Everything you need to know about Inhaler, featuring Bono’s son Elijah Hewson

6 January 2020, 14:28 | Updated: 6 January 2020, 14:31

Inhaler 2019
Inhaler 2019. Picture: Chuffmedia/PR

You may have heard Inhaler on the Radio X playlist… But who are they and why is there a buzz about this new band?

  1. Who are Inhaler?

    Inhaler are a four-piece band from Dublin, who formed in 2012, and decided on their current name in 2015.

  2. Who is the lead singer of Inhaler?

    Elijah Hewson is Inhaler’s frontman - his dad is Paul Hewson, better known as Bono Vox, the lead singer of U2.

    Elijah Hewson of Inhaler performs on stage at Rankin's Wood Stage during Electric Picnic Music Festival 2019 at Stradbally Hall Estate on August 31, 2019
    Elijah Hewson of Inhaler performs on stage at Rankin's Wood Stage during Electric Picnic Music Festival 2019 at Stradbally Hall Estate on August 31, 2019. Picture: Debbie Hickey/Getty Images
  3. Who are the other members of Inhaler?

    Also in the band are Josh Jenkinson on guitar, Rob Keating on bass and Ryan McMahon on drums. They met at St Andrews school in Blackrock, Dublin.

    Josh Jenkinson and Elijah Hewson of band Inhaler performs on stage during Electric Picnic Music Festival 2019 at Stradbally Hall Estate on August 31, 2019
    Josh Jenkinson and Elijah Hewson of band Inhaler performs on stage during Electric Picnic Music Festival 2019 at Stradbally Hall Estate on August 31, 2019. Picture: Debbie Hickey/Getty Images
  4. Where can you see Inhaler live?

    Inhaler head out on a UK tour in February 2020 and have also lined up some festival dates for the summer, including Neighbourhood Weekender and Latitude.

    Inhaler UK tour dates 2020

    12 February O2 Academy, Liverpool
    13 February O2 Academy 2, Birmingham
    14 February Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
    15 February Academy 2, Manchester
    17 February Concorde 2, Brighton
    18 February Tramshed, Cardiff
    20 February Heaven, London
    21 February Beckett Students Union, Leeds
    22 February Riverside, Newcastle
    23 February SWG3 Warehouse, Glasgow
    7 March Lexington, London
    24 May Neighbourhood Weekender, Warrington
    20 June Victoria Park, Leicester (supporting Kasabian)
    16-19 July Latitude Festival

    Coventry-based 5 piece guitar band FEET are special guests on all UK dates.

  5. What songs have Inhaler released?

    Inhaler’s discography currently looks like this:

    I Want You (January 2017, reissued March 2018)

    It Won’t Always Be Like This (March 2019)

    My Honest Face (May 2019)

    Ice Cream Sundae (September 2019)

  6. What is Inhaler’s connection with Noel Gallagher?

    Inhaler were on the bill for the Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds homecoming show at Manchester’s Heaton Park in JUne 2020. Noel told the BBC that he liked Inhaler's music, saying: "They're a bit like the Bunnymen and early U2, which is a surprise." Some of Inhaler’s publicity photos have been taken by none other than Anaïs Gallagher, Noel’s daughter.

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  7. What influences do Inhaler have?

    A lot of people are comparing My Honest Face to early U2 - particularly the Boy and October eras - but the band themselves have admitted they’re fans of The Stone Roses - as this cover version demonstrates. They’ve also covered Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division and Echo & The Bunnymen’s The Killing Moon, which should give you an idea of where their sound comes from.

    Clip of us performing I Wanna be Adored live at the Grand Social recently Enjoy

    Posted by Inhaler on Saturday, 21 January 2017
  8. What does Bono think of his son’s band?

    Bono was spotted at Inhaler’s debut live gig at Dublin’s Button Factory in December 2017. “My dad’s good when I want to see if a song is shite or not,” Hewson told Extra in Ireland. “He will tell me straight away.” “His old man does help us a bit but he will definitely point out the hardships that we might have to go through more than the positive things,” Keating admitted.

    Elijah Hewson with his parents Bono and Ali at Cannes back in 2000.
    Elijah Hewson with his parents Bono and Ali at Cannes back in 2000. Picture: Alain BENAINOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
  9. What do the rest of U2 think of Inhaler?

    “It’s in the DNA,” U2 bassist Adam Clayton told Radio X’s Chris Moyles. “He sounds a little bit like his dad. They’ve been working really hard. I’ve seen them over the years, practicing in the garden shed and stuff, so it’s really great to see this happening for them.”

  10. What was the row over the Inhaler band name?

    A band from Hertfordshire also called Inhaler demanded an apology from the Dublin lads, saying that they had used the moniker first. But, in a statement, the Irish Inhaler were firm, declaring: “It is not uncommon for bands in different locations to have matching names. We have never been in dispute with anyone over our name. There are other bands called Inhaler on the planet, but we seem to be the one the Hertfordshire band have targeted for some reason."

  11. Are Inhaler on social media?

    Yes, Inhaler have an official website, along with a presence on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and a YouTube channel. You can also hear Inhaler's music on Spotify.

    lijah Hewson of Inhaler performs on stage at Rankin's Wood Stage during Electric Picnic Music Festival 2019 at Stradbally Hall Estate on August 31, 2019
    lijah Hewson of Inhaler performs on stage at Rankin's Wood Stage during Electric Picnic Music Festival 2019 at Stradbally Hall Estate on August 31, 2019. Picture: Debbie Hickey/Getty Image