Track of the Day: 49th & Main – ‘Up To Something’

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49th & Main recently ripped the Forbidden Fruit and Longitude stages. Check out the pair at Indiependence on July 31.

Following previous single ‘Human Condition’, Kilkenny duo 49th & Main have shared their third single on the Ninja Tune Counter Records imprint, the catchy electronic alternative pop ‘Up To Something’.

Paddy King and Ben O’Sullivan have already grabbed attention with 20 million streams amassed on Spotify since 2020. The new cut is taken from their debut EP titled Must be nicewhich is scheduled for release on July 22.

Beginning with a hard-hitting drum beat and an infectious bass line, “Up To Something” quickly continues on a party road with groovy melodies and O’Sullivan’s sleek indie-pop production.

She thinks I must be something / ’cause weekdays I’m up ’til 6am just to do some cocaine / And you keep calling me home / I feel like break my phone,the track begins, calling out to someone questioning his behavior.

Opening the duo’s EP, “Up To Something” is all about creative instrumentation and lyrics speaking to their current headspace. 49th & Main said, “It’s a long night, forgotten conversations and empty wallets, a kind of melody you can’t help but dance to”.

49th and Main at Longitude 2022. Copyright Anthony Oloruntoba/hotpress.com.

The pair first met at school and after growing close they began working on music together during a particularly hot summer, with O’Sullivan dabbling in acoustics and how to record guitar of King.

Once in Vancouver (just off 49th and Main Street), O’Sullivan found himself unable to find work; so while King and his friends went to work in stores and construction sites across town, he spent his days producing and writing music for Paddy to jump on when he got home.

O’Sullivan went on to develop aplastic anemia: a rare blood disease that prevented his bone marrow from producing enough new blood cells, leaving him chronically fatigued and prone to infections. The musician was officially diagnosed and began treatment which left him severely immunocompromised when he returned from Canada, living between the attic of his family home or a triple-sealed hospital room.

49th & Main released their debut single “Party Alone” three months later with former classmate TraviS before their debut project “Neon Palm Trees” arrived. Great efforts like “Streetlights,” “I Want You,” and “Good Life” have garnered huge stream numbers on Spotify.

The band recently signed a worldwide record deal with independent label Counter Records, an imprint of Ninja Tune – home to Bonobo, Bicep, Thundercat, Kelis and Black Country, New Road. Paradigm came on board to support their journey live.

Listen to “Up To Something” below.

Must be nice Track list

1. Until Something
2. Human condition
3. I will never stop
4. Streetlights
5.Thomas
6. Dillinger
7. No Sleep


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