‘Bashed, Beaten And Broken (Trip The Switch)’ is the latest in a prolific run of 7’’ singles by ambiguous DIY Leeds band Girl One And The Grease Guns. The A side is an eerie, new wave, synth goth/pop track with adorable drum machine rhythms. The B side is more of a lo-fi, X Ray Spex homage about being made of plastic.

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Bashed, Beaten And Broken (Trip The Switch) by Girl One And The Grease Guns
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8/10 Mike 13 August 2014

Two quite different songs here on the latest 7" from Girl One and the Grease Guns - number five in what feels like about a year. On side A the "mysterious" Leeds bunch drop 'Bashed, Beaten and Broken (Trip the Switch)' which is a chilly bit of synthpop with ominous lyrics about violence and sirens that sonically owes a debt to the Human League and gothy '80s minimal wave type stuff. It's good though, simple and understated with some nice buzzy synths and rinky-dink drum machine sounds.

Over on the other side is 'Made out of Perspex' which is a bit more upbeat than the chilly A-side, like a robotic version of 'Alternative Ulster' with lyrics about being plastic that really remind me of a more bored-sounding X-Ray Spex. This one sounds more like the "single" than the A side really. Both decent songs, though. Are they going to do an album at some point or is it just going to be singles all the way?


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