Somebody’s Child Shares New Single, ‘I Need Ya’, From Upcoming Debut Album

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Somebody’s Child (AKA Cian Godfrey), shares his latest single, I Need Ya, the fourth taster of his self-titled, debut album which is set for release on February 3rd via Frenchkiss Records. 

I Need Ya follows on from previous singles, We Could Start A War, and Broken Record, and speaking of the track, Godfrey states:

This was one of the first songs that defined the sound and pace of the album. We’ve been playing it live for a while now and have been dying to get it out. Some of this album can be boiled down back to my chronic fear of growing older. To me, this track in particular is a gentle reminder to stay young for as long as you can.

The single’s release arrives accompanied by its music video, and of the visual, Cian goes on to state:

Drift culture is a big thing in Ireland and when the director came to me with the idea I immediately thought it was cool as some of my friends are big into it. We didn’t want an emotional video but something fun and energetic, while also shining a light on an Irish subculture that goes a little unnoticed. It was a lot of fun.

Somebody’s Child, the album, has its roots firmly rooted in Godfrey’s formative years growing up in Dublin and the experiences that went along with it. Recorded at East London’s Hackney Road Studios, the album was produced by Mikko Gordon (The Smile, Gaz Coombes and Thom Yorke). 

Somebody’s Child Tour Dates

Somebody’s Child will tour the UK, Ireland and Europe from the end of January, with London, Manchester, and Amsterdam now sold out, with a Rough Trade East date recently added. US dates follow in March, which includes a show at SXSW. 

  • 20th Jan 2023 – Eurosonic, Groningen
  • 7th Feb 2023 – Rough Trade East, London
  • 8th Feb 2023 – Night & Day Cafe, Manchester SOLD OUT
  • 9th Feb 2023 – Foundry Studio, Sheffield
  • 11th Feb 2023 – Joiners, Southampton
  • 12th Feb 2023 – Exchange, Bristol
  • 14th Feb 2023 – Omeara, London SOLD OUT
  • 17th Feb 2023 – Jimmy’s, Liverpool
  • 18th Feb 2023 – Think Thank, Newcastle
  • 19th Feb 2023 – King Tut’s, Glasgow
  • 21st Feb 2023 – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
  • 24th Feb 2023 – Róisín Dubh, Galway
  • 25th Feb 2023 – Dolan’s, Limerick
  • 1st March 2023 – Ulster Sports Club, Belfast
  • 2nd March 2023 – Cyprus Avenue, Cork
  • 3rd March 2023 – The Academy, Dublin
  • 4th March 2023 – Spirit Store, Dundalk
  • 8th March 2023 – Le POPUP du Label, Paris
  • 9th March 2023 – Trix Bar, Antwerp
  • 10th March 2023 – Paradiso (Upstairs), Amsterdam SOLD OUT
  • 11th March 2023 – Privatclub, Berlin
  • 14th-18th March 2023 – SXSW, Austin
  • 22nd March 2023 – Mercury Lounge, New York
  • 23rd March 2023 – The Middle East (Upstairs), Boston

Debut album out February 3rd 2023

Somebody’s Child (the stage name of Cian Godfrey) has recently announces his self-titled debut album, set for release on February 3rd. Accompanying the announcement, Godfrey shared the album’s lead single, We Could Start A War.

The release of We Could Start A War follows on from previous singles, the unapologetically thunderous Broken Record and Sell Out, and is a track which had humble beginnings, being bought to life after being written and recorded in a small rehearsal room on an industrial estate on the banks of Dublin’s Royal Canal. 

Speaking of the track, Cian states:

We Could Start A War’ is a huge track for us. The original version was a demo I wrote in 20 minutes or so and Shea produced it in our little makeshift studio in Dublin. We spent 50 quid on artwork and just put it out, now it’s our biggest song. This is now the real version, I guess. The timing is also serendipitous because the video is about where it was written, and the juxtaposition between beauty in tradition, and the ugly face of gentrification – of which both are in abundance. Now I’ve moved to London, partly because of the result of this – not being able to afford life in my hometown.

The track’s partnering music video features images of Ireland’s natural landscapes, engulfing Godfrey with their size and scale whilst he delivers the track’s heartfelt lyrics. Serving as both a dedication and a love letter to the people, and the places, of Dublin, the track also serves itself as a stark representation of the city’s gentrification and urban sterility. 

After receiving early support slots in Dublin with the likes of Primal Scream, Kodaline, Kaiser Chiefs and national radio play, Somebody’s Child has quickly established himself to become the voice of a new music scene in Ireland. With the release of his debut album, Somebody’s Child aims to display images of a modern, progressive Ireland, and not the one often portrayed in foreign media.

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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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