Frustrations Boil Over on New Sprints Single “Little Fix”

Photo credit: Ste Murray

By Ellen Pentony

Sprints are back with another noisy banger. Taken from their upcoming EP A Modern Job, their latest single “Little Fix” is a thumping rant, taking aim at a world that continues to look the other way. 

Like on previous singles “Swimming” and “The Cheek,” lead singer Karla Chubb doesn’t hold back, delivering blunt truths about misogyny in the music industry with biting, rapid ferocity: “So tell me doctor / how do you fix / a problem they don’t seem to think really exists.”

Chubb notes that the track is inspired by her experience of “insecurities, imposter syndrome and gender stereotypes….the, sometimes, self applied pressure that as a woman in music I can’t just be good, I have to be great.”  

Sprints have an exciting 2022 ahead. They’re playing the prestigious SXSW in March, while their new EP A Modern Job is out via Nice Swan Records on March 22.

Listen to “Little Fix” below and pre-order A Modern Job here.

Pride Profiles: Sprints

Photo by Conor O’Beirne

To celebrate Pride, we’ll be highlighting a different Irish artist from the LGBTQIA+ community each day in June as part of our Pride Profiles series.

By Ellen Pentony

Listen If You Like

Girl Band, LCD Soundsystem, PUP, Porridge Radio 

Who They Are

Sprints are a four piece indie-noise band from Dublin. Using a vocal style reminiscent of LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, frontwoman Karla Chubb talk-sings her way through issues affecting contemporary Ireland. 

“Manifesto” and “Swimming” pulsate with satirical energy as layers of guitar, bass, and thumping drums combine to capture the frustrated, angry spirit of Irish millennials faced with economic and social uncertainty. On “The Cheek” and “Ashley,” though, Chubb brings her queer identity to the fore, exploring turbulent relationships and the bisexual experience. Direct and deliberate, Sprints speak keenly to life as a young person in Ireland. 

Our Recs for Bandcamp Friday

Illustration by Shannon Foy

By Ellen Pentony

Looking for a new cool t-shirt to show off to your mates next time you meet them outside two metres apart?? Or a vinyl to play when you’ve bailed because it’s raining outside and you’ve forgotten how to socialise? Want to help out your favourite artists in the process? Well today is your lucky day, because we here at Nameless Faceless have a long list of merch and music you can get as part of Bandcamp Friday.

Since March 2020, Bandcamp have waived their revenue fees every first Friday of the month – meaning that everything you pay goes directly to the artist. Given how little revenue streaming services provide, this is a unique opportunity to give back to the artists that you love. 

Whether it’s a t-shirt, vinyl, or even a digital album – every little bit helps.

Vinyl & Tees

Bitch Falcon

Grunge-rock trio Bitch Falcon have a wide range of merch available to buy including their Choice Music Prize-nominated album Staring at Clocks in a blue, black, or clear vinyl.

You can also get this wavy tee designed by front-woman Lizzie Fitzpatrick.

Gemma Dunleavy

Dublin icon Gemma Dunleavy has “up de flats” t-shirts and masks available to buy on her bandcamp.

While the physical copy is sold out, you can buy the digital version of her acclaimed EP for only 5 quid. 


Vulnerable, intense and honest, Constance Keane, who performs as Fears, released her stunning debut album today. It’s available to buy on vinyl from Bandcamp as well as this very cool long sleeve t-shirt.

Both record sleeve and t-shirt feature the iconic tulle dress that Keane designs herself.


Indie-grunge trio HAVVK are set to release their next album this year. In the meantime, you can get an exclusive Bandcamp Friday bundle offer that includes their debut album Cause & Effect and this slick monochrome tee.

Soda Blonde

Alternative-rock group Soda Blonde release their debut album Small Talk on June 9th. You can pre-order the yellow vinyl now. 

Maija Sofia

This green and white marble vinyl of Maija Sofia’s gorgeous debut album Bath Time is available as a limited edition, with only 300 copies pressed. 

You can also get this Helium and Hydrogen tote bag.


SPRINTS released their Manifesto EP last month and while the vinyl has completely sold out, you can get these t-shirts designed by Tara Lehmann.

