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19 July 2021, 12:43 | Updated: 19 July 2021, 15:00
The young Irish band have topped the charts with their debut album, It Won't Always Be Like This. Here's everything you need to know about Elijah Hewson and co.
Inhaler are a four-piece band from Dublin, who formed in 2012, and decided on their current name in 2015.
The band's debut album, It Won't Always Be Like This, was released on Friday 9 July 2021. It topped the UK album charts a week later on 16 July.
Elijah Hewson is Inhaler’s frontman - his dad is Paul Hewson, better known as Bono, lead singer of U2.
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.
Inhaler head out on tour in August 2021 to support the release of the debut album, It Won't Always Be Like This. They'll return to the UK in September and October for more dates, rounding off the year with a four night run of homecoming shows at The Academy in Dublin.
Inhaler’s discography currently looks like this:
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.
A lot of people compared 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.
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.
“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.”
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."