Sprints release their acclaimed new EP Manifesto via Nice Swan Records today. Produced by Daniel Fox ofGirl Band — Dublin’s answer to Steve Albini – the four tracks make for a hard-hitting gloom-punk journey that has been lauded by many in the music industry (not least our Julia Mason who’s been hot on their heels since day one). Like the Irish guitar acts who have paved the way for them: Fontaines D.C., Silverbacks and Girl Band, the sound of Sprints is urgent and vital at every turn.
The themes on the EP are varied and the music experimental. Drones takes on imposter syndrome while Manifesto tackles homophobia. Ashley is as close as we get to love song.
Recent single Swimming, a confluence of rabble-rousing stadium rock, sleazy garage rock focuses on the increasing lack of opportunity offered after supposedly following prescribed paths set by society in order to attain “success.” Sprints singer Karla Chubb explains:
“While the homeless crisis worsens, the city is sinking in debt and everyone can barely keep their heads above water, you see an article stating that a new €25 million white water rafting centre is being developed after approval by Dublin City Council. Sometimes you’d just rather drown.“
Sprints have hit a nerve. And with such honesty running through their core, it’s no wonder The Guardian, NME, and BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6Music have tipped them for big things. They will perform an exclusive live-stream event to celebrate the EP on March 31st — fans can access it here. Expect to see more from Sprints this year.
Sprints embark on their highlight anticipated first UK & Ireland Tour in Oct-Nov 2021.