9 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dense, uncompromising and utterly thrilling, this debut album is an explosive introduction to four (decidedly male) Dubliners who bring an unflinching post-rock eye and a crackle of dark wit to frontman Dara Kiely’s personal experiences with anxiety and depression. “In Plastic” sees Kiely, in his distinctive shamanic drawl, thrashing amid a maelstrom of swirling guitars while “Baloo” is an energetic showcase for their industrial dance influences. But it's “Paul”–with its rumbling surf licks and pogoing beat–that's probably the most potent reminder that, goofy moniker aside, Girl Band should be taken very seriously.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dense, uncompromising and utterly thrilling, this debut album is an explosive introduction to four (decidedly male) Dubliners who bring an unflinching post-rock eye and a crackle of dark wit to frontman Dara Kiely’s personal experiences with anxiety and depression. “In Plastic” sees Kiely, in his distinctive shamanic drawl, thrashing amid a maelstrom of swirling guitars while “Baloo” is an energetic showcase for their industrial dance influences. But it's “Paul”–with its rumbling surf licks and pogoing beat–that's probably the most potent reminder that, goofy moniker aside, Girl Band should be taken very seriously.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
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BigT

Excellent Debut! Heavy stuff.

Girl Band, a quartet from Dublin, have been wowing me over the past year through various singles and EPs. They deliver an intense, terse brand of noise rock that had no trouble keeping my attention. Could Girl Band pull off the same level of intensity and urgency over the course of a full-length album?
The answer is yes. Hell yes.
Holding Hands with Jamie is a stunning debut. It is all snarls and wailing vocals from frontman Dara Kiely, bubbling, and bouncing bass of Daniel Fox, pounding beats by Adam Faulkner and guitarist Alan Duggan delivers some of the most awful/beautiful guitar sounds I have ever heard.
I must admit, Girl Band’s sound can be off-putting to some; it is that jarring and uncompromising. Kind of like Wire meets Joy Division with blasts of My Bloody Valentine distortion and a lot of hardcore rage. However, there is some kind dangerous beauty lurking in all that noise. Something catchy this way comes. Exciting and more importantly, vital.

BER70.3

Some Flaws

This album overall is very good, with songs like "Paul, Pears for Luch, and In Plastic" Sticking out. But this kind of garage rock is made only for a certain type of people, for example. If you like the Pixies, (not just where is my mind, but the true pixies) Then most likely, you'll like it, but if you like beautifuly ocestrated songs with beautiful acoustic tabs (Oasis, Pink Floyd) Then stay FAR from this album. This album uses alot of white noise, and murmuring or yelling (not screaming) in the songs. It gives it a bit of a punk rock feel. To sum it up this album is a turn ON, or OFF for any rock fan. This album does sound bad in someways though, for example the opening track. But this album is overall up to you if it's good.

Droceankiddd

WOW

This band is an amalgamation of everything that’s missing from loud rock. A legit DIY band that sounds like Incesticide era Nirvana, a little Pixies, and noisy like Arab on Radar. It’s like if METZ was actually creative, dynamic, and good.

About Girl Band

Formed in Dublin in late 2011, noisy indie rock quartet Girl Band's debut single "In My Head" quickly caused a stir in the blogosphere, appearing as a free download in April 2012. With influences ranging from Nirvana to Queens of the Stone Age to mclusky, the four-piece of Dara Kiely (vocals), Alan Duggan (guitar), Daniel Fox (bass), and Adam Faulkner (drums) went about playing shows around Ireland and making an EP. Recorded live and produced by the band, France 98 was available on a limited run of 300 12" vinyl through Any Other City and included the infectious groove of "You're a Dog." Following this, Girl Band recorded a cover of techno artist Blawan's "Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?," which furthered their reputation and expanded their fan base, setting them up for a handful of U.K. live dates in April 2013. A few limited 7" singles appeared on Any Other City in 2014. Tracks from these singles, as well as their Blawan cover, were given wider release in 2015 on The Early Years, the group's debut EP for Rough Trade (which ironically did not include any material from the band's earliest releases from 2012). Holding Hands with Jamie, Girl Band's self-produced debut album, landed on Rough Trade in September of 2015. ~ Daniel Clancy

ORIGIN
Dublin, Ireland
FORMED
2011

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