Inhaler: tour dates, new album, latest single and more

19 July 2021, 12:43 | Updated: 19 July 2021, 15:00

Inhaler in 2021: Robert Keating, Elijah Hewson, Ryan MacMahon and Josh Jenkinson
Inhaler in 2021: Robert Keating, Elijah Hewson, Ryan MacMahon and Josh Jenkinson. Picture: Press

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.

  1. Who are Inhaler?

    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.

    Inhaler- It Won't Always Be Like This
    Inhaler- It Won't Always Be Like This. Picture: Press
  2. Who is the lead singer of Inhaler?

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

  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.

    Inhaler in 2021: Josh Jenkinson. Robert Keating, Elijah Hewson and Ryan MacMahon
    Inhaler in 2021: Josh Jenkinson. Robert Keating, Elijah Hewson and Ryan MacMahon. Picture: Press
  4. Where can you see Inhaler live?

    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 UK and Ireland tour dates 2021

    • 9 August Colours, London
    • 14 August Boardmasters Festival
    • 15 August Pryzm, Kingston
    • 16 August Deaf Institute, Manchester
    • 18 August Blitz, Preston
    • 19 August Colours, London
    • 23 August Old Fire Station, Bournemouth
    • 24 August The Brook, Southampton
    • 5 September Neighbourhood Weekender
    • 10 September TRNSMT Festival, Glasgow
    • 17 September This Is Tomorrow Festival
    • 28 September Octagon, Sheffield
    • 29 September O2 Academy, Leeds
    • 1 October Newcastle University
    • 2 October O2 Institute, Birmingham
    • 3 October Academy, Bristol
    • 5 October Rock City, Nottingham
    • 6 October O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
    • 7 October Waterfront, Norwich
    • 9 October Mountford Hall, Liverpool University
    • 10 October Barrowland, Glasgow
    • 11 October The Workman's Club, Dublin
    • 12 October O2 Ritz, Manchester
    • 12 December Limelight 2, Belfast
    • 14 December Limelight, Belfast
    • 15 December Dolan's, Limerick
    • 16 December Cyprus Avenue, Cork
    • 17 December Inec Acoustic Club, Cill Airne
    • 19 December The Academy, Dublin
    • 20 December The Academy, Dublin
    • 21 December The Academy, Dublin
    • 22 December Academy 2, Dublin

    Full tour dates are available at Inhaler's official site

  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, reissued
    • My Honest Face (May 2019)
    • Ice Cream Sundae (September 2019)
    • We Have To Move On (August 2020)
    • Falling In
    • When It Breaks (October 2020)
    • Cheer Up Baby (March 2021)
    • Who's Your Money On (Plastic House0
    • Totally
  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 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.

    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.

    Inhaler in Spain, February 2020
    Inhaler in Spain, February 2020. Picture: GettyJesús Hellín/Europa Press via Getty Images