Whilst Dublin 4 piece Girl Band’s cataclysmic sound avoids consignment to any singular genre, it’s thrusting noise-rock guitars, heavy techno drum beats and wailing vocals paired with frontman Dara Kiely’s witty, mundane and often surrealist lyrics create ‘as perfect an expression of rock’n’roll’s essential auto-destructive impulse as this writers ever heard.’ Trailblazers for modern Irish alternative music and known for their ferocious live shows which have been described as chaotic, electrifying and ‘genuinely dangerous, like one last rave before the apocalypse’, Girl Band are not just a band, but a force.
After a series of 7”s, 2 EPs and signing to Rough Trade Records, they let loose debut album Holding Hands With Jamie in September 2015 to rampant critical acclaim, whose nine tracks finally perfectly captured, the tension and abrasive energy of a Girl Band performance. Following a 4 year hiatus which left fans and critics alike on tenterhooks, comes Girl Band’s 2nd studio album, The Talkies. It was recorded in November 2018 at Ballintubbert House, Ireland. The alien construction of Ballintubbert and its corridors help to navigate their cataclysmic sound within a world of its own. And this enigmatic manor became Girl Band’s sonic playground. The Talkies is living and breathing, in a continual state of metamorphosis. It encompasses everything there is to love about the Dublin 4-piece while simultaneously causing an exciting level of discomfort.