New single from Nenagh band Billy’s Cinema

Nenagh band Billy's Cinema make a comeback this week with a new lineup, new single and a new video to follow.

Formed in 2016 by childhood friends Martin Twisty O'Brien and John Cummins, Billy's Cinema (the name a nostalgic throwback to the lads' cinema-going days in Nenagh) are a rock band influenced mainly by the favourites they grew up with. These include the likes of Therapy, Kerbdog, Coldplay, Jimmy Eat World and Foo Fighters. The Nenagh act were an instant success, achieving an iTunes No 1 with their debut single ‘Heartsong’ for Christmas 2016.

Titled ‘Not the Sun’, the new song is Billy's Cinema's first single since 2018. The band took a “sabbatical from writing and project life” but are back stronger than ever as a four-piece lineup. Twisty and John (both of whom sing and play guitars) are now joined by Jimmy Wynne on bass guitar and Patrick O'Connor on drums and percussion.

The new Billy's Cinema single is inspired by the fear of being strong in weak situations and overcoming those situations.

“The song is about anxiety and how we cope with it,” the band says of new single ‘Not the Sun’. “As a society, we wear masks a lot but sometimes we have to be proud of what's under that mask and to be brave to share the ugliness or realism underneath.

“Not the sun - meaning we can't always be the shining light everyone expects us to be.”

The song was produced, mixed and mastered by Twisty. A video for the single was shot by David O'Grady and Georgina Creamer at Asterisk Multimedia in Thurles.

“We are very excited and proud about this song and video,” the Nenagh lads report, adding that they are feeling refreshed now that they are playing as a four-piece.

‘Not the Sun’ will be available to download on Spotify, iTunes on most other music platforms from this Friday, August 5.

The video will be released on the band's Facebook page and will be up on You Tube from Friday week, August 12.

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