It feels a daft thing to say given its name, but Sprints‘ new single ‘Manifesto’ is a proper statement of intent.
An early teaser from the Dublin group’s upcoming debut EP of the same name, due next year, it comes flying out of the gate with a super assertive take on post-punk that’s far more energising than that tag usually indicates.
It’s the sort of track that, when we’re allowed to have gigs again, will totally demolish whichever sticky-floor venues they find themselves in.
Frontwoman Karla Chubb explains: “‘Manifesto’ is all about control, and the seeming lack of it we have sometimes – control over our own lives, our own bodies, our own societies. Written during the time of the Repeal the 8th referendum in Ireland, it’s a call for equality.
“Life can feel like it’s unravelling around you. We see our countries fall in and out of economic crisis, we see the homeless crisis worsen by the day, we see the rapid rise of addiction and drug problems, and nothing is being done about, yet when it comes to telling women what they can do with their own bodies, that’s when people (the bigots) step in and show up? It baffled me.
“‘Manifesto’ is about turning your cheek to the critics and bigots and those who judge and doubt, to try shake the shackles of everyday existence and mundanity and go carve your own path.”
Give it a listen below, and keep an eye out for further news of the EP, too.