This is the newest track from Ireland’s Gilla Band (formally Girl Band) which see the release of their newest album, Most Normal, today on Rough Trade Records. The video for “Post Ryan” was directed by Michael Speed and follows earlier singles “Backwash” and “Eight Fivers”, which were accompanied by videos directed and animated by Mortis Studios.
“Post Ryan” is Most Normal’s electrifying closer, featuring a beat ripped from Flock of Seagulls hit song ‘I Ran’. “We thought, that’s a really great, immediate pop-sounding beat, let’s start there and go somewhere else’ – to have that immediacy, and then abstract out from there,” the band say of the song’s inspiration. As “Post Ryan” begins, a pulsing beat is swallowed by amps humming like wasps and itchy, uncomfortable clangs of guitar, creating the perfect backdrop for singer Dara Kiely’s deadpan, confessional soliloquy.
Dara says of the single “Our friend Ryan turned 30 during lockdown and we were asked by his mates to make a track for his birthday. We wrote and recorded ‘Happy Birthday Ryan’ (a hair metal attempt penned by our secret Hard Rock alias, The Whisky Guns). Right after that we came up with the bones of what is now known as Post Ryan. This probably took the longest time out of all the tracks. The words of the track were originally really silly. There’s was a line about wearing Christmas socks all year round. Stupid stuff. It didn’t really fit the tone. After messing around with the Electro Lobotomy and getting the second half of it figured out, I improvised a melody over it. The lads wanted me to get out of my comfort zone and write something really direct. This was the exact opposite of the approach we had for our last album, The Talkies. Felt very naked. I had to leave the room when I showed them my demo of the new vocals.”