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REVIEW: "manifesto," the newest track from dublin post-punk four-piece, sprints


There's no denying that dozens, if not hundreds, of overwhelmingly talented bands go undetected daily. You've got to be doing something especially unique to get paid attention to. In walk Sprints - without a doubt one of the most exciting new acts out of Ireland right now - which, as a whole, seems to be experiencing a post-punk renaissance of sorts.


Their newest single, "Manifesto," is just that. Not to pull an "as a woman" but, as a woman, hearing another woman shout, self-assuredly, "I don't need nobody to tell me what to do, and I don't need nobody to tell me what to say" makes me feel so empowered I can hardly handle it. It makes me feel emotional and, more specifically, it makes me feel angry, but in a productive way.


On the single, vocalist Karla Chubb (who's also responsible for its songwriting), said, “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.“


Sprints are one of my favorite smaller bands right now, and I can already tell how timeless their tunes are going to be. "Manifesto" can be streamed wherever you listen to music, and the band can be found on Instagram and Twitter!

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