Irish rock music has a brand new starlet to get excited about in the form of emerging Dublin quartet Sick Love. The band are unleashing their intoxicating rock sound this side of the pond with a style they describe as “energetic, ballsy and unapologetic” accompanied by a “fiery, brassy rock and roll show that’s jam-packed with energy” – which gives us plenty to get excited about.
Sick Love, led by frontwoman Rebecca Geary alongside Conor McLoughlin, Sean O’Connor and Cormac O’Neill, started out as Sub Motion, which they started in college. As Rebecca tells us: “We gigged endlessly, went through different line-ups, went through the lowest lows and the highest highs together in music and that really helped us to gel together as a band. Eventually last year, we decided it was time to give it a new lease of life with the new name and really go for it head first. So far it’s been an incredible journey.”
Their delicious latest single Soccer Mom gives us a taste of their punk-fuelled energetic rock. It opens up with edgy guitars over pounding drums then a big smash of lively guitars and cymbals feed into a verse led by Rebecca’s almost shouted vocals “I don’t wanna be a soldier, And I don’t wanna get older, All my friends wanna make a dead end but I don’t wanna die and roll over, And I don’t wanna be a mother, With a shitty witty van in the suburbs, With a kid, with a kid and you know what you did, But I don’t wanna live like a sucker.”
That gives way to a mass of “Na na na na” vocals” then a heavier second verse of “I don’t wanna be a teacher, Do I look like a motherfucking preacher, With the chick in the back with a bottle of Jack, You can call but you ain’t gonna reach her.” The vocals intensify then a cheeky little guitar solo feeds into more of the “Na na na na” vocals as the track comes to an energetic ending. Check it out below:
On the track, Rebecca told us: “It’s been getting some great feedback both in Ireland and the UK – the reaction has been very exciting. It’s one of our favourite songs to play live and that’s where the reactions have been the strongest, with the crowds chanting along with us. For anyone that hasn’t heard it, it’s your classic three-minute punk banger, but definitely something you can bop and sing along to.”
Previous track Are You Ready is equally good, opening up with big high-pitched guitars then dropping into a verse of Rebecca’s vocals supported by palm-muted guitars that build as her vocals increase in intensity. That explodes into another hit of guitars alongside big shouts of “Hey hey” then drops into another building verse. Check it out below:
Rebecca tells us the band’s sound has been described as “the Yeah Yeah Yeahs going full-on garage rock,” which is a pretty apt assessment of their energetic rocky sound. They draw inspiration from the likes of Bikini Kill, Blondie, The Kills, Dorothy and Queens of the Stone Age, as well as pop influences like Ariana Grande and Haim through to hip-hop like Kanye West and Cardi B.“
And on what inspires them to write music, Rebecca adds: “There are so many different things we could be inspired by, musically we always feel most creative when we’re all jamming in the room together and bouncing ideas back and forth. It’s a very collaborative and communal experience. Lyrically, a lot of the songs are about self-expression, female empowerment, anti-establishment, politics, sexuality, relationships, mental health. It can really go anywhere depending on what the mood is at the time.”
There’s plenty of opportunities to see Sick Love in the UK and in Ireland this year, including playing Cursus Cider & Music Festival in Salisbury on 24 May then Camden Rocks Festival on 1 June. They’ve also told us to expect new music soon and they’ll be heading into the studio soon – so there’s plenty more to come from this exciting new band. More info on their upcoming gigs is here.