There is also a limited edition signed zine documenting the creation of the EP which includes personal notes, scans of original lyric sheets, and personal photos.

Wyvern Lingo

The Wicklow trio have lots to choose from on their Bandcamp. Their latest album Awake You Lie is available on vinyl.

There’s also a limited edition t-shirt featuring Liing Heaney’s artwork for “Dont Say It.”

Wee Bits

Aby Coulibaly – “Long Nights” – Digital Track

AE Mak – Class Exercises – Digital Album

KK Lewis – “Loop Now” – Stickers

Kynsy – “Things That Don’t Exist” – Digital Album

Patty & Selma – “Girlboss Gaslight Gatekeep” – Digital Track

Powpig – Buzz Buzz – Digital Album

Jack Rua and Saint Taint – I Don’t Party Enough Anymore – Digital Album

Smoothboi Ezra – “Stuck” – Digital Track 

Toygirl –  “Water” – Digital Track

March Music Roundup: Our Favourite Tunes This Month

March may have felt like another shitty notch in the COVID belt, but the one silver lining has been all of the brilliant music by Irish artists. From the RTÉ Choice Music Prize broadcast to the numerous St. Patrick’s Festival live streams, we weren’t left wanting for entertainment. A closed-set performance may not quite itch the same scratch as in-person gigs, but they’ll do for now.

Even more impressive, though, is the sheer output by musical acts that soundtrack our daily walks or dances around the kitchen. Check out some of our favourite music releases from March below, which are also on the Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page.

AE Mak — Class Exercises EP

The new EP Class Exercises by Aoife McCann, better known as AE Mak, serves as a tribute to the house-parties-that-never-were, thanks to the pandemic. McCann pushes herself on her self-produced release, heralding the start of a stranger and even more wonderful era from the avant-garde pop artist. — Clare Martin

Ailbhe Reddy ft. Sacred Animals — “City Unfolds”

Ailbhe Reddy, whose debut album Personal History received an RTÉ Choice Music Prize nomination, teamed up with Wexford native Sacred Animals on “City Unfolds” to add some moody synth pop to her folk-infused sound. Reddy conjures up the image of a lonely cityscape at night—“Oh, street’s empty / Back of a taxi / Stretching before me”— on the melancholic track. — Clare Martin

Awkward Z. — “TRAPPED”

Awkward Z.’s latest single may be called “TRAPPED,” but the South Africa-born, Wexford/Waterford-based rapper proves that his creativity is anything but stymied. Over guitar and robust trap beats, the Anomaly Collective member recalls triumphing over personal struggles: “I was trapped in a dark place / and I made it / I can’t tell you how much I spent / now I save it.” — Clare Martin

Babylamb — “Mister Magic”

If you’re hankering for some colourful bubblegum pop euphoria, look no further than Babylamb and their effervescent single “Mister Magic.” The queer four-piece—made up of Tobias Barry, Rían Stephens, Laoise Fleming, and Cian King—bring their playful attitude to this sugary, incredibly catchy tune. — Clare Martin

Clannad ft. Denise Chaila — “In A Lifetime”

Celtic pop group Clannad’s re-release of their song “In A Lifetime” featuring Denise Chaila (filling in Bono’s role from the original 1986 single) is a moving intergenerational musical effort. Over haunting harp and with Poison Glen as their atmospheric backdrop, Moya Brennan and Chaila’s voices weave a beautiful tapestry. We’re so used to Chaila’s quick-witted rapping, but “In A Lifetime” reminds us of her impressive vocal chops. — Clare Martin

DYVR — “Holding Back”

The electro-pop track is the first off DYVR’s upcoming EP Part 3 and serves as a lush, thoughtful look at “the masks we wear in order to feel like we’re part of the world,” they explain. Glittering synth propels the melody forward and the thumping beat rattles in your chest, urging you to move. — Clare Martin

Gender Chores — “Night in the Woods” 

Landlords are bastards,” shouts grunge-punk band Gender Chores on their latest single “Night in The Woods.” Drawing influence from the riot grrrl manifesto, the Co. Down group blend loud guitars, hard-hitting drums and direct lyrics to bring awareness to socio-political issues. The track nails that familiar feeling of not being able to afford rent in an accommodation market designed to exploit: “For 1000 a month / you could live in this shoebox.’’  — Ellen Pentony

