Sometimes you come across an obscure band whose music completely blows you away, whose songs become instant favorites, and Dublin's noise-art post-punk quartet Girl Band is without a doubt one of those bands for me. And that includes their brand new 7" on Any Other City Records, titled De Bom Bom, which is home to two songs - "De Bom Bom" on Side A, and a cover of Beat Happening's "I Love You" on Side B.
"De Bom Bom" is a spazzed-out, grungy, noise-as-art arrangement with vocals that remind me somewhat of David Yow of The Jesus Lizard and Joe McTighe of Craw. As usual, these mad soundcrafters combine fuzz guitar, brief moments of echoey dissonance, tight and busy drumming, and strong low end that acts as a sort of connective tissue in the anatomy of each musical body. Quite simply, Girl Band's music is like a complex mathematical equation that, although brilliant, doesn't quite add up, and because of that it intrigues the hell out of you and demands listen after listen.
The De Bom Bom 7" is limited to 500 copies and appears to have sold out already. Hopefully it will be re-pressed or become available for digital download in the near future.
Incidentally, Girl Band is Dara Kiely (vocals), Alan Duggan (guitar), Daniel Fox (bass), and Adam Faulkner (drums). So...not one girl in a band called Girl Band. Still a great band name, though, even if slightly misleading.
Check out the video for "De Bom Bom" included with this review.