Dublin art-rock gurus Girl Band are set to release their second album ‘The Talkies’ in September on the legendary Rough Trade label.
To celebrate, Dara Kiely and the gang have announced two shows in Dublin’s Vicar Street in November.
The first is already sold out but there are still tickets available for the second show on Saturday November 23.
We have two tickets (yes, TWO) to give away for the Saturday night show – all you have to do is to tell us what your favourite song is by either an all-female band or a female-fronted band and why.
My pet octopus will choose the winner (…only squidding).
To whet your appetite, above is the band’s new video for ‘Shoulderblades’, which was directed by Bob Gallagher, shot in a studio in County Wicklow, and features a remarkable performance by dancer Oona Doherty, who is in sync with the intensity and claustrophobia of the music.
Imagine Black Swan soundtracked by The Fall instead of Tchaikovsky. But be warned: there will be blood.
Nick says: Lines must close at 7pm. Good luck to all our readers!
Girl Band – new single ahead of Pitchfork Fest appearance
What you may need to know…
01. Taut, noisy and perpetually bothered, Dublin four-piece Girl Band have ascended quickly from the ranks of the Irish DIY scene and onto the world stage of independent music.
02. Debut full-length Holding Hands With Jamie came in last year on a wave of momentum generated by relentless touring, and a string of singles & EPs. It’s received massive critical acclaim, including the affections of The Guardian, among others.
03. Streaming above is the newly-released video for single In Plastic, directed by the band’s longtime visual collaborator Bob Gallagher. A tad more focused than the band’s trademark surrealism, it still manages to take potshots at Trump-era paranoia. In Plastic releases on limited 7″ July 8th via Rough Trade.
04. The single releases ahead of the band’s appearance at Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival on the 16th of July. Stateside readers might take note that the band also appears with GREYS at Baby’s All RIght in Brooklyn, New York on the 14th.
Verdict: You can love them or hate them, and they do tend to divide opinion almost effortlessly, there’s nothing quite like them. Absolutely white-hot live, also.