Gilla Band Announce New Album & Tour Dates

July 13, 2022

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 band’s 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 preorder 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. On 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.

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

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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