2020 was not a good year for many people, but it was a success, musically at least, for Galway four-piece NewDad, who have rapidly gained a healthy dose of fans after the release of their debut single How back in April. Since then, they’ve shown a little more of what they can do with a spread of singles, and now, less than a month out from the release of their debut EP, they’ve dropped their best one yet. Slowly is a great example of shoegaze-flavoured indie done right. A lot of bands just slop a pile of fuzz together and hope the clouds form into something – NewDad show an appreciation for the fact that you actually have to write a song to make things work. And Slowly is a good one, built on a groove gifted to it by its wriggling bassline, sharp and vivid indie rock that’s roughed and scuffed up to give it a dreamy, hazy heaviness. It’s another step forward for a band that’s making a habit of them – and you can treat yourself to even more NewDad on their debut EP Waves, out on March 26.