Play: OTHERKIN – REACT From the new album OK.
Formed in Dublin in 2014, united by a common love of The Clash, QOTSA, Ramones and Blur; the band cut their teeth playing house parties and dive bars before stepping up onto the Irish festival circuit – Longitude, Electric Picnic, Hard Working Class Heroes and Other Voices to name a few.
After a couple of hand-made, self-released tracks, Otherkin hit their stride with the rowdy grunge-pop single “AY AY”, which came to the attention of leading Irish indie label Rubyworks in early 2015.
The 201 EP – featuring “AY AY” and “Feel It” – a four-tracker of garage rock thumpers released to coincide with their UK festival debut at Reading / Leeds and their first full-length UK tour. Radio exposure came courtesy of Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 and John Kennedy on Radio X, while MTV Rocks added videos for both songs into their new music playlists.
The follow up release – The New Vice EP – was a further statement of intent, attracting more attention from UK daytime radio and making inroads in continental Europe (their debut European show at Eurosonic was voted one of the five best shows of the festival by Dutch station 3FM).
The band built on this momentum with multiple knock out festival spots in the UK, Holland, France and Germany in summer 2016, getting rave reviews for their wild live shows from NME and The Guardian. They wrapped up their summer with a high-profile slot supporting the Red Hot Chili Peppers at a massive open-air concert in Belfast.