Listen: Gilla Band Share Latest Single ‘Backwash’

Gilla Band have shared their latest rowdy single ‘Backwash’, in preparation for their upcoming album: Most Normal. Due for release on October 7th, via Rough Trade Records.

Aiming for their upcoming album to loosely “sound like a dream”, vocalist Dara Kiely shared that ‘Backwash’ “is one of the few tracks where the words represent a dream-like circumstance”. Being self-produced, recorded, and mixed by bassist Daniel Fox at Sonic Studios, they had room to actively trial different sounds and dabble in “heavy-handed production”. The scowling single is twisted and experimental, and feels like a frantic scramble to articulate thoughts whilst not knowing what to say. In pursuit of this, ‘Backwash’ emerges more akin to a fever dream.

The track is constantly backed by a warped wall of noise. Assembling an unsettling overtone from its introduction. Kiely’s riotous vocal slots comfortably amongst the bedlam of bouncing wonk and heavy—but steady—drums. In a captivating development, ‘Backwash’ is fried and progresses into complete distortion and static, leading us into the lunacy of its close.

Irate and persistent, ‘Backwash’ is ever-changing yet maintains its unnerving quality. It is a boisterous stream of consciousness that embraces disorder musically, vocally and lyrically.

Photo by Robert Watson

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