The trio of Katie O'Neill, Aoife Nic Dhonncha and Darragh McCabe has been a noted presence on the Dublin punk scene for a couple of years, but the accomplishment of this debut full-length is a pleasant surprise. There’s the brash energy you’d expect from a band named after a Bikini Kill track, but powering thoughtful arrangements and a mature emotional depth. The stylistic range stretches from the girl-group rush of No Way Out to the gothy post-punk doominess of Solitary.
8/10 Robin Staff review, 15 February 2018
Art For Blind deliver yet another stellar post-punk missive via thrashy misery-guts Alien She, who match fast shred with miasmic song meltdowns for one weird, hook-heavy package. It is deceptive, what they’re doing; it lets you believe it’s one thing and then it just goes and does another. They move forward with the breakneck jangle of Wavves or Vivian Girls on “No Way Out” and then create a warped lament of resonant piano chords and ascending synth vampirism on the decidedly goth “Cover the Holes”. It’s a mixed bag, but always does it rule.
Short and immensely satisfying, this record fits niftily into the Art For Blind family tree by offering up pretty much every hue of no frills punk you could want in one go -- the hooks and the haunt go into this record of emotive and often anthemic throwback.
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