Otherkin are people who identify as something other than human. Not the band that is, but the somewhat unorthodox subculture the band have named themselves after. Some members of the subculture claim they are reincarnations of mythical creatures, extraterrestrials, and even inanimate objects. All this does is remind Overblown of that classic scene in In Bruges when Harry, played by Ralph Fiennes, shouts, “You’re a fucking inanimate object” at his long suffering wife. Quality swearing never goes out of fashion. The band Otherkin, paradoxically, are very much based in reality and are certainly not inanimate objects.
Self identifying as a “grunge pop” band, Otherkin are a Dublin-based four piece who have been plying their wares for around about the last two years. They played the mainstage of Whelan’s One To Watch this year and have supported NME darlings Palma Violets and Parquet Courts in the past.
Since releasing their debut EP Broken English, the quartet have gained positive notices from the likes of Hot Press and A Music Blog, Yea? Their latest EP As A High was self released by the band earlier this year. Our featured track, “SLN”, is the lead track of As A High, and is strong indication of their desire to head in a slightly heavier direction. Combining loudQUIETloud guitar dynamics with a menacing rumbling bass-line, it’s a quality accompaniment to some illegal teenage drinking in some field behind a building site or a sneaky spliff before the last lecture of the day.
Catch them at the Longitude Festival on the Whelans 25 Stage this weekend!