Weirdo group Girl One And The Grease Guns have set themselves a bunch of rules: anonymity, no live shows, a series of seven 7”s and no more… Exciting eh? The Shatterproof Man is bright and fun electro-pop on the A side, and dark clanking industrial ambience on the B side. Clear vinyl, with a bonus 3-track CD for early orders.
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Just look at that nice price: £3.79, and you get a bonus CD (not anymore though as we've sold out of them... sorry!). Girl One and the Grease Guns are big on concepts -- no promo photos, total anonymity, they produce songs catchy enough to provoke interest in any fan of synth pop. The lead track ‘The Shatterproof Man’ is an immediately infectious slab of synth goodness with squelchy keyboards, distracted vocals and a total air of cool. Will appeal to fans of Human League, Depeche Mode and Magnetic Fields.
Overleaf there is a home-made sound experiment which reminds me of both early Human League experiments and some of the stuff Broadcast did with the Focus Group. As it progresses a breathy vocal emerges from the murk injecting melody into the chaos -- it has a repetitive feel not unlike the Field Mice’s ‘Humblebee’. They can pop, they can experiment and there are three extra tracks on the CD. What more could you ask for?
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