Derry four-piece Strength NIA recently adopted a name change, adding an NIA to their previous Strength moniker. And what better way to announce band news than with a new single.
Named for the Melbourne event, ‘1956 Olympics’ the track has the band on typically left-field form. It is both a response and a tribute to Australian band The Shifters, who last year penned the track ‘Creggan Shops’, itself inspired by The Troubles and the Derry estate. In ‘Creggan Shops’ Strength NIA frontman Rory Moore, originally from Creggan, believes The Shifters have written “one of the finest Northern Irish songs to date”. Moore’s lyrics make the connection immediately, over a consistent beat and the band’s retro keyboard sounds, with both tracks sharing some stylistic similarities. It may not be to everyone’s tastes but the band continue to follow their unorthodox instincts.
Strength NIA’s ‘1956 Olympics’ is released today, available to purchase and download through their bandcamp page below. The Australian theme is continued, with all proceeds going to the Aboriginal Literacy Foundation in Australia.