- 07 Feb 23
Gilla Band's new single 'Sports Day' follows the release of their boundary-pushing third album, Most Normal last October.
Dublin-based noise act Gilla Band have shared a new track in the form of 'Eight Fivers' B-side 'Sports Day'.
The Most Normal single has landed on streaming services along with a trippy visualiser directed by Michael Speed.
Frontman Dara Kiely explains the background of 'Sports Day' below, stating that the track is about "announcing embarrassing facts (thankfully via a distortion mic)". Accompanied by a heavy drum beat slowed down alongside wailing guitar fuzz, there's the usual Gilla Band self-deprecating humour at its core.
“Weird lies you've told as a child, poor skills you once thought you were great at and repetitive lines that you still bring up to the same people," the Dubliner notes. "The subject matter contains: me being 12 and coming to terms with being crap at football and would never be a professional. At a similar age; having this peculiar routine in which I used to say goodnight to my sports day medals (including kissing my participation ones) before going to bed."
"Essentially being strangely proud of my achievements of simply showing up. Linking that out of depth feeling to the modern day in the shape of not knowing how to turn on the PA (or anything music equipment related for that matter). Also secretly admiring soap operas while constantly talking about The Beatles to anyone who would listen.”
The band have also announced four new shows for May and June in the UK, Belgium, and France - tickets are on sale now. Revisit their Dublin show from December here and Hot Press interview here.
Gilla Band will also appear on the new, 21st series of Other Voices, which will air from February 16th on RTÉ.
Check out the video for 'Sports Day' below.
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