The Dublin four piece have been kicking around for more than a decade. With vocalist Dara Kiely, guitarist Alan Duggan, bassist Daniel Fox and drummer Adam Faulkner, making up the band. They have two albums under their belt, both released on the Rough Trade label: Holding Hands with Jamie (2015), and last year’s The Talkies. With a loud, tightly coiled aggressive sound, the band are literally manipulating their instruments, while Kiely howls his way though via impressionistic lyrics. Portraying themselves as ‘the least macho bunch of people you could think of’, the band’s name has also caught the imagination. Brightonsfinest Jeff Hemmings caught up with Dara Kiely, chatting about the importance of noise, Leonard Cohen, and how he became a singer.
It’s episode 2 of the Brightonsfinest Radio Show and presenter Jeff Hemmings has with him a tantalising treat of the best new tracks from the past month; including Feet, Bombay Bicycle Club, Girl Band, Sampa The Great and Bat For Lashes. Plus a brilliant interview with the fantastic Isle Of Wight creatives, Plastic Mermaids.
One day I want to be able to create a historical map of London’s venues by documenting the cultural history of each building. The Scala in London is no anomaly to this – it once hosted the only UK show performed by Iggy & The Stooges back in 1972 but tonight Girl Band are to headline. Holding Hands With Jamie was released back in 2015 and for various personal issues, the band have struggled to tour it properly until now. It was featured in many publications’ album of the year lists this time last year and rightfully so. The perishing mix of The Fall, Metz and A Place to Bury Strangers gifted listeners with a deafening response to anxiety and ultimately proved to have no real comparison. It was a truly original album and one that would prove to be equally as exciting live.
With The Early Years EP, their first release on Rough Trade earlier this year, Girl Band presented themselves as an extremely promising group, spewing out a sound equally indebted to contemporary strains of electronic and dance music as it was to punk and noise rock. But instead of just inserting token dance rhythms into their songs, Girl Band’s music draws upon the structures of the genre. Rather than simply moving from verse to chorus, their songs evolve, building up and breaking down in waves of increasing tension and aggression that is reminiscent of how a DJ might move a crowd to euphoria. Girl Band, however, are definitely working you over into a much more negative headspace. Despite the unearthly sounds being emitted the album was in fact recorded live, with the four-piece playing together in a room, creating a suitable claustrophobia.