Festive and housing Us4’s strong Irish influences, ‘Christmas in Dublin’ is a unique alternative to the everyday Christmas song that embodies all the best parts of the holiday spirit with charm and elegant songwriting.
Us4 is an Irish pop/rock band of four siblings from Birmingham, featuring Áine (lead vocals, tin whistle and accordion), Brendan (guitars), Cormac (drums, percussion, piano and backing vocals) and Declan (fiddle) Healy.Driven by their industrious DIY attitude and emphasis on self-production, this young four-piece’s distinctive original sound draws influence from a plethora of wide-ranging musical artists. Hot on the heels of their well-received debut single, Christmas in Dublin represents this young band’s first venture into festive music. Built on hypnotic Irish-flavoured pop/rock instrumentation, Christmas in Dublin is a cyclic journey through a multitude of emotions, contrasting feelings of hurt and longing against the joy and elation of this time of year.
The band have succeeded in grasping that classic Christmas feeling while offering something new, a talent reserved for only a handful of artists and is a testament to their ability. Since the group are all siblings their individuality shines through yet molds effortlessly together. The Pogues influence is clear on this track, the traditional Irish music reminiscent of ‘Fairytale of New York’.
Described by Brum Radio as ‘Absolutely euphoric’ and Edgar Allan Poets as ‘Magical Celtic Pop’, Us4 is one of the most intriguing upcoming fusion bands out there. ‘Christmas in Dublin’ is good old festive fun and shows off the group’s ability both as songwriters, musicians and producers. The track was mixed and produced by Brendan and Cormac Healy, contributing to the groups DIY spirit.
Full of emotion and hypnotic Irish-tinged pop/rock, ‘Christmas in Dublin’ is the perfect Christmas tune for 2021. Stream it now!
Reviewed by Ciarán Coleman