Bad Happenings by Girl Sweat

Who needs garage-rock when you can have garage-noise? If it’s messy, blasted-out fun-time vibes you want, go straight for Girl Sweat, who utilises a lap steel, some synths and drum machines, and some howled / hollered vocals, all squeezed through stacks of distortion and echo. Bad Happenings is the debut full-length, and it’s out on Box Records.

Vinyl LP £14.49 BOXREC020LP

180g vinyl LP on Box Records.

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Bad Happenings by Girl Sweat
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7/10 Robin 09 June 2016

Girl Sweat. This band do the garage noise thing with distorted psychedelic riffs buried deep in their sound’s abyss, while they growl, grumble and pontificate above the swampy rhythm section keeping up appearances. ‘Bad Happenings’ is basically a garage rock album happening very far away -- like, from inside a building you’re hanging out next to. It’s fucking loud, but at a reasonable distance.

This record is a mess, don’t you know. Some of it feels involving for its sheer simplicity, such as the table-tennis bassline of “Gasoline Breeze”, but those moments are mostly launchpads for a whole lot of screaming and noise-making, as if Les Razilles Denudes’ jams had been compartmentalised into hyper-speed radio edits. “Human Glue” brings things to a formless halt with the same distorted wah ultimately covering up anything that once established a song -- it proves that the band work best at quick speeds with an easily traceable programmed beat. Give them a minute and a handful of seconds, and they’ll do alright.



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