MARKING their first release of 2022, Gallus have shared a new single called ‘Are You Finished’ – and we’re delighted to reveal it as our Radar Track of the Week.
The band have had a remarkable year thus far, making their mark at SXSW and The Great Escape; supporting Biffy Clyro in Edinburgh; playing some of their first shows in Europe while simultaneously working away on a fresh batch of new material. On top of that, they’re all set to make a triumphant return to our very own Tenement Trail later this year – three years after that memorable and riotous display at BAaD which has since secured its place in the upper echelons of the festival’s storied history.
Out now via Marshall Records and produced by Chris Marshall and Johnny Madden, ‘Are You Finished’ is the first single to emerge after an elongated period in the studio – and since they’ve recalibrated their line-up. Blasting through its three-and-a-half-minute runtime, it’s an exhilarating listen that catapults into a storming hook of a chorus – Barry Dolan delivering his sermon over a barrage of guitars, dynamic rhythms and pop-punk influences. And just like the singles that came before it, there’s more to it than catchy hooks as the band explore feelings of inadequacy.
“Are You Finished is about feelings of self-consciousness and inadequacy,” the band explain. “The song discusses the incessant need to compare yourself to others and the harm that doing this causes. The constant asking of the question ‘Are You Finished?’ references the never-ending nature of feeling self-conscious over self-analysing and its futility as a means of self-improvement.”
Frontman Barry continues: “It’s important to express when you’re feeling inadequate. For me, it forces you to look at why you feel that way and set goals to change your outlook. The initial feeling is the first stage of feeling better.”
The track arrives with a new video which captures the band’s riotous live shows. Experience it for yourself at Tenement Trail, with tickets here.
Meanwhile, check out ‘Are You Finished’ below.
Photo by Aodhan Gallagher