Photography by Steph James

Leonora Ellis

Born in New Zealand and Living in Cornwall, if I’m not being a journalist, I’m probably surfing or eating.

Newcastle newcomer ERNIE drops debut single ‘Pink Headaches’ via Gravity Records, a personal but peacefully happy track

ERNIE creates a peaceful picture of what rock music could be; if you crave a bit of calm the Newcastle based singer-songwriter is very very good. Artists know all too well that it is hard to write about being happy. Despite the tough truths which ERNIE vocalises in ‘Pink Headaches’, there is a friendly and peaceful air about the track.

He is a personal artist, you can hear it in the guitar, the soft backing vocals, and uneven synths. He is invested in writing with the sort of skillful lyricism we see from Taylor Swift and Florence + the Machine, letting us into recounts from the past.

Fresh to Gravity Records, ERNIE, whose real name is Joe Ernest Allan, has spent the last two years producing a large collection of songs. In particular, ‘Pink Headaches’, which was produced by renowned producers Josh Ingledew (Sam Fender) and Catherine Marks who has worked with the likes of Foals, The Killers, and Wolf Alice.

ERNIE is also getting ready for an iconic stadium show supporting Sam Fender at St James’ Park in Newcastle on the 10th of June. You can also seem him at Boardmasters Festival on the 12th of August and Generator Live on the 16th of September.

Listen to ‘Pink Headaches’ here:

Catch ERNIE at the following:

St James’ Park, Newcastle (w/ Sam Fender) – 10th June
Boardmasters Festival, Cornwall – 12th August
Generator Live, Newcastle – 16th September