Hard Girls’ name is a respectful yet cheeky reference to Robyn Hitchcock and Kimberley Rew’s Soft Boys, who the band cite as an influence. Known for their brooding post punk, their knack for melody has been likened to the abilities of Sebadoh’s Lou Barlow or Guided By Voices main man, Robert Pollard. Like Sebadoh, the band have two main songwriters, Mike Huguenor and Morgan Herrell, whose styles differ. Floating Now, however, cohesively explores morality, facing fears and doubt, influenced by their changing hometown of San Jose, California, a place where Google will soon call home.
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Hard Girls are this week’s emos in residency, a bunch of gruff orgcore boys who’ve toured their pop-punk all over the place, as if the world was just one big expansion pack for Gainesville’s The Fest. They shout through the chug, they shout through the riffs, they shout through other shouts… ‘Floating Now’ is on the rougher side of their genre and cares a lil’ less about sweet melodic let ups.
Alongside the pop-punk chord progressions and spittin’ ‘tude, the hooks suggest the blockier side of your favie classic indie rock bands, more Guided by Voices and Dino. Jr (both namechecked as influences) than anything else; coupled with a love of hooks straight out of a Jawbreaker textbook of yelping, their record is almost relentlessly catchy and all the better for never taking a moment off. Fans of Meat Wave and the like -- hop in.
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