Rounding off the success of an impressive string of singles, Irish pop connoisseurs Wild Youth reveal their much-anticipated sophomore EP Forever Girl.
With this spellbinding and unpredictable catalogue of six tracks, Forever Girl highlights Wild Youth’s determination to not be labelled as your average pop group, showcasing a collective diversity and boldness when it comes to sonic risk taking. Though spanning in style and execution, from the flirtatious “Champagne Butterflies” to the abrasive powerhouse anthem “Can’t Say No”, one thing consistently remains
across Forever Girl: their ability to craft credible music and exhilarating choruses calling for ‘out of body’ experiences, whilst simultaneously maintaining their homegrown, humble values.
With two refreshing new tracks – the buoyant pop stylings of “Weekend Rockstars” and “Wasted Without You” – joining the thrilling singles “Next To You”, “Through The Phone”, “Champagne Butterflies” and “Can’t Say No”, Forever Girl follows widespread tastemaker approval from the likes of WONDERLAND, THE INDEPENDENT IE, POPJUSTICE, OFFICIAL CHARTS, EUPHORIA MAG, HOT PRESS, WHEN THE HORN BLOWS and ATWOOD MAGAZINE amongst extensive editorial blog hype.
A constant mainstay on Irish airwaves and music charts since their debut in 2017, Wild Youth’s burgeoning international appeal has seen them become an equally present force across streaming platforms through their Forever Girl singles. With well over 10M streams on Spotify alone to their name, Wild Youth have been landing multiple New Music Friday placements on Spotify, alongside becoming the face of their New Pop UK playlist twice amongst vital placements across key editorial playlists including The Pop List, New Pop Revolution, Happy Pop Hits, Fresh Pop, The Pop Lounge and Songs That Carried Us Through 2020. Apple Music have supported Wild Youth via A-List Pop, Breaking Pop and Alt Pop placements in addition to landing Pop Fresh on Deezer and The Best New Music on Shazam.
With the support of their loyal and ever-growing fanbase who remain thirsty for their signature catchy choruses, David Whelan, Conor O’Donohoe, Ed Porter and Callum McAdam’s unapologetic creativity has seen them tour alongside household names like Mumford and Sons, The Script and Niall Horan, as well as recently secure a major slot on RTE’s The Late Late Show to perform their hit “Next to You”.
Arriving as the cherry on top of a hugely successful year thus far, Wild Youth’s Forever Girl EP encapsulates the heartfelt, joyous nature of the band and acts as a significant milestone in the band’s journey towards inevitable global domination.
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Opening with melancholic pianos, “Through the Phone” builds to an arena-scaled, anthemic chorus marked by vibrant acoustic guitars and energetic pop sounds – bringing to life the song’s story of trying to stay connected with loved ones despite physical distance, which is sure to resound on a global scale, capturing the profound loneliness brought on by this year’s global quarantine.
Speaking on “Through the Phone”, Wild Youth explained: “This year more than any other, we’ve all felt some form of separation. Through the phone is a song we wrote about that, a song about being away from someone you love. A song about letting them know your love is stronger than ever, and to focus on the good times when you’re together.”
Wild Youth – one of the hottest Irish bands to emerge in recent times – reveal “Next to You”, a bold step towards global domination after making major strides in the Irish pop scene over the last few years.
A euphoric 80s-steeped soundscape, packed with glittering hooks and inspired by the all-too-universal idea of immediate romance, “Next to You” is the latest in a string of hugely popular ‘sad bangers’ which have seen the four-piece light up the Irish charts and cultivate a fiercely loyal fanbase.
“Next to You” is further complemented by a vibrant, kaleidoscopic video conceived by the band and The Tenth Man, marked by the four member’s hypnotic and irresistibly catchy dances – a further spectacle of the Dublin outfit’s distinctive hip-shaking moves and peppy vigour which has had them selling out shows in iconic venues like Dublin’s legendary Olympia Theatre.
Speaking on the track, Wild Youth shared: “‘Next to You’ is about an immediate connection with somebody; that overwhelming feeling of meeting “the one”, and wanting to spend every single minute by their side. Regardless of whatever that involves, you’ll literally do anything.”
Already making a major impact across streaming services with pop gems like “Can’t Move On” and “Making Me Dance” racking up millions of plays, the band’s blood-pounding choruses, heart-stompingly gorgeous melodies, and deft lyricism have seen them share the stage with the likes of Mumford and Sons, Niall Horan, The Script, Kodaline and Zara Larsson on arena-sized shows.
Homegrown, humble fun is the main preoccupation of the Irish quartet – comprised of lead vocalist David Whelan, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Conor O’Donohoe, lead guitarist Ed Porter and drummer Callum McAdam – whose collective self-assured swagger has caught eyes and ears everywhere.
Leading a scene of exciting new acts, like all the greats, Wild Youth’s penchant for sonic risk-taking means they are constantly evolving, and 2020 is set to be a huge year for the band.