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Gilla Band release ‘Backwash’ single

Gilla Band release ‘Backwash’ single

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Gilla Band have released another track from their forthcoming album Most Normal, following on from the album’s first preview track ‘Eight Fivers’.

‘Backwash’ was aired in recent Dublin residencies and gigs, and feels like the Dublin band are injecting some new sounds into their trademark, it’s a bit more wobbly and rhythmic than usual, without losing the identity they have established.

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“The initial idea for the whole album was that it would loosely sound like a dream. We didn’t really stick to the brief but it lead us down different sonic avenues. ‘Backwash’ is one of the few tracks where the words represent a dream-like circumstance. The lyrics are from a stream-of-consciousness rant, weird imagery, and all that. The track is about attraction – fancying someone and not knowing what to say exactly. It’s an indirect love song, knowing you like someone but can’t quite articulate it. Thinking that you have already expressed your feelings, but like waking up from a dream you’ve forgotten what you actually have said or felt”

Dara, Gilla Band.

The single is available on 7″ limited to 120 copies.

The band’s third album is called Most Normal and is released on October 7th on Rough Trade Records.

Most Normal was self produced and recorded and mixed by the band’s Daniel Fox at Sonic Studios and their rehearsal place.

The album will be available on limited edition blue vinyl and an exclusive alt cover white vinyl, limited to 1,000 copies, and is now on pre-order.


Covid lockdown robbed Gilla Band of any opportunity to try the new material out live, but the pandemic also incinerated any idea of a deadline for the new album. They were free to tinker at leisure, to rewrite and restructure and reinvent tracks they’d cut – to, as drummer Adam Faulkner puts it, “pull things apart and be like, ‘Let’s try this. We could try out every wild idea.”

The group also fell under the spell of modern hip-hop, “where there’s really heavy-handed production and they’re messing with the track the whole time,” says basses Daniel Fox. “That felt like a fun route to go down, it was a definite influence.”

The common thread holding Most Normal’s ambitious avant-pop shapes together is frontman Dara Kiely. Throughout, he’s an antic, antagonistic presence, barking wild, hilarious, unsettling spiels, babbling about smearing fish with lubricant or dressing up in bin-liners or having to wear hand-me-down boot-cut jeans (“It was a big, shameful thing, growing up, not being able to afford the look I wanted and having to wear all my brother’s old clothes, like bell-bottomed flares that got nowhere near my ankle,” says Kiely


Gilla Band – Most Normal tracklist.

  1. The Gum
  2. Eight Fivers
  3. Backwash
  4. Gushie
  5. Binliner Fashion
  6. Capgras
  7. The Weirds
  8. I Was Away
  9. Almost Soon
  10. Red Polo Neck
  11. Pratfall
  12. Post Ryan

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Gilla Band’s big Irish shows this year are at the National Stadium, Dublin on December 9th, and Empire, Belfast on December 15th 2022

Gilla Band tour dates

18/10/2022         Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

19/10/2022         SWG3, Glasgow

20/10/2022         O2 The Ritz, Manchester

22/10/2022         O2 Forum, London

23/10/2022         CHALK, Brighton

11/11/2022         Sonic City Festival, Kortrijk

12/11/2022         La Cartonnerie Club, Reims

13/11/2022         Le Marche Gare, Lyon

15/11/2022         Bogen F, Zurich

16/11/2022         Biko, Milan

17/11/2022         Strom, Munich

19/11/2022         Lido, Berlin

21/11/2022         Loppen, Copenhagen

22/11/2022         Knust, Hamburg

24/11/2022         Artheater, Cologne

25/11/2022         Maassilio, Rotterdam

26/11/2022         La Gaite Lyrique, Paris

09/12/2022         National Stadium, Dublin

15/12/2022         The Empire, Belfast