Written by bassist Paula Cullen, “Black Oil” emerged from a jam session with drummer Sarah Grimes. Paula explains; “The imagery in the lyrics came from a couple of places, the first being a dream I had, the second being some crazy stuff I had written down on Christmas night last after a few drinks. The meaning of the lyrics “if I could swim, I’d be dead by now” is about acceptance of ones own limitations and the realisation that perhaps sometimes your perceived shortcomings can be the thing that saves you.”
As the year draws to a close, September Girls reveal their new video for “Black Oil”, taken from their latest EP Veneer (out now on Kanine Records in the US and Fortuna POP! in Europe). The song is much darker than anything to be found on their remarkable debut Cursing the Sea (which came out earlier in the year), instead of the usual girl band harmonies, it opens with a spikey drumbeat and staccato guitars that break in to a Middle Eastern inspired melody, overlayed with spoken lyrics that climax in to contorted screams.
Drawing inspiration from the likes of Phil Spector, The Velvet Underground, The Cure, My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus And Mary Chain, the five-piece play reverb-soaked noise-pop of the finest order, with distant layered harmonies, swirling organ and distorted guitar.
As their year of triumph draws to a close, September Girls returns with a brand new four track EP titled Veneer, recorded deep underground in Guerrilla Studios, Dublin. Whilst still retaining their signature drenched feedback sound, the tracks have a greater depth and polish than the album recordings.