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.

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