Five shoegazers on a mission to find some melodies in a glorious sea of shitty feedback, September Girls are the noise act to follow, making the kind of No Age ruckus that actually has light (or pop songs) at the end of the tunnel. Their new 12", 'Veneer', boasts four well-doused tunes, each performed by a different member of the outfit.
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September Girls make the sort of music that’s difficult to dislike. It’s the same kind of propulsive noise-pop and melodic hooks that a lot of bands associated with C86 extolled, but to get anywhere these days, it’s a hard aesthetic to get right without sounding like copyists, and it’s even more difficult to stand out amongst the current abundance of indie pop revivalists.
Their debut ‘Cursing The Sea’ saw them fit nicely, albeit predictably, into the jangle pop mould of yesteryear. This band aren’t making anything innovative, but they do what they do extremely well, with a range of influences – from gothic to uncompromising rock ‘n’ roll -- being palpable and channelled deftly.
And it’s their gothic tendencies that are heightened here. While ‘Cursing The Sea’ demonstrated a proneness for '60's girl group harmonies and melodies more akin to the sunnier side of C86, ‘Veneer’ is its darker counterpart; sweetly sinister vocals predominate, while the instrumental sections recall something that wouldn't sound out of place on The Horrors' 'Strange House'.
They’ve strayed a little from the lo-fo, breezy pop that made their debut so triumphant, replacing it with a heavier, more traditional rock sound, though the fuzz and distortion is all present and correct. More jangle please.
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