Interview: Sprints

We chat to Dublin-based alternative rock group Sprints about their new single, influences and blowing off some steam.

Interview by Jane Howkins

How is 2020 treating you so far?
It’s been a great year. We only formed in mid-2019 so we feel like, between the two singles, the sold out shows and response we’re getting from people, that we’re on the right track. It’s keeping us really motivated to keep pushing.

Have you released any music so far this year? If so, what can you tell us about that?
Kissing Practice, our new single, came out on Valentine’s Day which we’re really excited about. It’s really raw and punchy and energetic so we can’t wait for people to sing along to it at the live shows.

Are you working on any new music at the moment? What are you working on, and when will it be released?
We’re constantly writing and have a wealth of material we want to release. We’re heading to the studio in March to record the next load of singles and hope to release them periodically throughout the rest of the year.

Who/what has influenced you the most as musicians?
Our influences are so far ranging, we genuinely are all such music lovers that we have passions for every genre. As SPRINTS our main influences are definitely the post-punk and garage genres, bands such as IDLES, Silverbacks, Courtney Barnett, Angel Olsen, Girl Band – they’d definitely be heavily on repeat for us. Lyrically we’re all very inspired by every day life and struggles – from mental health to the political climate, we’re inspired by it all.

What have you been listening to recently that you can recommend to our readers?
The new Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen. Couple Irish bands like Silverbacks, Nerves and TV People have released some amazing music recently also that we’d definitely recommend.

Why do you think people should pick up one of your records or come and see you live, and what can people expect from one of your shows?
We’re raw, honest, energetic and we live to play live. If you need to blow off some steam and have a good time, we’re the band for you.

Any last words for the fans?
Thanks for the time. Supporting independent artists means the world to them so keep sharing and streaming your friends stuff. It keeps them going.