Girl Band announce that, with immediate effect, they will be changing their name to Gilla Band;
“We are changing our band name. We will no longer be performing or releasing records under the name Girl Band. We apologise for choosing a misgendered name in the first place and to anyone who has been hurt or affected by it. When we were starting off it was chosen without much thought, from a place of naivety and ignorance. We had no grasp of the weight of it at the time and in the past few years have found it impossible to justify or explain this choice. Regardless of our intention the effect of the name has been damaging to individuals. To try and negate any unfortunate role we’ve played in propagating a culture of non-inclusivity in music or otherwise, we have decided to change it. Thank you to those who spoke up about it and educated us on this, either directly or indirectly. Moving forward we will be performing and releasing records under the name Gilla Band. Gilla being a given name taken from Old Irish”.
Gilla Band will be playing a residency at Whelan’s, Dublin across three weekends in January 2022, where they’ll be performing new music. Tickets will go on pre-sale to mailing list subscribers on Wednesday 17th November at 10am and will be on general sale on Thursday 18th November from 10am. They will play a sold out NYE show at Dolans in Limerick on Dec 31st 2021.
They will also be supporting IDLES on their February 2022 European Tour.
Forthcoming Tour Dates:
31st Dec 2021 – Dolans NYE Show, Limerick – SOLD OUT
14th Jan 2022 – Whelans, Dublin
21st Jan 2022 Whelans, Dublin
29th Jan 2022 Whelans, Dublin
The band burst onto the scene in 2015 with their debut album Holding Hands with Jamie, stunning audiences with their furious, confrontational, visceral noise and singer Dara Kiely’s cleverly meandering screeds. The record won universal acclaim from outlets such as NPR, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NME, SPIN, Mojo, Irish Times, The Guardian and many more. Following a two-year hiatus, the group came together in late 2018 to record their follow-up, The Talkies, at Ballintubbert House, a stately manor on the outskirts of Dublin. The Talkies was released in Sept 2019, again to huge acclaim leading Billboard to comment,“A sophomore album as raucous, pile-driving, Dadaist and primal as we’ve come to expect from the Dublin outfit”, and NME to write,“They’ve outdone themselves this time”. September 2020 saw the release of a blistering live album,‘ At Vicar Street’.
Gilla Band are Dara Kiely (vocals), Daniel Fox (bass), Adam Faulkner (drums), Alan Duggan (guitar)
Photo by Steve Gullick