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(formerly Girl Band)

Announce new album “Most Normal”

Released on October 7th, 2022 on Rough Trade Records

watch video for new track “Eight Fivers”

Gilla band are pleased to announce their new album “Most Normal” to be released on Rough Trade Records on October 7th, 2022. This is the bands third album; 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. You can pre-order the album here

First single “Eight Fivers” announces itself in that typical Gilla Band way where the lyrics often feel abstracted from the music. Dara’s voice is two opposing forces at once: it’s the melodic cry yearning and dancing over the driving beat. In some ways it’s the album’s most memorable track for how instant it sounds and simple it feels, however, its idiosyncratic enough to create its own peculiar feel. Of the track Dara says “Eight Fivers is about 40 quid. It’s about being out of touch with modern circumstances while feeling socially limited. Never fitting in and kind of proud of it. Stuck with what I have and happy for it. Being grateful and not fashionable, self-conscious and too aware of what is lacking. Accepting that jealousy played a big role in my life but trying not to feed into it.” 

For their first album as Gilla Band, the foursome has redrawn their own paradigm. Most Normal is like little you’ve heard before, a kaleidoscopic spectrum of noise put in service of broken pop songs, FX-strafed Avant-punk rollercoaster rides and passages of futurist dancefloor nihilism.

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

Artwork by David Meaney

Album Track- listing

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
12.Post Ryan

Tour Dates below

16/07/2022                     Puch Open Air, Jetzendorf
18/07/2022                     Boomtown, Gent
29/07/2022                    All Together Now Festival, Waterford
06/08/2022                     Absolutely Free Festival, Genk
11/08/2022 –13/08/2022    Haldern Pop Festival, Haldern
09/09/2022                    Misty Fields Festival, Asten Heusden
17/09/2022                    Wide Eyed Festival, Leicester
15/10/2022                    Future Days Festival, Birmingham
16/10/2022                    Trinity, Bristol
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

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