As their melodies drag and chords are played with hormonal melancholy and dizzy gloom, I’m transported back to sulky teenage days and dreams in the distance, giddy and dazed with what the future may hold. Ominous tones and unsteady notes with a jagged edge ring out from Girlpool – the Los Angeles duo comprised of Cleo Tucker (guitar) and Harmony Tividad (bass) – whilst the twanging notes and clipped rhythms add a sense of latent fizz. Shades of giddiness mix with blurring dejection on their eponymous EP: ‘Paint Me Colors’ is an ode to despondent evenings alone, the scrawling ‘Jane’ flirts with psychedelica, and ‘Blah Blah Blah’ sees the tempo revved up and the hormones racing.
Think frantic and grungy, feminine and bolshy, a la Speedy Ortiz, Shampoo, Hole and Lush. Honest, catchy, self aware and drenched in rawness, their flexing punk is packed with grazing ferocity and a wholesome DIY ethos.
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