Northern Irish up-and-comer ROE sets the stage alight with ‘Cruel’

ROE is rocketing up our radar this week with her new single ‘Cruel’. Really this is part of her upward trajectory since winning Best Emerging Artist at the Northern Ireland Music Prize in 2018 and becoming a recipient of the PRS Foundation Momentum Fund. Staying true to her pledge to make dark indie-pop, ‘Cruel’ is a Cranberries-esque romper that immediately launches into infectious indie melodies and gig-worthy instrumentation.

Speaking about the inspiration behind this song, ROE tell us that:

“‘Cruel was written about wanting to care for someone who doesn’t deserve the loyalty. It’s about being brainwashed into only seeing the good in somebody and thinking that they’re this huge part of your personality that you’d be lost without, when in reality they’re only dragging you down.”

After playing the first live set in front of an audience in almost 18 months on the island of Ireland at a pilot live performance in June, ROE is set to debut a brand new live show at the official Stendhal festival in July and at Wild Roots Festival in Sligo in August.

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