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Songbyrd Presents
Downstairs, All Ages

DOORS: 7:00 PM // SHOW: 8:00 PM



Songbyrd Presents

Wednesday January 22, 2020


To understand the symbiosis that exists between IDER, you need only learn how the London duo’s debut album, Emotional Education, got its name. “It came from a song that I had written,” says Megan Markwick, referring to the raw electro-pop anthem ‘Saddest Generation’, a beautiful examination of millennial malaise. “But then Lily had put in that lyric – ‘Where’s the emotional education we’re all looking for?’ And it was a penny drop moment. It’s such a perfect example of the way we work, this partnership that is all entangled.” “Emotional Education is what we give each other,” adds Lily Somerville, “and what we’re going to give you with this album.”

It’s a bold statement, but bold is what they’re going for. This is, after all, the culmination of six years of intense creative collaboration between the pair, who live together in north London, and write every single lyric and note themselves. They didn’t grow up together – Lily comes from a town just outside of Birmingham, and Megan was brought up in north London – but they feel like they were destined to meet. “It’s so weird, we’re not together, we’re not related, but we’re like best friends, soulmates,” says Megan. “What is that?!”

They met on a music course at Falmouth University six years ago, and quickly realised how well their voices melded together, their harmonies so intricately intertwined they seemed to become a separate entity. “When we sing together, there’s a new voice that’s created,” says Megan.