When you blend garage rock and punk-rock you get what the girls in this band call ‘First Wave Gurrlcore’- apparently. Gurr have taken influences from the music scenes in both Berlin and the West Coast of the US to give us a debut album entitled In My Head, and it's full of kaleidoscopic rock. Available on CD and vinyl LP.
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Sparse and at the basics of post-punk, Gurr go straight to the source and come back with something that sounds halfway between a real good time and an ominous minor hint of goth rock of old. “Breathless” is the most simple introduction to a band you could hope for, coasting along a seamless bass line towards its happy ending -- but with its Cure-esque guitar line and brighter outward inflections, “1985” seems to contradict it, offering a more subliminal sound that feels like it’s just about coming from a few different places.
Gurr really take the Being A Duo of it all to you, reminding you who this sparse sound is coming from with slapdash vocal harmonies that loosen up their fairly repetitive song structures, recalling tight post-punk bands if they were being heckled by sloppy proper punks. A lot of these tracks feel like rehearsal pieces, the way they’re recorded, both in terms of the empty space they’re afforded and the feral way they often come across -- “Klartraum” moves from its impatiently jagged slow pace to a breezy chord race, while its bass line just comes in and out of relevance as if the band haven’t quite decided where to end things.
It’s good stuff and it feels spontaneous without sacrificing the things that are crucial to it, which are basically good chord progressions ‘n’ nice lines. At times it’s a pure burst of joy -- “Computer Love” feels like a theme tune. Punk is the best theme tune.
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