Girl One And The Grease Guns are a beautiful indie-pop band who write drop-dead gorgeous pop song gems (and also weird pieces of experimentation). The Strange Little Lines That Humans Draw In The Dust compiles all the material from their seven 7”s to date on one tidy CD package. It’s an amazing collection, and a great primer for their forthcoming debut album. Released by Next Phase: Normal Records.
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Girl One and the Grease Guns are a 'mysterious' fuzzy indie pop band from the North of England. We know who they are of course as the bloke is always popping in dropping their records off. Unless he is an imposter. Maybe we need to say no more.
Anyway over the past few years they've been releasing 7"s of indie pop which is one part the Ramones, one part Tallulah Gosh and another part Suicide. They have a dark and dingy sound which layers buzzing synth lines over early Jesus and Mary Chain floor tom and snare drum beats thus fusing synth pop with pop-punk. Their sound is nailed down but they often have great songs too. Opener 'Driving Without Headlights (Once Again) and 'Jessica 6' are both insanely catchy slabs of 60's referencing indie. 'Jessica 6' in particularly sounds something like OMD meets Phil Spector. On 'The Creep Circus' they sample the music fort terrifying 70's TV show 'Picturebox' and sound rather like Broadcast as a result.
This collection compiles all their 7" singles B sides and bonus tracks running at 20 tracks long....and they have a standalone LP on its way. Busy people.
8/10 The Doc 13th January 2017
Tremendous compilation of stuff from this fab DIY band, erstwhile of the sadly defunct Squirrel Records. Despite the mysterious names (Sissy Space-Echo - brilliant!), to anyone even halfway in the know it's not hard to work out who's behind this stuff (the cover of Veronica may provide a clue), but as it says in the sleeve notes, it really doesn't matter. This CD collects together all the track from the seven 7"s the band released over a four year period and it really is very good indeed. It's basically Manhattan Love Suicides given a lovely 80s electropop makeover; there are some fantastic pop songs (Jessica 6, Shatterproof Man), some slabs of skronking noise (Bring On the Catastrophe Machines) and some gritty slices of urban noir in there too. The vocals alternate from cutesy-pie popsy to waspish from track to track and sometimes even from line to line, and the songwriting is very strong throughout. Puts me in mind of OMD, Human League, and Strawberry Switchblade, the latter of which especially is no bad thing at all. I've got most of this stuff on vinyl, but it's well worth having again on CD. Very much looking forward to a full-length from these guys, although my inner nerd has a sad feeling it may be a CD only release.....
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