What is adolescence? The Oxford English Dictionary defines adolescence as ‘the period following the onset of puberty during which a young person develops from a child into an adult’. That definition is well and good, but what it doesn’t tell us about are the fits of apathy, indecision, rage, and passion that we all experience in our journey through adolescence. But for those who want a nostalgic trip back to what adolescence felt like or to those of you who want a heads-up then listen to ‘De Bom Bom’, the new single from Irish noise-mongers, Girl Band.
After the 6-minute no-wave epic ‘Lawman’ and the 30-second burst of ‘The Cha Cha Cha’, ‘De Bom Bom’ sits nicely in-between the two songs both sonically and in terms of its playtime. At just short of 3 minutes and 40 seconds, ‘De Bom Bom’ displays all the characteristics of Girl Band’s sound – scratched guitars and fuzzed bass are looped over manic drums, while Dara Kiely’s vocal ranges from apathetic, laid back drawl to frenzied screams and then the odd, surprising falsetto. It flits manically much like the emotions of an adolescent but simultaneously the tempo/sonic changes are perfectly controlled and never out-of-place, making ‘De Bom Bom’ just as intense and focussed as anything Girl Band have produced so far in their relatively embryonic career. And importantly they somehow have been able to capture the aggression they display live perfectly onto record – a feat, which many bands before them have failed to achieve.
This band is a truly special talent – an aggressive, awesome talent. Love them, fear them but do not avoid them.
‘De Bom Bom’ is out on the 1st September on Any Other City, and is available to pre-order here. If you like what you’re hearing, then make sure to follow Girl Band on their Facebook page here. Girl Band will also be touring the UK & Ireland this autumn. See the tour dates below:
19 Sept – Joe Lees, Tullamore (+ Spies)
20 Sept – International guitar festival, Clonakilty, Cork
26 Sept – Kasbah Social Club, Limerick (+ Spies)
27 Sept – The Button Factory, Dublin (+ Cian Nugent)
9 Oct – Roisin Dubh, Galway (+ Spies)
10 Oct – The Spirit Tour, Dundalk (+ Spies)
16 Oct – Shapes, London UK
17 Oct – Night & Day, Manchester UK
18 Oct – Pavilion, Cork