Irish rap trio Kneecap have released their Toddla T produced debut single for Heavenly Recordings ‘Better Way To Live‘ featuring Grian Chatten (vocals) and Tom Coll (drums) from Fontaines D.C. It’s an intriguing mix of vocal styles with Chatten’s monotone delivery perfectly complementing Kneecap’s bounce. The trio from Belfast merge Irish with English, satire with socially conscious lyrics and reality with absurdity.
Kneecap have just finished a headline North American tour, which saw them sell-out shows in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Toronto & San Francisco and culminated with a sold-out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom. They have announced shows in Newcastle, Liverpool and London at the end of the month before seeing out the year with an Irish tour in December.
The track is accompanied by a Peadar Gill directed video filmed in Madden’s Bar in Belfast where Grian and Kneecap first met. Kneecap share the following on the song:
‘A Better Way To Live’ is all about finding that little spark of joy in the monotony, in the day-to-day things that you barely bat an eye at. In between the moments of that repetitive lift of the pint, or spark of a cigarette, there is an opportunity for bliss. Underneath that constant noise, there is a silence that can breathe new life and inspiration breaking through the mundane.“
2024 is already looking busy for Kneepcap with the news that the, ‘The Kneecap biopic film’, written and directed by Rich Peppiatt (‘One Rogue Reporter’) and starring Michael Fassbender is due for release in early next year.
Kneecap Tour Dates 2023
27 – The Grove – NEWCASTLE
28 – Furnace – LIVERPOOL
29 – Electric Ballroom – LONDON
11 – Olympia Theatre – DUBLIN
12 – Olympia Theatre – DUBLIN – SOLD OUT
14 – Nerve Centre – DERRY
21 – Ulster Hall – BELFAST
29 – City Hall – CORK