One to look at: Sprints

That Sprints’ songs sound so conversational shouldn’t come as a shock. “One of the simplest ways to explain the songwriting is like ‘pub chat’,” singer Karla Chubb told DIY magazine. “It’s points that you just usually collect round a desk and chat to your mates about on a Friday evening over a pint of Guinness.” The resultant arresting lyrics have been a function of the Dublin four-piece – accomplished by bassist Sam McCann, guitarist Colm O’Reilly and drummer Jack Callan – since their 2020 debut single The Cheek (“He stated: ‘Child, are you straight?’ / I stated: ‘Bi – bye bye’”).

A Modern Job, the title observe of their new EP, is about not conforming to societal expectations. “My entire life I’ve been chasing issues that folks advised me would make me blissful and it simply made me extremely depressed,” says Chubb. “It’s solely been within the final couple of years of actually embracing who I’m that I’ve thought, I simply don’t care any extra.” There’s a lighter facet, too: I’m in a Band is simply straight-up humorous.

Taking their musical nods from the post-punk of Savages (certainly one of whose gigs was a pivotal second of their origin story) and Fontaines DC, Sprints are of their aspect on stage and made their SXSW debut this month. In their very own phrases: “We’re such a reside band.” Be careful for them at festivals this summer season.

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