Written by DJ Monk

Young Northern Irish band, Brand New Friend have today (Monday) released their latest single, ‘I Was An Astronaut’. Coupled with a new track, ‘You Make Me Want To Grow Up, Sometimes’, the song is taken from their debut album ‘Seatbelts For Aeroplanes’, released last year through Xtra Mile Recordings.

The quartet – still barely out of their teens and fronted by siblings Taylor and Lauren Johnson – filmed the video on Downhill Beach, better known as Dragonstone in ‘Game Of Thrones’, close to their hometown of Castlerock. The little boy who stars in the clip is Taylor and Lauren’s little brother.

Live, Brand New Friend kick off the year with a sold-out three-night residency at Belfast’s The American Bar on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week. They then hit the road as main support on the forthcoming Seán McGowan tour, with dates as follows:


Thursday 7 – Brighton, Hope & Ruin

Friday 8 – Bristol, Louisiana

Saturday 9 – Manchester, Star & Garter

Sunday 10 – Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge

Wednesday 13 – Leicester, Soundhouse

Thursday 14 – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach

Saturday 16 – Oxford, Jericho Tavern

Sunday 17 – Guildford, Boiler Room

Tuesday 19 – Norwich, Bermuda Bob’s Rum Shack & HiFi

Wednesday 20 – Cambridge, Portland Arms

Thursday 21 – Swindon, Level 3

Friday 22 – Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club

Saturday 23 – Newcastle, Underground

Sunday 24 – Glasgow, Hug & Pint

Monday 25 – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s

Wednesday 27 – St Albans, The Horn

Thursday 28 – Nottingham, The Bodega


Friday 1 – Bedford, Esquires

Saturday2 – London, Borderline

Sunday 3 – Bournemouth, Anvil

They also support Snow Patrol at Ward Park show in Bangor on 25 May.