Wynona Bleach

Award: Recording And Releasing Music (Do it Differently)

Year: 2019

Genre: Alternative

Location: Northern Ireland

Website: www.wynonableach.com

Fusing epic Shoegaze textures with melodic alt-rock and dream pop, Northern Irish quintet Wynona Bleach were officially formed in Belfast in 2018. 

Their debut single “Eyes Burning” was released in January 2018, which was followed up by their debut EP “Sugar”. Since this, in 2019 they have supported Alice in Chains on two sold out shows in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre and Belfast’s Telegraph Building, & Prior to this (under their former name of R51) they Played Reading and Leeds festivals, as well as BBC Radio Ulster’s televised 30th anniversary with SOAK, Divine Comedy and Therapy. They toured heavily throughout 2017 which included a 12 date headline tour of Russia, covering 6,500 miles and 12 cities.

With songs about true love, manic happiness, sadness and apathy, their relentless efforts as a working band are a result of lofty dreams and ambitions fuelled by the 5 piece consisting of Melyssa Shannon (vocals) Jonny Woods (Guitar/Vocals) Aaron Black (Guitar) Carl Gilmore (Bass) and Matty Killen (Drums). Self-producing everything to date in a studio/rehearsal space in inner-city Belfast, their first pressing of Sugar was on transparent green vinyl, finding its own word of mouth support on national radio and beyond.

With this regular support and plays from BBC introducing, KEXP, and grass roots love from student radio in the UK and US, in 2019 they announced plans for their debut album which will be recorded in a warehouse in rural Portugal in September 2019. They will be transporting their studio from Belfast across 1,500 miles to a secluded ex-billiard factory in a valley near Coimbra in central Portugal. The album will be a selection of songs from throughout their career under their former name as well as mainly entirely new songs written both on and off the road in 2019. Due to their self-producing, multiple producers have been worked with to find the right one to take the reigns for this massively anticipated debut, this person will be announced shortly.