Girl Band have announced their debut album, Holding Hands with Jamie, out September 25th on Rough Trade.
Girl Band live are known for their intense live shows, and have developed a strong following as a result. They previously released The Early Years EP and their early handmade releases. Yes, and a video for their eight minute cover of Blawan’s “Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?” — worth checking out.
The album was recorded in April 2015, two days after returning home from their first-ever US tour, the nine tracks making up Holding Hands with Jamie capture, more than any previous recordings, the tension and abrasive energy of a Girl Band performance.
Going into the studio (Bow Lane, Dublin) to record an album — rather than a track or two here and there — “required a different mindset,” guitarist Alan Duggan explained. “It was way more challenging to stay focused — tricky to find a balance between keeping a distance from the songs for perspective but also to fully concentrate on them.”
While they had the luxury of studio time (“We spent three or four days just setting up drums, amps, and mics”), the band laid down seven of the tracks in less than two days, ensuring that the record pulses with vitality and forward momentum.
Girl Band – Holding Hands with Jamie
(Sep 25, 2015 – Rough Trade)
2. Pears for Lunch
4. In Plastic
6. The Last Riddler
7. Texting an Alien
8. Fucking Butter
9. The Witch Doctor
Girl Band will be touring the US in November & December.
Girl Band are:
Dara Kiely (vox)
Alan Duggan (guitar)
Daniel Fox (bass)
Adam Faulkner (drums)