[song] Gilla Band – Sports Day

Last year Gilla Band released their fascinating third record Most Normal. Along with that, there were a couple of rare 7″ singles, some of which had cool B-sides. One of those, “Sports Day”, is out now on streaming services as well (paired with a video directed by Michael Speed), and it is another great noisy experiment from the group.

Gilla Band live in Milan’22

Describing it, vocalist Dara says: “Sports Day is about announcing embarrassing facts (thankfully via a distortion mic). 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 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 group also announced 4 new shows for May and June in the UK, Belgium, and France. Tickets are on sale now, find all the upcoming dates on their website.

Stream “Sports Day” below and get it here.

[album] Gilla Band – Most Normal

Gilla Band (ex-Girl Band) needs no long introduction. This four-piece from Dublin was formed in the early 2010s, and consistently pleases listeners with uncompromising, loud and absolutely unique music. Their new LP Most Normal is out today via Rough Trade.

It makes no sense to allocate the group’s releases to any particular genre or look for similar bands since they really are absolute innovators. Nearly never using musical instruments in a conventional way, Gilla Band manage to create both long super hits with huge drops (as they did on their The Early Years EP & debut full-length Holding Hands With Jamie), and claustrophobic, creative experiments that can be described roughly as a horror noise (as on their second LP The Talkies).

Most Normal is probably their most carefully crafted and detailed work to date. There is absolutely everything here that we love about the group, but also a lot of new things. It is almost impossible to predict the moves here, surprises await the listeners at every turn. But still, there is some order in the overall chaos, and new tracks are brilliantly adding up to the already-released singles and completing the whole picture.

All songs deserve equal attention, but the wonderful “The Weirds” stands out in the middle of the release, a long no wave number that truly hypnotizes. Also noteworthy is the new approach to lyrics writing, Dara Kiely is as open and direct as he was never before (“Post Ryan”), but at the same time he masterfully maintains a high degree of familiar Gilla Band madness (“Backwash”, “I Was Away”) and dark humor (“Eight Fivers”, “Bin Liner Fashion”).

The only minus of the record is that it is a bit short (almost 10 minutes shorter than The Talkies). However, it is worth appreciating what we already have from the Gilla Band: three perfect albums. If we are lucky enough, we might get a fourth one too.

Listen below and get the record here (it is Bandcamp Friday today, so it is the best source to purchase it).

[video] Gilla Band – Post Ryan

Now performing under the moniker Gilla Band (ex-Girl Band), the unique and unsettling Irish noisy four-piece released a new song “Post Ryan”. It will close their upcoming new LP Most Normal, which is set for release on October 7 through Rough Trade.

The hard-hitting and direct post-everything cut is the third single we have heard from the group (after “Backwash” and “Eight Fivers”) and is released alongside the fitting bonkers (in a good way) visuals, directed by Michael Speed.

Watch it below and pre-order the album here.