A prodigal young talent, SOAK began their musical journey aged 14 when they first wrote breakout track ‘Sea Creatures’, cutting their teeth and cultivating a passionate following from their home of Derry. Taking their time to develop their craft and complete school, Bridie signed to Rough Trade and released their beautiful debut album, Before We Got How To Dream’, in 2015. One of the Mercury Prize’s youngest ever nominees, the record also won the prestigious Choice Music Prize for Album of the Year, the Northern Irish Music Prize, saw SOAK shortlisted for a Q Award (‘Best New Act’), as well as taking home the European Border Breaker Award. With support ranging from the BBC Sound Poll and Jools Holland to playlist support across Radio 1 and 6Music, all these extreme experiences have taken SOAK far beyond (but often right back to) their close-knit Northern Irish scene.
Three years later, and SOAK is ready to introduce their new project, beginning with the breath-taking ‘Everybody Loves You’. We saw the first glimpse of this back in May at BBC 6 Music’s biggest weekend, which was greatly received by fans new and old. More than just an album, SOAK’s second album is journey through Bridie’s own emotional and psychological soundscape; an intense collection of musical thoughts and feelings, which mark their move from Derry to Manchester, from loss of identity to self-acceptance.