The Irish phenomenon sit down with Popdust.
It's no secret that the Irish have a rich musical heritage.
For a country of just under 5 million people, the Emerald Isle has produced a proportionally high percentage of the world's greatest musical story tellers, from Ed Sheeran and Hozier to U2. But not all of Ireland's favorite acts have secured phenomenon status overseas too—yet.
Enter Picture This, an Irish band who played 5 sold-out nights at Dublin's 13,000 seat 3Arena in March, whose music has garnered hundreds of millions of plays across platforms and who's sent the country of Ireland into an enamored frenzy since their debut in 2015. The duo, comprised of singer Ryan Hennessy and drummer Jimmy Rainsford, came to fame largely by chance. Though the pair were childhood friends, they didn't begin their musical collaboration until October 2015, when Hennessy uploaded a video of "Take My Hand" on Facebook, where it eventually garnered over a million views. Impressed by the song, Rainsford reached out to Hennessy to discuss collaborating, and Picture This was born.
Now, the band has finally brought their cinematic song writing and infectious beats to North America, where they performed 17 shows from Toronto to LA. Before their New York show at Irving Plaza, the group stopped by Popdust to talk with Editor Brooke Johnson about The Phantom of the Opera, the missing letters in the title of their new album, and whether or not they would kiss Post Malone.
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In the opening pages of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Earth is destroyed. Now if that doesn't scream 2020 so far, what does?
In Douglas Adams's 1979 novel, which premiered as a radio series on BBC Radio4 in 1978 (42 years ago—but more about the significance of that number later), Earth is suddenly blown up in order to make room for an intergalactic superhighway. Now, in a year that has—after only 3 months, people—given us a contentious, confusing democratic primary, the death of Kobe Bryant, new and worsening facts about our climate and habitat at large, appalling leadership, and of course the rapid spread of and global shutdowns by the coronavirus (COVID-19), it seems impossible to turn to any source for comfort.
Enter The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: a novel that starts with the global annihilation that we might be heading for and then follows the characters as they cope with new realities, with isolation and loss, an endless information source that brings with it endless anxiety, and an egomaniacal, arrogant, selfish, attention-craving president of the galaxy.
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It's time to study.
Now that you've flooded Instagram with photos of black squares, it's time to hunker down for some real activism.
If you're a white person, you're sitting on top of about four centuries of institutionalized racism. In the wake of George Floyd's murder by police and countless Black Lives Matter protests across the nation, it's time to show up—with your body, with your voice, and with your brain.