20 March 2015 (released)
02 May 2015
‘Before We Forgot How To Dream’ is due June 1, and will be supported by an official release of 'Blud', following recent single ‘Sea Creatures’ (which was A-Listed at Radio 1, and also playlisted at 6Music and XFM).
Named a One To Watch for 2015 via the likes of iTunes, Spotify and the BBC Sound Poll, Bridie has been confirmed for a run of festivals (including Great Escape, Latitude, Bestival, Festival Number 6) on top of June headline tour - featuring an already-sold-out show Bush Hall on June 4. Many more worldwide dates will be confirmed shortly, including the US (where Bridie recently played a breakout SXSW, and sold-out shows in New York.
Already compared with the likes of Laura Marling and Beach House, 'Before We Forgot How To Dream' is a record which traces SOAK's extraordinary journey in her career thus far, and also tackles those more universal themes of friendship, family or what to do with your future.
She started writing songs at the age of thirteen, before an early demo of ‘Sea Creatures’ lit a fuse which picked up the attention of BBC Introducing and also saw A&R board the next flight to Derry (parking up outside the unsuspecting Monds-Watson household).
Yet SOAK rushed into nothing, continuing to find her confidence as an artist and as a young woman. Having toured in the school holidays – Tegan & Sara, George Ezra - got her first tattoo (of 19) and completed her studies, things moved forward in 2014, when the soft-release of ‘Blud’ won widespread acclaim and ultimately led to a deal with Rough Trade the same summer most of her friends got their A-Level results.
On its surface, ‘Before We Forgot How To Dream’ may initially appear nostalgic – romantic, even - towards a more innocent time. But despite the tumultuous tone which actually lingers beneath the record, there is still a persistently uplifting element to SOAK’s music.
Music-News.com caught up with SOAK for an exclusive interview at SXSW in Aistin , Texas in March. Check out the uncut interview above.
May 14 +15 Brighton Great Escape Festival
May 16 Brussels Les Nuits Botanique
May 22 Mannheim Mailfeld Derby
May 23 Dortmund Way Back When
May 31 Barcelona Primavera Sound Festival
June 4 London Bush Hall **SOLD OUT**
June 5 Manchester Sacred Trinity **SOLD OUT**
June 6 Glasgow Oran Mor
June 10 Belfast Empire Music Hall
June 11 Dublin Pepper Cannister
June 12 Galway Roisin Dubh
June 13 Cork Triskel Christchurch
July 17-19 Suffolk Latitude Festival
July 19 Latvia Positivus Festival
July 20 Netherlands Valkhof Festival
July 24 Austria Acoustic Lakeside Festival
July 25 Sweden Way Out West Festival
August 21 Norway Pstereo Festival
September 6 Portemerion Festival Number 6
September 10 Norway Perfect Sounds Forever
Sept 10-13 Isle of Wight Bestival