Girl Band – Irish Band Of The Week

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Girl BandThere’s a handful of young Irish bands currently taking over the Irish music scene. With a combination of fierce songs and relentless touring, it’s these young musicians that will undeniably represent us on an international basis. Girl Band is certainly one of those bands.

Their debut album, Holding Hands With Jamie, was a curious affair. There’s arguably something feral about it. A combination of guttural, howling vocals, and guitars that snarl with a sort of unnatural ferocity culminates in an album that’s paradoxical. It rambles like a wounded animal, the clash of guitars is like an unfamiliar territory— if you think too hard you’ll hurt your head. But that’s the great thing about Girl Band, it’s not meant to be deeply understood, their sound is both wonderful and weird, it’s a pulsating, chest-banging punk rock with a shot of techno through the heart. They forge their own sound and simultaneously build upon the momentous rock culture that’s already present in our music scene at the moment- they’re Frankenstein and his monster all in one.

Girl Band started in Dublin back in 2011, with singer Dara Kiely backed by Alan Duggan on guitar, Daniel Fox on bass and Adam Faulkner on drums. Kiely, Duggan and Fox had been in bands together since their time in school, but Faulkner allowed them to move sideways with their sound. From thereon in they toured throughout the UK, before moving on to Europe. They became renowned for their explosive live performances, with an insatiable desire to give every gig their all- their acts have come to be associated with electrified and jittery shows. Having just performed in Russia little earlier last week, and with a slew of performances around Ireland, Spain, and Italy ahead of them— Girl Band are a raging mess of music and energy, and it’s wonderful. Most certainly ones to watch this year.

Girl Band play the Button Factory on 7 November.

Check out ‘Lawman’ to see what they’re all about.

 

Elaine McDonald

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