Very good Scottish shop Monorail put their money where their mouth is by releasing the debut LP from this Glasgow collective. Hairband (good that isn't it?) contain members of Spinning Coin and Breakfast Muff and play the sort of joyful, elastic music that you can imagine coming out of Glasgow particularly when you throw in influences such as Orange Juice, Television and Life Without Buildings.
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LP on Monorail Music. 260 copies for UK indies only.
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If you want to feel good then go to Glasgow. On my last visit - despite it raining and me getting stuck in traffic - I got such a good feeling off the place. This was, admittedly, partly to do by my attending a dog disco but still, it's just a good place for the soul. Pretty happy about things too are Hairband whose liner notes on this, their debut EP, are just a delight to read. They are so grateful for everything - almost the same attitude a dog has about life in general.
It's a perky affair of post-punk with nods to past Glasgow greats such as Orange Juice and Franz Ferdinand with sinewy guitars, scattershot rhythms and chanted vocals. I hope I don't get into trouble with the gender police for this but the main thing that strikes me about this record is its feminine quality. Ok that's to be expected with the band being an all female affair. But their take on post punk has a lovely girlishness to it that perhaps sets it apart from similar music from bands like the Slits which could be seen as aggressive and angular. Hairband are on the other hand, just lovely. Their melodies are sweet and attractive especially on 'Flying' which sounds rather like the Marine Girls channeling the Raincoats.
Their form of post punk benefits for the softer edges the band explore. It is more interested in weaving melodies together than creating something to scare people off. The band work together like a five headed creature blending melodious avant pop patterns that are wholly inclusive. It's very impressive.
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