SPRINTS X M(H)AOL X THUS LOVE

We’re made up to be hosting this show as part of Independent Venue Week 2023, bringing three supremely talented groups to our stage for the kind of exhilarating live show that is the essence of IVW. The ‘On Rotation’ tour means that the three artists will be sharing headline duties throughout the dates on the tour.

THUS LOVE are a trio from Battleboro, Vermont, whose debut album Memorial (Captured Tracks) is a celebration of their bond as much as their retro-futuristic aesthetic. It’s indie with a flash of Marr-esque guitars; post-punk with the strut of 80s New Wave. DIY is an ethos that reflects not only their musical vision but their very existence as three self-identifying trans artists.

Sprints are from Dublin, one of the many noisy DIY acts to have emerged from Dublin’s fertile garage rock scene in recent years. But there’s a special buzz around this quartet, which is closely linked to vocalist Karla Chubb’s sardonic, gut-punch lyricism. “Screw-you power, relentless motorik rhythms and impressively large choruses,” said The Guardian about latest EP A Modern Job (Nice Swan Records).

M(h)aol are firm Future Yard favourites. They were part of our fabric even before playing on our stage as part of our annual Future Now weekender in August 2022, where they delivered the set of the weekend. But it’s not just us who are fans of the Dubliners’ bass-driven punk scree. “A rumbling cacophony of post-punk noise designed to dismantle the misconception that gender is binary,” said Get In Her Ears about 2020’s Gender Studies EP (Tulle Records).