Formed by Fermanagh siblings Ash and Rory, the band recruited long-time co-conspirator Michael before sweeping East, picking up Rain on drums, and finding bassist Caleb wandering in the wilderness near Lisburn. On reaching the coast, the assembled band realised they could not all swim, and settled down in the nearby town of Belfast, where they can still be found today.
Influenced by acts like Against Me, Modern Baseball, and Los Campesinos!, the group nestles itself between emo, punk and synth pop, creating high-energy laments as the soundtrack to sedition.
When not making music, Strange New Places can be found agitating for minority rights or being minorly agitated. If you approach them, they’ll likely fire off a Golden-Age Simpsons quote on impulse.
“This lesbian bar doesn’t have a fire exit.” -Homer
header photo: Niall Fegan. profile photo: Ciara McMullan.