May 4, 2017




Manchester’s Sprinters share the video for their brand new track ‘Young As Me’ taken from their upcoming self titled debut LP due May 5th on vinyl & digital platforms viaIcecapades (Slowcoaches, Sex Hands, Joey Fourr etc..).

‘Young As Me’ serves as the second offering from their debut album in which they give a taste to their rich guitar sounds. The hazy visuals, which were directed by Anna FC Smith& Amy Cecilia Leigh, are set in their hometown of Wigan.

Neil Jarvis on the inspiration behind song and video: ”The song is about arrested development; being in your late twenties but still feeling like you’ve not got your head screwed on. Your supposed to act like an adult all of a sudden and start being more responsible, but still not feeling ready for that. We did the video in an old launderette in our hometown Wigan with some local artists/friends. The laundrettes been there for years and years and hasn’t changed. We were trying to channel the theme of passing time and boredom…”

The band will be playing the following shows across the UK:

May 5th – Sprinters Album Launch – The Castle, Manchester
May 12th – New Continental – Preston
May 13th – Brock N Broll, Chorley
May 19th – Museum of Wigan Life, Wigan  

May 21st – venue TBC, Liverpool 
May 27th – venue TBC, London
May 28th – Snooty Fox Club – Wakefield

Sprinters is the brain-child of Manchester based songwriter Neil Jarvis. Originally hailing from Wigan, Jarvis has been releasing music under his own name since 2012 and is a regular fixture on the Manchester music scene. After years spent playing solo, he slowly started to recruit a backing band for live shows before settling with a permanent band and forming Sprinters in late 2015. These are Jarvis himself, Jon Hodson (bass), Mark Stevenson (drums) and Jason Hughes (guitar).

Over the past two years, Sprinters have forged a reputation as one of the most thrilling live acts in the city, and have played support slots for high profile acts such as The Monochrome Set, Chastity Belt, Holy Wave and La Luz, as well as shows all over the UK under their own steam. In 2015 they released their debut single on Blak Hand Records which received critical acclaim from the likes of The Skinny, who described the single as possessing ‘the sort of hazy, warm pared down cookery of Real Estate’.

‘Sprinters’ is the band’s first studio effort, and was recorded (mostly) live in Wigan throughout 2016 with friend of the band, local engineer Ste Jones (Ex-Moco). Comprised of a selection of songs from Jarvis’s solo albums and new material, the record proved to be a labour of love, taking just under 12 months to piece together. Sprinters have emerged triumphant with a pure departure record, heavy on hooks, melodic and lyrical interplay, and a more clear and honed sound than their previous lo- fi recordings. Jarvis cites some of his major influences for the process as: The Replacements, Pavement, Neil Young, Ariel Pink and The Velvet Underground.

Neil Jarvis says of the album: “It took a lot longer than planned (just over a year). At one point it was almost the death of the band: I became very meticulous on how I wanted it to sound. It was my first time in a studio and I didn’t like not having full control of the sound. Before then I’d record at home on a 4 track which really was all I was familiar with. Things got a bit tense. We ended up re-recording lots of songs which probably didn’t even need re-doing. We then spent a good while mixing it. Luckily, the engineer Ste Jones is one the funniest people we know, and kept the vibe light with his obscene humour. We spent most of the sessions joking around and it made it much more bearable.”

Their debut LP is due on 5th May via Icecapades and available for pre-order here.


1. Weekends
2. Young As Me
3. Help
4. Good Years
5. Figure It Out
6. Last Song
7. Lloret Train
8. Don’t Care
9. What’s Done is Done
10. Shred Met
11. Shootin’ The Breeze


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