Video: Hare Squead – “100 Miles”
The Acclaimed Dublin Group Use a Black-and-White Palette to Express Their Longing in the HYPEBEAST-Premiered Video
“Hare Squead are pioneers of a creative boom taking place in Dublin… They have Ed Sheeran’s business savvy, compositional expertise , plus chiselled jaws and puppyish enthusiasm.”– The Guardian
“Blending hip-hop, soul and pop in a way that feels both soothing and full of energy, the results carry some heavy Chance the Rapper and De La Soul vibes with a distinctly Irish twist.” – Noisey
“With a name as unique as Hare Squead, their sound is just as special.” – XXL
“There’s no denying the group’s ascension; in Dublin, Ireland—a city only now becoming known for its hip-hop—Hare Squead is becoming one of its most recognizable acts.” – Pitchfork
Known for their effervescent and deeply musical strain of hip-hop, Hare Squead effortlessly separate themselves from the pack. Translating their desperate longing into a breezy acoustic bounce, the Irish duo recently returned from an 18-month absence with the audio single “100 Miles.“ Today they bring the love song to life with some inventive cinematography and a HYPEBEAST premiere. The video for “100 Miles” expresses the sorrow and strange hopefulness felt when pursuing an unrequited love. Filmed in lo-fi black-and-white and directed by the group’s visual collaborator Isaac Nelson, Hare Squead opens up their bag of tricks, splitting close-ups of their faces with grainy superimpositions of a full moon and winking eyes and wide shots of stark grey landscape that would fit in an Ingmar Bergman film.
“100 Miles” has earned over 389,000 streams on Spotify, where it enjoys prominent placement on the influential, multi-genre POLLEN playlist (193k followers) and garners over 12,000 streams per day.
Blazing a trail for Irish hip-hop in their hometown of Dublin, Hare Squead developed a loyal fanbase on both sides of the Atlantic with their eccentric and melodic sound. Praised by the likes of Pitchfork, Noisey, The Guardian, and many others, Hare Squead found the ears of Goldlink in 2017, when he included a remix of their song “Herside Story” on his At What Cost album, generating over 35 million plays on Spotify. In 2017, the group released two acclaimed singles “Flowers” and “Pure,” which earned more than 6 million combined streams on Spotify alone. Raising their Spotify monthly listenership to over 841k, despite an 18-month hiatus, Hare Squead plans to treat fans plenty of genre-fluid and energetic new music in 2019.
Check the HYPEBEAST premiere: https://hypebeast.com/2019/3/hare-squead-100-miles-video
Watch “100 Miles”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dwd85srobUE
Way beyond, across the pond, Hare Squead are quickly making a name for themselves. Hip-Hop and Ireland may seem like two points on opposite ends of the spectrum but the now-band of two, comprised of Tony Konstone and Lilo Blues, are imprinted within both worlds and look at themselves as more than just an anomaly. In 2016, the group found success outside of their local scene with “Long Way to Go” and took advantage of that by dropping their Supernormal EP. The standout single off the EP, “Herside Story,” quickly became a favorite, which led to Goldlink including a remix of the group’s song on his At What Cost album in 2017. Combined, “Herside Story” has amassed over 40 million streams on Spotify to-date. Also in 2017, the group released two acclaimed singles “Flowers” and “Pure,” which earned more than 5 million combined streams on Spotify alone. However, as success builds, unexpected turns can arise to derail everything. After an 18-month absence from the spotlight, in February 2019, Hare Squead made their return with “100 Miles,” a bubbly, guitar-driven single that was inspired by the emotional vulnerability of Aretha Franklin’s “I Say a Little Prayer.” The group plans to release two EPs this year and re-introduce themselves to the world as a formidable talent.
“Herside Story” w/ Goldlink: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-zeV_s3bfY
“Herside Story”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXVJTRXgCCg
“If I Ask”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpTOnpd2THI
Supernormal EP: https://open.spotify.com/album/4J6AAwaW46J6REDAPI7x2e