Single Review: The Riptide Movement – Animal

By on Monday, 26th October 2015 at 12:00 pm

If you’ve been wondering where the raucous Americana sound has been hiding, the answer is in Ireland. They have been gracious enough to let us hear how it’s doing in the form of The Riptide Movement. Due to release their latest single ‘Animal’ in November, The Riptide Movement are new to the rest of world but in Ireland and the UK, they’ve already been kicking up a storm. Consisting of Mal Tuohy (vocals and guitar), JP Dalton (guitar), Gerry McGarry (bass and harmonica) and Gar Byrne (drums and piano), together they create choruses that could rouse even the more stubborn amongst us. Think Mumford and Sons if they went to an Irish pub and ran into Bruce Springsteen.

Going back to ‘Animal’, which is also the first track on their critically acclaimed Irish gold-selling debut album ‘Getting Through’, is a perfect introduction for anyone to this band. It has heartfelt lyrics, choruses larger than the state of Texas and a horn section just in case you weren’t quite feeling happy after hearing everything else that’s going on in the song.

The musical backing suits beneath a story of a relationship on its last legs, with one party being considered the bad guy when he’s trying his best, but it’s falling on deaf ears. We’ve all been there, but fortunately we can all hear this song and it’s a message we can all relate to. The relation you create between a song and your personal life is the difference between just hearing a song and feeling a song. The Riptide Movement manage to formulate the latter into every song they create, and ‘Animal’ is just the beginning.

No matter if you’ve already heard of them or this is your first discovery, it’s only a matter of time until The Riptide Movement leave these safe European shores and make there way around the rest of the world, and once they do there will be no stopping them.


‘Animal’ is released on the 13th of November on Caroline International. ‘Getting Through’ is out now.


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