“I was 100% better on guitar when I was 15. Technically, I’m a much worse guitarist now – but I’m a better songwriter”: Meet Sprints, the Irish garage rockers cranking Boss Katanas in stadiums

Sprints' Karla Chubb
(Image credit: Fern Rose)

Dubbed ‘Dublin’s next no-fucks-given guitar heroes’ by NME, Sprints join the ranks of notable acts coming out of Ireland right now – from Pillow Queens to post-punk staples Fontaines D.C – who are dragging the scene out of ramshackle Temple Bars and onto the global stage.

Sprints’ debut single The Cheek won early support from BBC broadcasting buff Steve Lamacq, and the group rounded off a mighty 2022 supporting British stalwarts Suede. Their first full-length, Letter To Self, channels the visceral live energy they’ve become known for, from the whipsmart A Wreck (A Mess) to the doomy swell of Cathedral.

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Cheri Amour

Cheri Amour is a writer, editor and broadcaster intent on amplifying the voices of women and non-binary artists in print, online and on air. During her twenties, she played lead guitar in a touring two-piece, sharing the stage with The Slits and John Peel-approved punks The Nightingales. Formerly Deputy Editor at TGA Magazine, Cheri headed up its Tech section pouring over pedals with everyone to indie icon Debbie Smith (Echobelly/Curve) to multi-instrumentalist Katie Harkin (Sleater Kinney/Waxahatchee/Wye Oak). She's currently working on an upcoming 33 1/3 book on the unassuming influence of South Bronx sister troupe ESG, out in Spring 2023.