SPRINTS & bdrmm are two of the hottest tickets in the UK’s newest crop of guitar slingers and we’re excited to bring them together for what will be a truly memorable show!
Raw and raucous, SPRINTS are a post-punk four-piece from Dublin. They combine guitar-driven hooks, motoric rhythm and emotive lyricism to create a unique sound that pulls from garage, grunge, punk and beyond.
SPRINTS formed in late 2019 but have quickly been championed by the likes of BBC Radio 6, Radio 1, DIY, Clash Magazine, Nialler9 and Hot Press Magazine.
Driven by experience, tough political climates and social and economic uncertainty – their music is honest, often politically charged and authentic.
“SPRINTS may be the latest to emerge from Dublin’s fertile stable of guitar-wielding new
heroes, but their two-fingers-up, no-nonsense rattle’n’ roll arrives as the natural heir to Amyl
and the Sniffers’ grot punk – DIY Magazine
Hull/Leeds based five-piece bdrmm release their much anticipated debut Bedroom on July 3, 2020 via Sonic Cathedral. The 10-track album was recorded late last year at The Nave studio in Leeds by Alex Greaves (Working Mens Club, Bo Ningen) and mastered in Brooklyn by Heba Kadry (Slowdive, Beach House).
It’s a hugely accomplished debut and a real step up both sonically and lyrically from their early singles, which were rounded up on last year’s If Not, When? EP. Musically, there are nods to The Cure’s Disintegration, Deerhunter and DIIV, while the band reference RIDE and Radiohead.
There are also echoes of krautrock and post-punk, from The Chameleons to Protomartyr, plus the proto-shoegaze of the
Pale Saints’ The Comforts Of Madness, not least in the cross-fading of some tracks, meaning the album is an almost seamless listen.
As a result, Bedroom becomes an unexpected and unintentional concept album, running through the different stages of a break-up set against the backdrop of the ups and downs of your early twenties. “The subject matter spans mental health, alcohol abuse, unplanned pregnancy, drugs… basically every cliché topic that you could think of,” reveals frontman Ryan Smith. “But that doesn’t mean they ever stop being relevant. It’s a fucker growing up, but I’m lucky enough to have been able to project my feelings in the form of this band, surrounded by four of the best people I’ve ever met.”
And that band name, in case it needs explaining, is pronounced the same way as the album title. “I never thought I’d get to the stage where I would have to explain it so much,” says Ryan. “We have been pronounced as Boredom, Bdum and my old boss actually thought we were a ska band called Bad Riddim. We’re all sarcastic cunts, so Bedroom spelt correctly seemed like the perfect title.”
He’s right. The perfect title for the perfect debut album.