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EP REVIEW : Girl Band – ‘The Early Years’ EP

We’ve been championing ‘Girl Band’ for a while now. Their unique harsh sound has elevated ’Dublin’s best kept secret’ from a pub band to media darlings. Continuing to build on this momentum, and before the release of a much anticipated LP (it should be out in Autumn 2015), Rough Trade have decided to drop an EP containing the bands recent releases, entitled ‘The Early Years’ EP.

All five tracks on the new EP are a country mile away from the bands previous 2012 EP release ‘France 98’ and certainly show-case a band who are attempting to create something very different from the overwhelming amount of middle-of-the-road rock acts dropping anchor at venues the breadth of the UK.

The bands ability to combine thrashing guitar against a disco background has certainly been done before but I would suggest never with such bravado and with a sound that is so damn destructive. ‘Lawman’ combines a wonderful 4/4 drum beat and guitars that ooze distortion, while the thirty-one seconds of ‘The Cha Cha Cha’ offer a breathless climax to the EP.

The EP’s centre-piece though is actually a cover of UK techno producer Blawan’s “Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?”. We’re treated to eight minutes of distortion and energy that leave the listener on the point of utter exhaustion. Only the sadomasochists amongst us hit the repeat button.

If you haven’t been fortunate enough to experience Girl Band’s unique take on ferocious noise-rock yet then remedy that today. You’ll thank us for it … we promise.

‘The Early Years’ is out now via Rough Trade

The full track-listing for ‘The Early Years’ EP is as following…


‘De Bom Bom’

‘I Love You’

‘Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage’

‘The Cha Cha Cha’

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