HAVVK — “No Patience”

Led by frontperson Julie Hawk, HAVVK return with the second single from their upcoming album Levelling. No stranger to political and social themes (“Always the Same,” “Glass,” and “Once Told”), the grunge-rock trio’s song “No Patience” is more introspective and personal. — Ellen Pentony

Lenii — “Straitjacket”

Lenii’s dark, heady pop single “Straitjacket” is both hypnotic and unsettling, with the melody on the chorus careening off the tracks. “Zip me up just to shut me down / Too loud so you shut my mouth,” the Cork artist sings in her high, crystal-clear voice, recalling how society often treats those who dare to break the mould. — Clare Martin

Maria Somerville — “Seabird”

For those of us who aren’t lucky enough to have the sea within 5km, Galway artist Maria Somerville has you covered with her atmospheric cover of Air Miami’s “Seabird.” Just put on your headphones, close your eyes, and drift off on imaginary waves as Somerville serenades you with her gorgeous voice.  — Clare Martin

M(h)aol — “Asking For It”

Intersectional feminist band M(h)aol—made up of Róisín Nic Ghearailt, Constance Keane, Jamie Hyland, Zoe Greenway, and Sean Nolan—tackle rape culture head-on with their powerful single “Asking For It.” All proceeds from the song will be donated to Women’s Aid. — Clare Martin

NewDad — Waves EP

NewDad—made up of Julie Dawson (vocals, guitar), Áindle O’Beirn (bass), Sean O’Dowd (guitar), Fiachra Parslow (drums)—weave together Waves shoegaze-tinged tracks with hazy guitar and drums that oscillate between laid-back and stirring. Their dreamy slacker rock has arrived just in time as we’re getting that grand stretch in the evening. — Clare Martin

Pat Lagoon — “Put It Away”

Snappy drum machine and pensive guitar open up Waterford artist Pat Lagoon’s latest single “Put It Away.” The rapper and singer gets vulnerable on the track, opening up about his own self-doubts and the self-destructive desire to compare himself to others with lines like, “I’m just surfing a wave / Don’t know if I’m paving a way / I got some friends that are local / Got some feens going global.” — Clare Martin

Susie Blue — Boys Boys Boys EP 

Derry native Susie Blue mixes dream-pop with grit and emotion on the EP Boys Boys Boys. This is the first release to be self-produced by Blue, working alongside Jonny Woods from alt-rock Belfast band Wynona Bleach. The result is a crossover between SOAK, CHVRCHES and Ailbhe Reddy. Boys Boys Boys is packed with thick synth, layers of guitar, electro-drums, and a lot of proud queer yearning. “May God Forgive You” and “Pretender” are particular stand-outs.  — Ellen Pentony

Saint Sister — “Karaoke Song”

Saint Sister (Morgana MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty) have released their poppiest single yet, “Karaoke Song,” inspired by a night out two years ago when the pair celebrated MacIntyre’s birthday by singing Tom Jones’ “Sex Bomb” in a Parnell Street karaoke bar. The track comes from their sophomore album Where I Should End, out on June 25th. — Clare Martin

Soda Blonde — “Small Talk”

“Small Talk” throbs with ‘80s-esque synths, reminiscent of other retro-inspired acts such as Tennis. O’Rourke’s voice is the real show-stopper here, though, beautifully conveying yearning and evoking the likes of Caroline Polachek. — Clare Martin

sohotsospicy and darkmavis — sodarksospicy EP

It would have been easy for Irish DJs to feel disenchanted with the closure of venues and to stop producing altogether, but sohotsospicy and darkmavis have delivered a body of work that makes one hopeful for the state of the Irish electronic scene. The insatiable beats hit off some neural groove rendered in a basement club pre-pandemic. — Doireann Ní Dhufaigh

Sprints — Manifesto EP

There’s something so familiar and authentic about the music Sprints make. Their lyrics are to-the-point, unpretentious, and accessible.  While their EP Manifesto doesn’t make explicit references to Dublin or Irish culture, Sprints offer relatable observations of what it’s like to live in the capital right now. — Ellen Pentony

Tolü Makay — “Used to Be” 

