- 07 Jun 23
Catch Sprints performing at Beyond The Pale on June 18th.
Dublin rockers Sprints have shared a thrilling new single, 'Adore Adore Adore', via City Slang today alongside a string of domestic and international tour dates.
The band's biggest headline shows to date will include an Autumn show at London's Scala and a gig at The Button Factory, Dublin. Sprints are set to dominate the festival landscape this Summer, bringing their own brand of charisma-laden punk to stages around Europe.
'Adore Adore Adore' finds Karla Chubb reflecting on her experience as the frontperson of Sprints; a woman fronting a punk band being held to patriarchal standards of acceptability. The pressure to conform to certain societal rules of sexuality, gender identity and femininity versus masculinity are all referenced in the powerful track.
Ellius Grace directs the brand new video for the explosive, personal anthem. "Well, do you adore me? / Am I everything you wanted now / Or am I everything you despise," Karla asks, while she's getting thrown underwater by two scientist-types in the visuals, forcing her to bend to their will.
On the new single, Karla Chubb, Sprints' lead vocalist, says "There is still a different standard of behaviour expected from me vs even the other members in Sprints. There is a different set of invisible rules I am supposed to abide by - I am supposed to fit their mould and give them what they want - and not deliver what it is I am here to do.
So at a time when trans rights are under attack, people are trying to force upon us what they think a woman is or should be, this is the outward expression of my own frustration, struggle and rage."
Formed in 2019 when Karla, guitarist Colm O’Reilly and drummer Jack Callan - already playing together under a slowly-dwindling former guise - had the lightbulb moment at a Savages gig that they too could play the music they actually listened to and loved, Sprints have barely paused for breath since. Recruiting bassist Sam McCann, for their first show back in February of that year, the difference from day one was tangible.
“Our only ethos in music is to write something that matters and that means something,” says Karla. “It’s all about expressing our identities, and injecting our personalities into it.”
SPRINTS Tour Dates - tickets
4th Oct - Scala, London, UK
6th Oct - Button Factory, Dublin, Ireland
15th November - Baby's All Right, New York, USA
16th June - Festsaal, Berlin, Germany
18th June - Beyond The Pale. Dublin, Ireland
24th June - Siren's Festival, Luxembourg
7th July - Stendhal Festival, Limavady, Northern Ireland
8th July - 2000Trees, Cheltenham, UK
14th July - TVSpenta dal vivo, Rapolano Terme, Italy
21st July - Standon Calling Festival, UK
22nd July - Leopallooza. Cornwall, UK
23rd July - Truck Festival, Oxfordshire, UK
28th July - Deer Shed, Thirsk, UK
30th July - Y Not Festival, Derbyshire, UK
5th August - All Together Now, Curraghmore Estate, UK
11th August - Open Flair Festival, Eschwege, Germany
22nd September - Reeperbahn, Hamburg, Germany
4th November - Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik, Iceland
16th December - Brixton o2 Academy, London (supporting Suede)
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