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Today, Ireland’s M(h)aol share the latest offering from their upcoming debut albumAttachment Styles, arriving in the form of Therapy – a lighthearted number dealing with a very real subject matter, of reasons why we go to therapy. The band’s debut album is set to be released on 3rd February via TULLE Collective, and now Rough Trade Publishing. 

Speaking of the track, vocalist Róisín Nic Ghearailt states:


I wanted to write Therapy as a light-hearted addition to the album, dealing with a very real subject matter.”, she continues, “It came from a conversation I had with a friend who was talking about a loved one not turning up to therapy, even though they were why she was in therapy, and I was thinking about people in our lives who are the reason we go to therapy and how we can often heal in spite of them.

M(h)aol’s debut album, Attachment Styles, is a record about social connection, queerness, and healing and invites the listener to go on a journey. Attachment styles were an overarching theme when Róisín was writing the album’s lyrics, a theory that looks at the impact of our family relationships and society to evaluate how we relate to one-and-other. 

The band are set to perform for Independent Venue Week at the end of this month, before playing SXSW, and their own headline tour in May. Tickets are available now.

M(h)aol UK Tour Dates

  • January 31st | Birkenhead, UK | Future Yard^
  • February 1st | Manchester, UK | YES (Basement)^ SOLD OUT
  • February 4th | Brighton, UK | Komedia Studio^ SOLD OUT
  • February 5th | Bristol, UK | Strange Brew^
  • March 15th – 20th | SXSW, Austin
  • May 19th | Newcastle, UK | Bobiks
  • May 20th | Glasgow, UK | The Hug and Pint
  • May 22nd | Leeds, UK | Hyde Park Book Club
  • May 23rd | Manchester, UK | YES (Pink Room)
  • May 25th | London, UK | Boston Music Room
  • May 26th | Brighton, UK | The Hope & Ruin

^Independent Venue Week

The new song follows on from previous track, Asking For It, an intensely raw, highly personal number that has developed over the years. The track, which is the first thing lead vocalist Roisin Nic Ghearailit wrote when attempting to process her experiences and feelings surrounding rape culture, is the first track to be released from the band’s debut album.

Speaking of the track, lead singer Róisín goes on to state:

I wrote it initially in 2016 then revisited it in 2020. I was shocked by how much internalised victim-blaming there was in the lyrics. I rewrote it, then we recorded it and it was released to raise money for Women’s Aid in 2021. The album version is a lot angrier than the 2021 track and almost satirical insofar as it’s highlighting how ludicrous the notion of anyone ‘asking for it’ is.

Asking For It arrives with its accompanying music video, another directed by the band’s bassist Zoe Greenway, which is just as raw and vulnerable as the song itself. 

Listen on Apple Music

Katie Macbeth

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Katie Macbeth is a freelance music journalist for Indie Is Not A Genre based out of Manchester, presenter of @drunktankthink, and post punk enthusiast.

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