Inhaler’s Elijah Hewson and Josh Jenkinson: “People are like, ‘Oh that riff sounds a bit like the Edge,’ and it’s like, ‘Yeah, well who f**king cares? The Edge is good!’”

(Image credit: Lewis Evans)

When their debut album It Won’t Always Be Like This entered the album charts on both sides of the Irish Sea at #1, Inhaler established themselves as the future of mainstream guitar music. Eager to capitalise, the Dublin workaholics took just one day off between the end of their last tour and starting work on the follow-up.

“We were trying to catch up on time so it was fairly hectic,” says singer/guitarist Elijah Hewson. Eli and fellow axeman Josh Jenkinson are responsible for Inhaler’s epic, delay-soaked electric guitar sounds. The new album Cuts & Bruises arrives as one of 2023’s most anticipated releases, and the band felt the pressure as they worked on it. Then there was the small matter of living up to the family name – Eli’s dad is one Paul Hewson, better known as Bono.

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Jenna Scaramanga

Jenna writes for Total Guitar and Guitar World, and is the former classic rock columnist for Guitar Techniques. She studied with Guthrie Govan at BIMM, and has taught guitar for 15 years. She's toured in 10 countries and played on a Top 10 album (in Sweden).