Looking to discover an amazing new talent tonight? Check out this gig at 8.00 p.m. in Whelan’s, Dublin, from an up-and-coming musician named Bryde whose sound has been described as a “swirling wave of tidal resonance that confidently sits between Scout Niblett and Sharon Van Etten” by leading critics. Tickets are available via Song Kick. Read on to learn more!
The Welsh-born and London-based Bryde finds intense internal poetry in everyday adversity. While concentrating thematically on life and human interaction, her songwriting persona wears her bruised yet resolute heart on her sleeve. Her music explores themes of independence, liberation, and relationships.
On her most recent song, To Be Brave, Bryde’s voice carries us beyond the imprecision of words into feelings we all know, but can’t fully delineate. As she says: “To Be Brave was written as kind of a soft squeeze of the hand to many friends who have, like me, been through many a dark period and put on a brave face and just got on with it. It’s a comment about how we all live out certain episodes of our lives in such a public setting these days that I feel we almost edit them to appear flawless, nothing but smiles.”
To Be Brave is a shock to the system of preconceived notions about the style of artist Bryde is. She’s rock and roll for sure, but also protean and poetic: a rocker in the vein of Patti Smith.
So far, industry support for Bryde has come from Nylon, DIY, TLOBF, the Sunday Times (“feral guitar, torn-from-the-chest lyrics… sensational”) and Consequence of Sound, who have called her “a voice that deserves attention”. She was one of the stand out acts at last year’s Live At Leeds festival, where her audience “looked on in awe” (The Independent), and had people queuing round the block for an stunning early performance on day 3 at The Great Escape festival.
Her new release, Like An Island, has just come out on Bryde’s own label Seahorse Music today – on the 13th of April – and is now available to order. In support of the release, Bryde will set off on her biggest UK and Irish tour so far during April and May. Tonight, she is visiting Whelan’s, Dublin, for what is sure to be an incredible gig.
You can book tickets for the performance here. Bryde’s website is: www.brydemusic.com.