Dublin has been accountable for numerous hard-hitting rock stars over the years and upcoming TV People are no exception. The Irish four-piece have shown their undeniable passion and skill in the recent two years with their three inflamed releases and their plethora of live performances.
Describing themselves as “introspective, rhythmic and vibey”, the young luminaries are based within the heart of Ireland. A place that they have a deep-rooted affection for, as they told us as we chatted via a Zoom call.
Admittedly grassroot venues are of great importance at the moment, with movements aiming to support the continuing success of these cultural gems happening all over the UK, TV People’s beloved grassroot venue is Whelan’s, based in central Dublin.”I have an emotional attachment to Whelan's. I just love going in there even if we're not playing and just watching other gigs. It is just a great place. Those kinds of places are so important for the city. They are such an under-appreciated aspect of the city and culture.”
“I've been watching what has been going on in the U.K. with the ‘Save the Venues’ movement and I think that is a very important thing to do. We saw in Dublin that a lot of these places could get bought up by these hotel developers and stuff so it is important to support them in every way that you can.” Admits Paul, vocalist and lead guitarist of the band.
With the current focus on Dublin being held on the punk of Fontaines D.C., it’s easy to forget just how diverse the city’s music scene really is. “There are a lot of great solo artists and RnB and rap as well. It is very diverse.” Divulges bassist, Rob.
As Paul adds, the city has something for everyone; “There is a great rap scene building up in Dublin as well, there are great pop artists as well. Something for everyone! It isn’t even just Dublin, its really exciting for bands and acts from Ireland as a whole at the moment. There is so much happening!”
TV People are set to take the upcoming indie rock scene by storm with their newest release Nothing More. Despite the single being created in lockdown, the band have exquisitely displayed their creative flair with novice, innovative techniques. “Nothing More actually has a very odd writing process for us compared to usual. We’d normally have a very improvisational writing process, just going into the rehearsal room and play something.
We were really keen to get something written, so the whole thing involved the first idea we had of the riff at the start of the song. Then we were recording audios on WhatsApp and sending them. We were all just recording stuff of really crap quality on our phones. Bren was mixing everything on logic on his laptop which he had never really done before.”
The single itself is a beautifully open masterpiece of vulnerability, covering topics such as anxiety and existentialism. ”I think for this one I really wanted to try and be honest and I have gotten to the point now of writing that if you are going to be hiding behind vagaries too much it can cheapen the message of what you are trying to say in the song.”
It cannot be denied that it is still a taboo subject, that of men openly talking about emotions, Rob details, “I think as you get older and experiencing different things, you learn to share your experiences with others if they are struggling with relatable things. It is certainly not an easy thing to talk about for men. Things are better now, but when we were growing up it was not an easy thing to talk about, it was not something to go in too deeply. It was kind of brushed off.”
Paul also remarks on his own experiences. “I would have been very much kind of in that headset of not expressing myself. Even amongst the lads, when people open up to you, especially with my male friends because it is not overly common historically but it would be normal enough now. I think when someone opens up to you in that sort of way it forms a real connection and you feel more likely to open up back to them and you end up fostering a very good culture of open dialogue and honesty".
The band has worked with the iconic musical masterminds Dan Doherty and Christian Wright on their newest single, as Paul recalls; “Dan is a legend, we know him fairly well. We share the building with him where we are rehearsing at the moment. So whether he wants to or not he has seen us every week! It is great working with him, we recorded all of these singles that we have put out with dan and we recorded once or twice beforehand. I know it is our inexperience of being in the studio and stuff but I don’t think we ever got the exact sound or finished product that we wanted. I think ever since we went in with Dan we got that. He’s amazing to work with, he’s very chill and he lets you follow your ideas try but then he is not afraid to make suggestions if he thinks something could be improved. It is always good to have an honest voice. He is good at keeping everyone level- headed which is also pretty essential.”
The four-piece have also garnered support from the likes of the quintessential Abbey Road Studios, something which Rob is very much in awe of. “It's surreal man. It just came out of nowhere and they just shared it on Instagram and it's just insane, It didn’t sink in for a while! It was very nice that they liked the tune and added us to their playlist!”
For many groups during this period, the future is uncertain due to many unfortunate factors. The whole group are undeniably wishing for live performances but as Dan puts it “I’d love to play any venue at the moment, to be honest! To play a gig full stop would be brilliant you know. It is tough to plan at the moment with everything going on.”
The remarkable TV People are surely going to be a big name with their staggering support and appreciable work ethic. Despite the future being uncertain, it is clear that they have immense potential. What’s the one message they’d send to their fans? “Try not to go insane during this crazy time and wash your hands! We’ll be back soon… well, maybe not soon!”