NEWT is the brainchild of Belfast-based multi-instrumentalist Brendan Gallagher. Originally hailing from Derry, this shape-shifting quartet have been steadily growing their reputation as a tight live act over the past year; showcasing their math-rock tendencies at last year’s Sunflowerfest, as well as numerous live staple venues throughout Belfast and beyond.
2017’s Not Around EP was their first release proper; all early-day ASIWYFA-inspired riffs (‘Not Around’) and clean, Steely Dan-esque choruses (‘On the Edge’). For such strong (and not always complimentary) influences to come together so seamlessly is what really impresses about this exciting young group. Indeed, their debut EP has received radio play on Stephen McCauley’s Electric Mainline, BBC Radio 6 Music, the BBC Introducing Mixtape with Tom Robinson, and BBC’s Across The Line.
With jagged new single ‘Ricochet’ their first release of 2018, NEWT are set to plant their flag in the local music scene this year. More releases, more live dates, more exposure – there’s no time like the present to be impressed by this exciting local act.
‘Ricochet’ is out now. Stream/buy it below.