Inhaler are so 2023: a bunch of lads writing their own songs, and their own script; being true to their friendship and shared future; telling a story of young love and band lore, both of which feed into the vivid songs on Cuts & Bruises. It reunites the foursome with Ant Genn, the musician-producer Zelig of Britpop and beyond – an early member of Pulp and also composer/Musical Director on Peaky Blinders. Recording again in his Narcissus Studio in northwest London in between neverending touring commitments, they were more than happy to record again with the man they laughingly refer to as their Band Dad.
As Eli Hewson reflects, “there’s something powerful about just a band. A lot music these days is quite cold and very overproduced. But to be reminded of the magic that comes out of four people all playing together in a room like that – that was groundbreaking for us.”
Here then, all over again, already, are Inhaler. They’ve got history and vision. They’ve got magic and momentum. They’ve got rock and roll. And they’ve got Cuts & Bruises.