Taking their time over nearly four years since their debut album Holding Hands With Jamie, Irish quartet Girl Band deliver their long-awaited second effort. The Talkies was inspired by its recording in the uniquely weird building of Ballintubbert - full of winding passages and confusing turns amid the deafening noise.
Vinyl LP £15.75 RT0065LP
Black vinyl LP on Rough Trade. Comes in a gatefold sleeve.
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CD on Rough Trade.
Limited Vinyl LP £15.99 RT0065LPE
Limited edition, indies only blue vinyl LP on Rough Trade. Comes in a gatefold sleeve.
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One easy way to give your album a sense of narrative is to make the last track some sort of reprise of the first. Comedians do this sort of thing a lot, the big finale being a callback. It makes it feel as though you’re in on something, that you have some unique relationship to what you’ve just heard.
Girl Band’s (aren’t girls, are a band) ‘The Talkies’ opens and closes with laboured breathing. First track ‘Prolix’ ramps the tension up, as the band psych themselves up for an album’s worth of noise rock. Last track ‘Ereignis’ calms us down, relaxes us. It’s feels almost considerate. Too often extreme music expects you to run before you’ve even warmed up, and though a sudden ending done well can be shocking in the best of ways, having some space to warm down does make it easier to move on with your day after a visit to ‘The Talkies’.
Everything else here builds on the template Girl Band have laid for themselves since they burst into my consciousness with their absolutely massive cover of Blawans’ ‘Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?’ Which is to say, unpredictable song structures, inexplicable guitar playing, and a singer who sounds a bit like Mark E. Smith. And it’s all pretty good! To my ear, they’re still yet to match the explosiveness of that early cover, but the combination of horrible noisy guitar playing and techno drums indisputably works. And probably will continue to.
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