Dublin band September Girls make a jittery art-rock built from ghostly vocals and atmospheric guitar playing. Age of Indignation is their second studio album and channels their interest in Irish politics and feminism into a wall of distortion and effects. Fortuna POP! release the album on CD and vinyl LP.
5/10 Clinton Staff review, 30 March 2016I’m not really sure what September Girls are doing with this second album. Their first was an entertaining squall of noisy shoegaze guitars and the kind of gritty and gruesome underground rock that belies their rather glamorous press photos. Here, the shoegaze guitars have gone and the C86 isms lost. Instead we get a sludgy, dreadfully recorded album that takes everything that was fun about the record and squashes it flat. Each track is a lengthy tune-free dirge that takes inspiration I suppose from the grimmer end of Siouxie and the Banshees back catalogue. Many bands can pull this sound off with aplomb but with September Girls this is a terrible fit. ‘Catholic Guilt’ is full of difficult, discordant melodies and stop start shifts in tempo. In order to keep interest going you need to make vocals more of a focal point. Someone such as PJ Harvey could make something so dissonant sound fascinating with a powerful vocal performance but here the vocals are a total mush amongst walls of noise that depresses rather than thrills. There are occasional moments of light such as the swirling harmonies of ‘Blue Eyes’ and the Pixies-ish intro and Kim Deal ish vocals on the title track but this really is a hard slog. Maybe this is the point. It’s an intense, claustrophobic and ugly album but I haven’t enjoyed it. At all. And I used to like them a lot.
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