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Newly signed to cult record label Frenchkiss Records, today, Somebody’s Child (the stage name of Cian Godfrey) announces his self-titled debut album, which is set for release on February 3rd. Accompanying the announcement, Godfrey shares 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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