Since the release of her cover of the Saw Doctors’ N17, the Nigerian born Offaly artist has captured the heart of the nation with her rich, soulful vocals. She brings much needed diversity to the Irish singer/songwriter landscape, which has been largely dominated by white men in recent years. Her latest release “Used to Be” is a heart-breaking piano ballad about letting go of someone you once loved. — Ellen Pentony

SPRINTS Hit the Ground Running with Impactful EP ‘Manifesto’

Photo by Conor O’Beirne

By Ellen Pentony

Picture this. No, not the band. This. You’re surrounded by a bunch of sweaty people. The floor is sticky. You’re standing at the bar. “Pint of Hop House,” you shout over the booming bassline that’s making the room shake. You carry it through the crowd, trying to hold it high enough to avoid a mess. It doesn’t work. Oh well, everyone’s already drenched in their mates’ sweat anyway, what harm is a bit of beer? 

That’s what I imagine it’s like to be in the middle of a SPRINTS gig. It’s been over a year since that scenario was a reality, but listening to their debut EP Manifesto transports me right back to the upstairs of the Grand Social, Workmans, Whelans, and all the other small sweaty rooms that used to be our norm.  

SPRINTS is made up of Karla Chubb (lead singer and songwriter), Jack Callan (drums), Sam McCann (bass) and Colm O’Reilly (guitar). They’re a noisy grunge-punk band from Dublin with a lot to say. Their debut EP is filled with experiences of contemporary Ireland. 

“Drones” throws you straight in with a mix of uptempo drums and guitars heaving into overdrive. Chubb speaks rather than sings in a matter-of-fact way about the pressure to prove yourself in a world consumed with comparison: “And you’re getting better / And I’m getting bitter” 

The song ends with a massive, loud explosion of guitars as Chubb’s calm delivery breaks into a shouted refrain: ”Maybe I always wanted to be like you / Maybe you always wanted to be like me.”

“Swimming,” draws attention to the limitations of Irish society. SPRINTS point to political incompetence and the willful ignorance of those in power with the refrain, “the city is sinking, but let’s go swimming.” Chubb sings about how she’s been working full-time since she was seventeen and highlights the frustration of struggling to make ends meet in a society consumed by greed. Backed up with more pulsing guitars and hard drums, it’s a real powerhouse of a song. 

In the title track “Manifesto,” Chubb asks for faux-guidance from an oppressive society that tries to tell her what to do. You can’t help but feel the sarcasm in her voice as she pleads for someone to “come entertain me and show me what’s right.” Similarly to “Drones,” it’s loaded with screeching guitars and an absolutely banging bassline that you can feel in your soul. It’s worth noting that while SPRINTS are loud, their music is not without thought as they build up layers that work together to create a powerful, full sound that suits their impactful lyrics. 

Chubb, who has previously discussed what it’s like to be queer on ‘’The Cheek,” joins a host of LGBTQ+ voices in the Irish music scene who are doing wonders for visibility and representation.  On “Ashley,” she sings about a tricky relationship with a girl. This is definitely the most musically conventional song on the album, but that is by no means a complaint. The infectious hook is catchy as hell, as she shouts: “Why did I feel / like I was going to die for you / lie for you / wait up in the middle of the night for you.”

I can imagine a room of love-torn queer women belting it back at Chubb thinking, I FEEL SEEN. While her vocal delivery is more spoken-word on tracks like “Drones” and “Manifesto,” “Ashley” is more melodic and showcases Chubb’s vocal talent.

There’s something so familiar and authentic about the music SPRINTS make. Their lyrics are to-the-point, unpretentious, and accessible.  While the songs don’t make explicit references to Dublin or Irish culture, SPRINTS offer relatable observations of what it’s like to live in the capital right now, discussing themes from oppression (“Manifesto”), political incompetence and wealth inequality (“Swimming”), to more personal accounts of imposter syndrome (“Drones”), and relationship troubles (“Ashley”). The band have been generating buzz for a while now, and with the release of their debut EP have firmly solidified their place as one of the most exciting acts in Ireland right now. 

They have a live stream from the Grand Social coming up on March 31st as well as an Ireland and UK tour beginning in November 2021. Grab your tickets and your concert beer of choice, it’s about to get messy.