Sprints Talk of Music, History, and Plans Ahead

SPRINTS are back – the raw and raucous post-punk four-piece from Dublin are proud to announce their upcoming third single ‘Kissing Practice’, due for release on Feb 14th.

Recorded and mixed by Daniel Fox (Girl Band), Kissing Practice is a ferociously fast, punchy and guitar fueled song about sonder, melancholy and the mundanity of everyday life.

The Dublin four piece will celebrate the launch of the single with an already sold out headline show with MCD Productions in Whelan’s on February 22nd. With a spot also secured on the Other Voices Music Trail in Ballina, SPRINTS are sure to be a hot feature on the festival circuit in 2020.

Combining guitar driven hooks with emotive lyricism, SPRINTS unique rock sound has quickly gained the attention of music industry leaders both in Ireland and abroad. Taking elements from grunge, punk and beyond they're a band that live for live performance and thrive on stage.

Comprised of Karla Chubb, Colm O’Reilly, Sam McCann and Jack Callan, SPRINTS enjoyed a successful 2019 with the release of their first two singles ‘Pathetic’ and ‘The Cheek’. Featured as Track of the Day on Clash Magazine, Joe.ie and RTE 2FM – the band have been championed by leading Irish Music experts such as Dan Hegarty.

“With potent songwriting that packs a real punch, their punk-etched sound is visceral while hiding a natural knack for melody. It’s the kind of attitude laden grunge nugget Garbage made their own and Wolf Alice seek to emulate” - Clash Music

“With a mixture of honesty and grit, SPRINTS are a beautiful snapshot of punk music in Ireland right now; raw, rambunctious, and going to be big.” - Atwood Magazine

“These guys are my new favourite band. The Cheek is a song so good it suits any occasion” Dan Hegarty, 2FM

“The Cheek is a slap to the face post-punk track with alt-rock edges” John Barker, 98FM

"Karla Chubb’s powerful vocals command attention and submerge you in her rich depths and fiery attitude.” - Indie Buddie

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Notes from the songwriter on ‘Kissing Practice’:

Written from the perspective of an observer watching a crowds night unfold in a bar, Kissing Practice explores the everyday mundanity of life and how some people can find bliss in ignorance.

I always seem to be in a state of existential crisis, like I have to know what the meaning of it all is. Surely there is more to life than just waking up, going to work, meeting friends, going to bed and repeating the process day in and day out? Why are we here? What is the bloody point? While some friends seem to laugh it off and say relax, don’t try to be so deep, just enjoy it - I grow jealous. How is it that sometimes people can switch off their heads and stop worrying, but I can’t seem to?

So, Kissing Practice is a song that was originally born out of jealousy. Jealousy for the people who knew what they wanted out of life and just went for it or just were able to relax and enjoy it. Whether it was to settle down and have kids, or to get a good job and see the world, I’ve always been incredibly jealous of people who have known who they are and where they are going, because that’s all I wanted too.

I guess growing up queer I never really thought I could even think of getting married, having kids or even consider any of those ‘traditional’ goals, so you throw yourself into this abyss of trying to figure out who the hell you are or who you can be. So, you spend the rest of your 20s trying to piece it all back together, now that everything is possible, but you feel even more lost than you did in the first place.

Aside from that, this alternative garage rock band SPRINTS have a few singles under their belts, with more to come real soon. The band got together to talk about their music and a bit of a history behind the band.

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Sprints formed in late 2019, with our debut single coming out in April and it’s been a whirlwind since. Long time friends, Jack and Colm had previously played in bands for year. They met Karla through mutual friends and began playing in bands for a number of years. In 2018 they recruited Sam, another mutual friend, and began sprints on 2019 over a mutual love of loud energetic guitar fueled music.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

We went through about 50 different names. Decide in a name is always the best and worst part. We wanted something that was representative of the  music - quick, fast, energetic. Sprints was a random word that popped into my head on the way to band rehearsal. It seemed to stick well, rolled off the tongue and most importantly, we all agreed it worked. It stuck ever since.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

We’re all Irish and based in Dublin. Dublin and Ireland have always been extremely creative places. While a lack of venues and funding for the arts can leave artists frustrated, and creatives are under threat from rising rents and lack of resources, but the talent here is undeniable. There is a resurgence in the rock and punk scene. Bands like Nerves, Tribal Dance and Love Buzz are leading the way. Fontaine’s and Pillow Queens have already broken through and we’re hoping to follow suit.

4. How would you describe your style?

Punchy, raw and raucous. We want to write loud angry music you can also dance to.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

Emotive and honest lyricism, motoric rhythm and beefy bass. We like to write songs that are full of energy and rawness. It’s always fast, always passionate and always sprints.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

We’re gearing up to release our third single "Kissing Practice" on Feb 14th. Following that we are hitting the studio in March to record 2 or 3 more songs to release during the year.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

Currently focused on building a base in Ireland. Playing a. Sold out show in Whelans on Feb 22nd followed by a slot at the iconic Other Voices festival. Hopefully will feature in festivals over the summer also.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

We’d like to continue to put out as much music as possible. We’re constantly writing and love creating new music. We hope to play festivals and eventually do a live tour, playing live is where we get our energy and adrenaline from. The songs are born for a crowd and we want to keep playing them.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Available on all streaming platforms under SPRINTS and on all social media channels under @sprintsmusic.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Emotion. No matter what one it is, everyone song is written and based on a real story or event. Everything is honest and raw. If you come away feeling anything - we’ve done our job.

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