San Francisco-based pop-punk quartet Girl Band consisted of guitarist Shelley Cardiff, drummer Christa DiBiase, bassist Erica Liss (ex-MDC), and guitarist Lynda Mandolyn (of Fabulous Disaster and Inside Out), all of whom sang. The group released a self-titled album in 2007, which was poppier than many of the bands the group's members had been previously associated with, but still had a hard edge, as evidenced by their cover of the Misfits' "London Dungeon." The group's members (minus Cardiff) subsequently formed SorryEverAfter, who released an EP in 2012. ~ Paul Simpson
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 27, 2019 | Rough Trade
The world must know! Justice must be served! If Shame, Fontaines D.C. and The Murder Capital are spearheading the post-punk revival, they owe it to a more pioneering group: Girl Band. As early as 2015, with Holding Hands With Jamie, this gang of energetic Dubliners released a very radical debut album made up of very very jagged rock with a very very very post-punk essence recalling the The Fall, Liars and even The Birthday Party... Sensitive souls should abstain from the 2019 album The Talkies as well. This second album has by no means been watered down. It’s a thick wall of sound on the outside with a tortured sentiment on the inside, and uncompromising throughout. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
Alternative & Indie - Released September 25, 2015 | Rough Trade
Following several well-received singles and EPs on the obscure Any Other City label, abrasive Dublin quartet Girl Band moved to Rough Trade for the release of their full-length debut Holding Hands with Jamie, but their music has by no means become more accessible. If anything, they sound harsher than ever. Alan Duggan's steely guitars pierce and singe, heading straight for where it hurts most and attacking, and causing an instant blackout by covering everything in sheets of noise. Dara Kiely's scowling, sour vocals seem to be shouted at least three feet away from the microphone at any given time, and are prone to aggressive, off-key wailing. The album rarely lets up from its sense of menacing paranoia; "In Plastic" ends up standing out simply because of its more relaxed tempo and controlled waves of swarming guitar. As with earlier releases, the album has a couple songs that stretch out to seven or eight minutes, allowing the band to fully explore demented, off-balance grooves that hammer the listener into submission. These tracks are balanced by the furious punk thrashing of the 80-second "The Last Riddler." The lyrics seem to be preoccupied with food, but the manner in which they're delivered doesn't make them sound appetizing. Holding Hands with Jamie is reminiscent of when Wolf Eyes signed to Sub Pop; instead of making their sound more palatable for a wider audience, they only ended up sounding uglier and more grotesque. Girl Band have similarly taken advantage of their expanded recording budget in order to craft their most bracing work yet. ~ Paul Simpson
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