Cardinals (Cork, IE) share thrilling 2 minute single “Nineteen” | Self-titled debut EP out June 7th on So Young Records









Ahead of their self-titled debut EP landing June 7th on So Young Records, Cork five-piece Cardinals share a further single today. The sub-two minute adrenaline rush of “Nineteen” was premiered by Steve Lamacq on his BBC 6 Music show last night.

Arguably their most direct track yet, brief but immediately memorable, front man Euan Manning had the following to say about its themes:

Nineteen came from a desire to write a song that was shorter than two minutes, I had been listening to lots of Buddy Holly and he’s got some great short songs. It was written very quickly in a practice session but was about four minutes originally so we whittled it down to the 1 minutes and 53 seconds you hear now. The lyrics were the first thing that came to mind, usually I’d go home and do re-writes but these were simple somehow, I liked them enough to keep them as they were.”

And on their upcoming EP: “It’s a collection of songs that were written when we were living and playing in Cork City. It’s pop music at its core, personal, youthful, and, if you can see past the chaos and noise it’s extremely warm. There’s a narrative if you’ve got the heart to look for it. It’s our first EP and we’re looking forward to it being out there for everyone to hear.”

The EP will be released on limited edition 12″ Cream vinyl.

In addition, there will be a Rough Trade exclusive edition which will include both the vinyl and a lyric booklet.



Following a filmed performance last year for Other Voices in their homeland, and the enviable support of Fontaines D.C.’s Grian Chatten, who called them “one of my favourite new bands” during an interview with BBC Radio 1, the band began their first headline tour of the UK & Ireland at the weekend and will perform at The Great Escape festival in Brighton later this week.

Further live dates are set to be announced in due course.

Cardinals live:


9th Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
11th Yes (Basement), Manchester
12th McChullis, Glasgow
14th The Windmill, London
15th The Joiners, Southampton
16th The Great Escape, Brighton
24th Róisín Dubh, Galway
25th Kasbah Social Club, Limerick
26th Cyprus Avenue, Cork

Out June 7th on So Young Records

1. Twist and Turn
2. Unreal
3. Roseland
4. Amphetamines
5. Nineteen
6. If I Could Make You Care

More information on Cardinals:

Starting as a light-hearted idea between two sixteen-year-olds in a sleepy fishing town on the southern coast of Ireland, a whole joke-taken-to-heart later and their difference is marked by an early immersion in Cork’s live music scene, “we were into what we were hearing but knew we could never be part of it, we wanted to juxtapose ourselves,” says front man Euan Manning, “not for the sake of doing something different but because we have pop-leaning influences and didn’t want to shy away from that.” Now barely twenty, the six-piece are next in an Irish line changing the sound of alternative music.

Perpetually keeping outside of their comfort zone, their sound has echoes of Big Music, of the effervescence of 80s indie, conjuring up an eclectic, gothic amalgam of shoegaze, Irish trad folk and alternative music for an ambitious sound that has already carved them out as a marked side-step to the recent bands who’ve broken through around them.

The six songs of the “Cardinals” EP were recorded with Richie Kennedy (U2, Interpol).

Cardinals are:

Euan Manning – guitar and vocals

Oskar Gudinovic – guitar

Aaron Hurley – bass

Finn Manning – accordion

Darragh Manning – drums