‘Ladybird’ marks a big step forward in NewDad’s songwriting. It’s bolder and more confident, with layers of guitars creating a mesmerising pop song. It is perfectly balanced, managing to be both intimate and expansive. The track was inspired by the film of the same name, as Julie explains:
I wrote the song after watching the film ‘Ladybird’, the chord progression reminded me of the Dave Matthew’s song that’s played throughout the film so I initially named it after that, so ‘Ladybird’ was just a working title. I then wrote the lyrics about the difficult part of relationships and the struggle we sometimes face when we’re away from someone and the fears and anxieties we have about what they’re doing or if they’re okay, I realised this coincided with the relationship between the mother and daughter in the film so the title ended up being pretty fitting. It’s about the give and take in any relationship really and about the struggles of being away from someone you care about.
NewDad played a short sold-out headline tour of Ireland in September, their first tour, as well as supporting Fontaines DC in Belfast and playing at Green Man Festival. Next up, the band head to the UK for their first tour here, including two nights at The Lexington. They’ll also head to Paris for the Pitchfork Festival.
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