Foundry at The University of Sheffield’s Student Union, with its dim lighting and low ceilings, is not renowned for its space, but venue scale is not a concept Inhaler seem phased by. Back off the success of playing a string of UK festivals, and with a proven record to spark havoc at independent venues, the Dublin four-piece sit comfortably in this environment, ready to kick their tour off with a bang.
The band’s debut album, It Won’t Always Be Like This, released in July, became the fastest-selling debut album on vinyl by any band this century and its title has become a relatable concept for fans. The record beckons to be heard live with anthemic choruses which prove how Inhaler are ready to stride forward at an exciting velocity.
The likes of ‘Ice Cream Sundae’ offer an effortlessly laid-back twist to their expanding material while singles such as ‘Cheer Up Baby’ and ‘Who’s Your Money On? (Plastic House)’ flaunt their ability to spiral the crowd into a bouncing mass.
Mellow interludes present through ‘Slide Out The Window’ and ‘A Night On The Floor’ which add layers of depth to their performance, however it is clear that the more raucous choruses excel, as frontman Elijah Hewson raises his guitar to the crowd and steps forward into their reaching arms. Hewson’s dynamic vocals are accompanied by a guitar-heavy flood of electric riffs, which all lead to the climatic hook of ‘My Honest Face’ to close the set – a live favourite which recently received a fitting live tour reel video.
Check out our gallery below from the incredible Sheffield performance:
Photos: Jacob Flannery