You only have to hear one song from this Dublin group to fall instantly in love. Light and breezy instrumentals lull you into quiet contentment with the help of soft and friendly vocals. Add a slight retro twinge into the mix and you’ve got the perfect recipe for carefree sunny afternoons. At times, Young Earth take things a less airy route with indie rock guitar riffs that keep their music grounded and provide a subtle counterpoint to the buoyant vocals. “Bloodlove” shows off a darker side to the band, with mournful lyrics, whimsical vocals, and atmospheric acoustic instrumentals. With only four songs, Young Earth have already proven their ability to create catchy indie pop/rock with a variety of moods and influences.
Favorites: “Got A Secret,” “Worth It,” “Bloodlove”
Similar to: The Academic, Harlea, Fangclub
Who are the members of the band?
Mark O’Keeffe – Songwriter, Vocalist, Guitarist
Alex O’Keeffe – Vocalist, Guitarist
Ben Mulligan – Vocalist, Drummer
Dylan Maher – Vocalist, Bassist
How did you guys meet?
We all met through BIMM, a music college in Dublin! I’m a graduate now, the other guys are still going through the degree process. We went through some initial line up changes but with Alex and Dylan joining in January things have really built up momentum.
If you could describe the band in one word, what would it be?
Who are some of your biggest artistic influences as a band?
We’d all draw from different kinds of genres, as most bands do. Alex is a huge Jazz Bro, and we’re all into Hip hop/Rap in different ways too. But our main kind of influences would be guitar bands – The Vaccines, Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes. We really want to capture the excitement that they get across, that energy and vitality. especially with our newer material.
What’s your favorite city that you’ve performed in?
We’ve yet to travel overseas, so it’d have to be somewhere in Ireland! Galway was a great buzz, and Donegal (Right up the top of Ireland) was well worth the trek too this summer. It’s great to be able to visit places you’ve never been and try and spread the word, try to win over people who’ve never heard of you before.
What’s your favourite guilty pleasure song?
Well, we don’t really believe in guilty pleasures and are huge fans of any good tunes and a lot of pop music – it’s meant to be good! Right now, gonna have to go with Dua Lipa’s New Rules. Can’t help but bop to that.
Most of your music is very carefree and light-hearted. Do you think the purpose of music is to be fun and to let people have a good time?
Yeah, I spent a few years writing slower, softer more introspective stuff and while it’s great and special as a band we really want to create a good energy/buzz and transfer it to others through our live set – we want people to come to our shows and have a bop, have a good time. We do like to balance it out with heavier stuff but keep it driven with hooks and proper choruses.
“Bloodlove” is a bit darker and more melancholy than your other music. What’s the story behind this song?
Yeah, that’d be quite a personal song for us and it’s one we bring out for special occasions – we’re planning on re-recording it soon. A few of our songs touch on the same theme as bloodlove – loving someone through adversity which I’m sure a lot of people can relate to. It’s literally I love you so much, I’d give my body/life to be with you. A rare romantic moment for us!
What would your dream collab be?
I’m gonna speak on behalf of the lads and say Kanye, without a doubt. I think we’ve missed that Graduation Era boat where he did collabs with Indie bands but you never know. Slide into those DMs Ye xoxo
What are your plans for the near future?
We’ve just had a busy summer including recording the final few tracks off our Debut EP/Mini LP! We’re currently in the mixing and design stages of that, we want to really nail the whole package as it’ll be the first physical thing we release, and normally they can be a bit slapped together in the way they’re presented – lots of merch too that we’re excited about. We’re planning a big Dublin show with the release in Winter and then an Irish/UK tour in the spring!
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