Sprints: “I’ve always wanted our music to matter and say something”

A change of pace to the majority of the record in more ways than one, the Shadow Of A Doubt vocals were recorded in just three takes for the purest, most emotive performance possible, as Karla explores her battles with depression and the resulting isolation that can lead to suicidal thoughts.

“It’s about feeling trapped and crying for help, and people not seeing it or understanding it,” says Karla. “I went through a really dark time in my 20s and I didn’t see a way out. I didn’t want to live this life; I couldn’t grasp the idea that we’d all have to wake up, work, go home, and that’s the extent of the human existence and I can’t do anything about it – all I get is 20 days of annual leave a year, working a job I don’t enjoy.

“I struggled so much with my sexuality, and even admitting to myself that I wanted to be a musician because it was such a far-fetched thing to ever believe. It took me a long time to accept it. It’s a very honest account of crying for help, either literally or thinking I was and people not even noticing.”

Despite the initial fears of releasing the track, it was producer Dan that encouraged Karla to put it out into the world, explaining, ‘This song is so brutal and honest, it’s a song someone could hear and save their life.’

“If I’m going to be this honest person I can’t be a chickenshit about it,” Karla considers with a grin. “It’s about putting out music that matters and we’ve always wanted to do that. I’ve always wanted our music to matter and say something. It’s not about me any more, if it can connect with other people.”

And as the band currently trek their way across North America before a completely sold-out UK run, and slots at festivals like Bearded Theory and Live At Leeds, ahead of their biggest headline shows yet this November, there’s a lot of people to connect with. After five years of toiling away, it’s finally happening for Sprints. But where does it go next?

“We’ve all quit our 9-5,” says Karla, with a sense of pride. “I think it’s just this now: keep putting albums out and keep playing. We always wanted to be musicians and we have the opportunity to do that now, so we owe it to ourselves to give it everything we have.

“It couldn’t have gone better, the debut; we’ve made a solid statement and introduced ourselves to the world, and now we have the opportunity to keep doing that. All I want to do is make music, so I’m not going to to let it slip.”

Letter To Self is out now via City Slang. Sprints tour the UK and Ireland throughout the year – get your tickets now

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